Naked Prey, The (1966): Cornell Wilde Produces, Directs and Stars

Paramount (Theodora Productions)

Produced and directed Cornel Wilde (“Leave Her to Heaven”), who also stars in this violent actioner, “The Naked Prey” centers on a Victorian big-game hunter who is attacked by a warlike African tribe.

The primitive tribesmen give him a chance to survive if he can pass a series of tests, sort of rituals, such as being hunted down like the animals that he himself used to pursue.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Story and Screenplay (Original): Clint Johnston and Don Peters

Oscar Awards: None

The winners of Original Story and Screenplay were Claude Lelouch and Pierre Uytterhoeven for the French romantic melodrama, “A Man and a Woman.”

Oscar Context

In the same year, the other nominees were Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, and Edward Bond for “Blowup,” Robert Ardery for “Khartoum,” and Billy Wilder and I.A. L. Diamond for “The Fortune Cookie.”