Naked Kiss

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

New Video Interview with Star Constance Towers by Film Historian and Filmmaker Charles Dennis; ; Excerpts from a 1983 episode of The South Bank Show dedicated to Director Samuel Fuller; ; Interview with Fuller from a 1967 Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps; ; Interview with Fuller from a 1987 episode of the French television series Cinéma Cinémas; ; Original Theatrical Trailer
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • UPC: 715515067218
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / B&W
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,116

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 III 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 -- Naked Kiss
1. "What's Coming To Me" [4:08]
2. Grantville, USA [3:11]
3. Goodwill Is Business [6:12]
4. "Four Corners To My Bed" [4:22]
5. Candy's Bonbons [2:32]
6. "Handicapped Children?" [2:43]
7. The Longest Look [3:41]
8. "If You Pretend Hard Enough" [1:18]
9. Grant's Homecoming [5:58]
10. Moonlight Sonata [5:53]
11. "Ten, Ten, And Five" [7:50]
12. Rock Of Gibraltar [4:43]
13. Beethoven's Fifth [2:26]
14. "Mommy, Dear" [4:10]
15. The Big Score [4:16]
16. Bluebird of Happiness [4:26]
17. "A Naked Kiss" [5:53]
18. No Help For Kelly [5:00]
19. Little Girl [8:43]
20. Penal Code 1385 [3:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Naked Kiss
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Supplements
      The South Bank Show: "Sam Fuller"
      Cinéastes De Notre Temps
      Cinéma Cinémas
      Constance Towers
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    I recently purchased this dvd at B & N being a little hesita

    I recently purchased this dvd at B & N being a little hesitant due to never having seen the movie. I grasped from reviews that Director sam fuller was an in your face director showcasing controversial subjects and depicting them in a hard hitting kind of manner. After viewing the opening scene I was a little doubtful that I would enjoy the flick. However from there on out til the end I was quite impressed. While this movie isn't for the prim/proper nor faint of heart I thought it offered a good story and dealt with human redemption/reputations and finding the goodness in people even in trying circumstances.---- P. S. .....The quality of the print is great as is almost always the case with criterion,and you get a 2nd disc of special features. I give it 4 stars as I find the movie very good ---5stars for the criterion package.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Classic, pulp-fiction noir film. Pulls no punches! Constance Tow

    Classic, pulp-fiction noir film. Pulls no punches! Constance Towers is a tough dame with a heart of gold.

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