The Naked Prey
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Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur, Cornel Wilde created a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, in the sixties and seventies, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends an African tribe, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. Only Wilde's marksman is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he embarks on a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle, back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camerawork and unflinching savagery, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the notion of civilization.
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Wilde is a guide whose safari of foolish white hunters antagonizes some ferocious natives, who proceed to kill the hunters in a variety of graphically nasty ways. The natives allow Wilde a head start, then chase him. It is this chase that forms the bulk of the movie. Along the way, Wilde shows the natives (and the audience) that a near naked white man can still be a formidable foe. The pursuing natives, led by Ken Gampu, are a diverse lot, not all of whom are as dedicated to the chase as he is. They have numbers, food, knives. Wilde has only his fierce determination to live. What starts out as a standard chase movie, morphs quickly enough into another sort of chase. This time, though, it is Wilde who starts calling the shots about who is chasing whom. THE NAKED PREY is full of magnificent vignettes of survival on the African plain. This is no jungle movie. It is an engrossing film that allows the camera frequent panoramic sweeps over vast desert plains that are quite capable of supporting life if one only knows how. The natives are astonished that Wilde's knowledge is at least as full as theirs.Read more ›
This was filmed entirely in Africa and Wilde makes great use of the rich locales. The hunt is juxtaposed at various times with real footage of animals contending with each other in the natural world, and there are some pretty memorable scenes here alone (including the snaring of a flying sparrow by a tree climbing viper!). This is a 2:35:1 movie, but you?ll be hard pressed to see it that way. I think there is a laserdisc, but no DVD. If you can, catch it on AMC until they come out with a well-deserved DVD version, because the widescreen format is well-used here, serving to encompass a panorama of natural beauty.Read more ›
The film starts out slowly but the tension builds as the white hunters ignore and insult the natives that they see as harmless. The scenes of torture and death are quite graphic for a mid-60's film and because of this the film is not for family viewing. The movie really takes off once Cornel Wilde escapes and his fight for survival is as realistic as it is gruesome.
This film leaves me with 2 questions that I would love someone to answer. First, why do they not make movies like this anymore? And second, when oh when will this come out on DVD??
Most recent customer reviews
I give it a five star for the acting was quite good. A tough one to run thru the bushes as he did!Published 21 months ago by Stanley
The story line is very interesting. I was interested that this story originated in North America. Although the movie is dated it still holds your attention to the very end. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2013 by Raymond G Chegwidden
Cornel Wilde portrays a white hunter captured by African hunters who then make him their prey. He's given a chance to run away, but not much chance for survival. Read morePublished on April 12 2009 by Guy L. Storms
Tarantino wishes he could make a movie like this---exact opposite of his over-dialogued palgiarisms, this gem has almost no dialogue! Read morePublished on June 20 2003
A true rarity in the action/adventure genre, this film lingers in the viewer's mind long after it's over. Haunting. Satisfying. At times even moving. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Joseph Murillo
... I found it an impressive tale of survival in the great African wilderness. A genuinely savage story of the survival of the fittest, whom in this white movie happens to be the... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by L. A. Mandeville
One of the best movies I've seen,I really enjoyed it.Very realistic and well made,for its time.Cornel Wildes direction was superb.Published on Oct. 9 2001
I first saw this film in the theatre as a teenager. It really packed a wallop then and is still very compelling. The action is well choreographed and the photography is beautiful. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Michael