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.
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
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]
Naked Kiss 4.2 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
Classic, pulp-fiction noir film. Pulls no punches! Constance Towers is a tough dame with a heart of gold.