The Naked Prey – Criterion [DVD] (1965) *NEW*

The Naked Prey – Criterion [DVD] (1965) *NEW*


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 late 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 and back to a primitive state. Distinguished by widescreen camera work 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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A safari guide (Cornel Wilde) cautions the hunting party he is leading to respect the African natives they encounter. Instead of heeding this advice, one of the party actively insults the tribe, which captures and kills the entire group. Only the guide is spared. But he is stripped of his clothing, and given a head start before the warriors give chase. Using his knowledge of the land and resourcefulness, the guide must make his way back to the closest British fort.

The Naked Prey
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Directed by Cornel Wilde
Produced by Cornel Wilde
Sven Persson
Written by Clint Johnston
Don Peters
Starring Cornel Wilde
Ken Gampu
Patrick Mynhardt
Bella Randels
Gert van den Bergh
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
3 June 1965
Running time
96 mins.
Country Rhodesia
United States
Language EnglishAfrikaansNguni languages
Budget $647,649[

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Weight 0.7 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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