Naked Kiss

Naked Kiss

4.2 5
Director: Samuel Fuller

Cast: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante

     
 

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Kelly (Constance Towers), a prostitute who wants to transform her life, beats up her pimp, takes the 75 dollars he owes her, and leaves town. Winding up in the small town of Grantville, she turns a trick with Griff (Anthony Eisley), who is actually the sheriff. After paying her for sex, Griff tells Kelly that Grantville is a clean town and orders her out, though he… See more details below

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Kelly (Constance Towers), a prostitute who wants to transform her life, beats up her pimp, takes the 75 dollars he owes her, and leaves town. Winding up in the small town of Grantville, she turns a trick with Griff (Anthony Eisley), who is actually the sheriff. After paying her for sex, Griff tells Kelly that Grantville is a clean town and orders her out, though he refers her to a brothel in a neighboring city. Instead, Kelly makes a final break with her past and becomes a nurse's aide at the local children's hospital. In that capacity, she meets Grant (Michael Dante), who is a benefactor of the hospital, a descendant of the town's founder -- and Griff's best friend. As Grant and Kelly fall in love, Griff viciously accuses Kelly of using her hospital job to hide ongoing illicit activities. When Kelly tells Grant about her past, he seems to accept her without reservation and proposes marriage; however, Kelly soon learns the perverse truth about her fiancée and takes matters into her own hands. Samuel Fuller's raw film noir exposes the hypocrisy of a supposedly proper society. Beneath the veneer of respectability lies an exploitive abuse of power, no different from that of any pimp.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
The Naked Kiss is a truly unique film that isn't easily classified as either "good" or "bad." Indeed, this movie is a mind-boggling collection of apparent contradictions. It's a lurid shocker with a tabloid sensibility that smacks the viewer right in the face (almost literally during the amazing opening sequence in which a bald-headed Constance Towers beats a pimp with her spike-heeled shoe); yet this moralistic film addresses serious issues and displays compassion and respect for some of society's outcasts. Although the film is an exploitative melodrama about a sexy prostitute who tries to "pass" in respectable society, Fuller's sympathy is clearly with this iron-willed, intelligent, self-reliant person; indeed, his film could be considered a strong feminist indictment of the way men abuse and exploit women. This hardboiled B picture attacks society's hypocrisy, although it seems to be rather sentimental at times; and while this low-budget flick has uneven acting, cheap sets, and gratuitous footage from the director's own home movies, it also features beautifully glossy cinematography by Stanely Cortez (whose other credits include both The Magnificent Ambersons and They Saved Hitler's Brain). Fuller confounds notions of quality so much that it's difficult to tell whether certain scenes (e.g., the singing crippled children) are intended to be sincerely sentimental or intentionally overdone. It does seem, however, that he was deliberately subverting at least some of the clichés that surface in this film. So the best way to appreciate The Naked Kiss is probably to keep in mind how much this independent film went against the grain of Hollywood movies of its time period.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0089218598790
Original Release:
1964
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
63,585

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Constance Towers Kelly
Anthony Eisley Griff
Michael Dante Grant
Virginia Grey Candy
Patsy Kelly Mac
Betty Bronson Miss Josephine
Marie Devereaux Buff
Karen Conrad Dusty
Linda Francis Rembrandt
Barbara Perry Edna
Gerald Michenaud Kip
Christopher Barry Peanuts
George Spell Tim
Patty Robinson Angel Face
Neyle Morrow Officer Sam
Gerald Milton Zookie
Sally Mills Marshmallow
Edy Williams Hatrack
Bill Sampson Jerry
Walter Mac Neil Mike
Betty Robinson Bunny
Breena Howard Redhead

Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Act Costumes/Costume Designer
Hazel Allensworth Costumes/Costume Designer
Einar H. Bourman Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Paul Dunlap Score Composer
Sam Firks Producer
Leon Fromkess Producer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
John Guarniere Songwriter
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Harry Thomas Makeup
Jerome Thoms Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Naked Kiss
2. Chapter 1 [14:43]
3. Chapter 2 [15:24]
4. Chapter 3 [15:02]
5. Chapter 4 [17:32]
6. Chapter 5 [14:15]
7. Chapter 6 [12:48]

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