The Naked Jungle

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Overview

It doesn't take long for old-time-radio fans to figure out that The Naked Jungle is a film version of the classic Carl Stephenson nailbiter Leiningen Versus the Ants. Charlton Heston plays South American plantation owner Christopher Leiningen, who spends most of the film preparing for the hellish onslaught of deadly soldier ants. The original story concentrated solely on Leiningen; the film version hokes things up a bit by bestowing upon the hero a gorgeous mail-order bride, played by Eleanor Parker. No matter: ...
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Overview

It doesn't take long for old-time-radio fans to figure out that The Naked Jungle is a film version of the classic Carl Stephenson nailbiter Leiningen Versus the Ants. Charlton Heston plays South American plantation owner Christopher Leiningen, who spends most of the film preparing for the hellish onslaught of deadly soldier ants. The original story concentrated solely on Leiningen; the film version hokes things up a bit by bestowing upon the hero a gorgeous mail-order bride, played by Eleanor Parker. No matter: the climactic insect invasion is well worth the wait, utilizing the Paramount Pictures optical-effects department to the nth degree. The Naked Jungle also offers excellent supporting work from Abraham Sofaer, Douglas Fowley, and William Conrad, who also acted in several of the radio adaptations of the Carl Stephenson yarn.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The last half of The Naked Jungle is an exciting adventure flick, a man vs. nature story that is hard to resist. Unfortunately, the first half is padded out with a rather soapy romance story that, while it serves to tell the audience a great deal about the character of Christopher Leiningen, simply isn't very interesting. This schizophrenic halving of the film is unfortunate, for if all of Naked was as well done as its climactic invasion sequence, it would have been quite memorable. It would also have been a better film if the romance story had been a bit fresher, or if the first half and, it must be admitted, the film as a whole had contained decent dialogue. Modern viewers will also be turned off by the manner in both halves of the film in which the natives are portrayed, as well as by the egotism of Leiningen. But Naked does boast one of Charlton Heston's better, less mannered performances, as well as a dandy one from the lovely Eleanor Parker, who knows how to make a strong impression even in a film in which a swarm of ants is the real star. And by the last half, when the crisis becomes known and Heston and Parker swing into action, the film does become engrossing, with a number of nail-biting moments. Though clearly produced on a budget, the special effects are quite impressive, and director Byron Haskin knows exactly what he's doing from the time the focus switches from romantic troubles to a physical crisis. Though the lack of buildup may mute its impact somewhat, The Naked Jungle is probably a better film that's better if you catch it halfway through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883316754993
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,270

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eleanor Parker Joanna Leiningen
Charlton Heston Christopher Leiningen
Abraham Sofaer Incacha
William Conrad Commissioner
Romo Vincent Boat Captain
Douglas Fowley Medicine Man
John Dierkes Gruber
Leonard Strong Kutina
Norma Calderon Zala
Pilar del Rey
Bernie Gozier
Leon Lontoc
John Mansfield Foreman
Ronald Alan Numkena
Rodd Redwing
Jack Reitzen
John E. Wood
Jerry Groves
Carlos Rivero
Technical Credits
Byron Haskin Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Herbert Coleman Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Everett Douglas Editor
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Frank Freeman Jr. Associate Producer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Ben Maddow Screenwriter
George Pal Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup
Philip Yordan Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    This is one of my favorite movies.  Somehow watched it as a chil

    This is one of my favorite movies.  Somehow watched it as a child probably on a Saturday afternoon.  Love the tension between Christopher and Joanna.  Both are just great!  Thrilled to find and watch again especially since 80's TV show MacGuyver did a Naked Jungle episode!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ants in your pants

    marabunta whats that. thats lingo for giant ant invasion.that is what you get in this entertaining account of plantation ruler charlton heston fighting off soilder ants to save his land.also beautiful eleanor parker as a mail order bride seems chuck is a little frigid at first until he downs some brandy and consumates the marriage. william conrad adds a nice touch as loyal friend

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