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The Naked Prey -  Criterion Collection
The Naked Prey - Criterion Collection
Actor: Cornel Wilde
Director: Cornel Wilde
Genres: Action & Adventure
R     2008     1hr 36min

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 ninet...  more »


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Actor: Cornel Wilde
Director: Cornel Wilde
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Classics
Studio: Criterion Collection
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/15/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1966
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 24
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Naked Does Not Mean Defenseless
Martin Asiner | jersey city, nj United States | 08/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most films which have the basic premise of a white man battling native Africans somewhere in the Dark Continent usually portray these natives as nameless, unmotivated ugga-mugga tribesmen whose only purpose in life seems to be able to toss missionaries into a round cooking pot. Thankfully, Cornel Wilde acts in and directs himself in THE NAKED PREY, a movie that is as astoundingly gripping as any film whose plot revolves around the hero's struggle for survival in a savage environment.
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. Along the way, Wilde befriends a very young boy whose family was captured by Arabic slavers, and it is this boy whose very initial helplessness reminds Wilde that vulnerability is a trait that has the practical value of reminding one that arrogance on the plain is a negative survival characteristic. The latter half of the movie is a continuing series of confrontations between Wilde and Gampu. By the end, both the pursued and the pursuer recognize that sometimes the distinction between the two is a muddied affair at best, and the winner is not necessarily the one with a trophy, but with a recognition that all life, even the life of your enemy, has some value during a deadly game of chase."
Where is the DVD?????
M. Kupper | Seattle, WA | 01/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Unbelievable. One of the best movies ever made and not even a whisper about a new release. Yet we get releases of TV shows like Full House. SAD."
One of my all time favorites
Goozh | Carol Stream, IL United States | 04/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I accidentally caught this movie late at night when I was a kid...and found it the most gripping movie I had ever seen. 30 years later my opinion has not changed one bit. After an hour into the movie, I remember finding myself amazed at how much I cared about the characters and how strongly their personalities came through - even with virtually no dialogue!! This is perhaps one of the most underrated movies in the latter half of the 20th century. Other reviewers here have already done an exceptional job of running down the highlights, so I need not do the same.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??"
We want our DVD!
cal cardenas | Los Angeles, CA | 02/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the truely best action and adventure movies i've ever seen come out of the 60's. It is an absolute crime that it is not out on DVD yet. Come on guys!....get on it!"