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Naked Prey [VHS] (1966)

Joe Dlamini , Ken Gampu  |  Unrated |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Dlamini, Ken Gampu, Morrison Gampu, Horace Gilman, John Marcus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300215849
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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FILMED IN AFRICA,A HUNTING PARTY IS KILLED,ALL BUT CORNEL WILDE,WHO IS SET FREE ONLY TO BE HUNTED DOWN AND KILLED.SCARCE ON DIALOG BUT LOTS OF SUSPENSE.

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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Does Not Mean Defenseless August 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornel Wilde is `The Man' January 7, 2003
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This overlooked gem directed by and starring one-time Olympic fencer Cornel Wilde concerns a knowledgeable safari guide (known only as The Man) whose greedy client gets him into a slew of trouble when he refuses to pay tribute to a band of Zulus while hunting elephants in Africa. The Zulus return en masse and take the white hunters prisoner, torturing them to death in a variety of ingenious ways. Recognizing Wilde as being made of stouter stuff than his companions, they strip him naked and cut him loose with the intent of hunting him down. But their generosity backfires when Wilde up and kills one of them. What follows is one of the greatest pursuit movies of all time as the vengeful Zulu hunters chase the Man across the savannah in a race to reach a remote British fort. The Man has to use every ounce of human ingenuity to stave off his relentless pursuers, as well as to contend with various random perils (pissed off wildlife, starvation, and slavers, to name a few).
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favorites April 5, 2004
By Resa
Format:VHS Tape
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??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Run for Your Life: Exciting Realism July 1, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
An all time great film with Cornel Wilde starring and producing the film. This adventure film offers a respectful portrayal of African life with a guide (Wilde) on his last hunting safari with an arrogant group of white hunters. Insult turns to ultimate and dramatic revenge as the insulted tribe acts to even the score in a barbaric and frightening fashion. You pity the ignorant whites as they suffer cruel and horrible death along with their African aides. In respect to Wilde, the tribe allows him a brave's death allowing him to run for his life with a head start with nothing but his bare skin. Wilde is followed by single tribesman staggered in pursuit but his initial success against his adversaries result in pursuit by a well armed platoon of tribesman led by an angry and possessed leader that will not stop. Filmed on location in Africa, Wilde plays the part realistically, almost in documentary style, virtually living the role as he eats what he can in this marathon pursuit. Portraying the harshness of African life in the mid 20th century, you can relate to the cruelty of Darfur today with a scene of Arabs raiding a peaceful village brutally making them slaves for sale. The film features non-stop excitement with a race to the death that reaches its climax, with all characters gasping for air, only at the very end of the film. You won't catch your own breath until the credits pass.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cult favorite. Very very enjoyable and way way ahead of its time. Genius actor.
Published 6 days ago by Magz Faux
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic from the talents of Cornel Wilde
This is a great movie by actor, producer, Cornel Wilde...although the theme is reflective of Colter's run for his life-the theme is an exciting one if you can put yourself in a... Read more
Published 9 days ago by bulitmustang
4.0 out of 5 stars Naked Prey
We both liked the movie and glad we got it to add to our dvd collection. It came on time and we liked how simple the process was.
Published 2 months ago by Constance Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars short review
This movie was far ahead of its time. Although antiquated culturally and unknowingly insensitive in some respects, it pointed to the nobility of all of us brothers and sisters... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars a Race for Life
Cornel Wilde scores a five in this movie as a Safari guide forced to run for his life butt naked in the African bush. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beowolf Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah buddy,
They just don't make these kind of movies anymore!!!!
The acting, the plot, the scenery is superb!!!
Definetly a collectors DVD.
Published 3 months ago by ARTHUR
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Prey Is the Definitive African survival Film
Naked Prey is the African version of the John Coulter legend, expertly and sensitively rendered by Cornel Wilde. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Walton P. Sellers III
4.0 out of 5 stars The Concern for other cultures
Excellant movie. Shows how some of the rich have no concern for the other cultures. Well played by Cornel Wilde, and his hunters.
Published 5 months ago by Joseph J. Takacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is one of my all time favorite movies. The Criterion Collection movie is super clean and not grainy with washed out colors.
Published 5 months ago by Gryffindell
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD FANTASTIC CONDITION
PERFECT BUYING EXPERIENCE. GREAT STORY AND REASONABLE PRICE .. MUCH ATTENTION WAS GIVEN FOR MY COMPLETE SATISFACTION IS EVERY WAY.. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. THANK YOU. LOUISE MARRA
Published 6 months ago by Louise Marra
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