The Naked Jungle

1954

Adventure / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.8

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8

Given the fact that this is the Fifties and the Code was coming to an end, this is still a remarkably erotic film, almost Tennessee Williams like in its treatment of sexual issues.<br/><br/>Charlton Heston&#39;s Christopher Leiningen could have been created by Tennessee Willlams. He came to the South American jungles as a teenager and built up a plantation out of the jungle and it took him over 15 years to do it. He now decides to get himself a wife and begat some children. <br/><br/>Heston says so quite frankly he has pointedly refrained from indulging any lust with the native women because in his society there&#39;a a nasty name for whites who do so. In keeping with his Tennessee Williams like character, he&#39;s from New Orleans so his attitude to darker skinned people is understandable.<br/><br/>He has his brother put in an advertisement for a mail order bride and Heston can&#39;t believe his luck when the drop dead gorgeous Eleanor Parker shows up on his door. She&#39;s not what you would picture a mail order bride to be. But then marital problems arise when he discovers she&#39;s a widow, used goods as the common phrase was back in the day.<br/><br/>Parker has a few of her own issues and that and Heston&#39;s inexperience in these matters lead to a rocky start and almost an ending. But then come the ants.<br/><br/>As District Commissioner William Conrad says, every generation or two something puts ants in the ants pants and up they come out of their ant hills and go on the march destroying every scrap of life before them. And man has found no way to stop them.<br/><br/>The ants kind of make everyone come together in a crisis. What they do is some of the most frightening stuff ever put on film.<br/><br/>If The Naked Jungle were made today it would be far more explicit about all the sexual problems than this version was. There might be better special effects. But you won&#39;t get better players than you will in Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker as leads. <br/><br/>Unless they resurrected Tennessee Williams to write the screenplay.

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Reviewed by Bogmeister 7

An old style Hollywood adventure taking place in the Amazon jungles circa year 1901, this is a favorite of mine from TV showings dating back 30 years ago. A portion of the jungles have been tamed by Heston&#39;s character as the story begins; he&#39;s carved out his own little kingdom with sweat and blood, with the help of local natives, and now his new wife (Parker), married by proxy, arrives. This is one of Heston&#39;s better characters: he&#39;s well-suited to play this proud, often arrogant male, driven to build a personal empire to perhaps compensate for the inherent failings of such men. His main weakness is he knows nothing about women, and Parker, almost regal in her bearing, represents a kind of strength and sophistication he is obviously not accustomed to. Their meeting and slowly building towards a mutual respect after a very rough beginning is in itself an interesting story, but this exotic adventure throws in a spectacular menace to add suspense to the whole thing. The jungle, as it turns out, allows Heston only 15 years of conquest before fighting back in &#39;nature-gone-amok&#39; style similar to all the future eco-terror pictures of the later seventies.<br/><br/>By now, everyone knows that this menace is the soldier ant, or &#39;marabunta&#39; as it&#39;s mysteriously referred to in the middle of the story. I think even audiences who saw this back in &#39;54 were probably aware of what the threat was beforehand, as well. But it&#39;s not revealed during the film until after several ominous yet uninformative references by the main characters. It comes across as some huge monstrous threat - which indeed it is - billions upon billions of these ants merge together to form a monster 20 miles long and 2 miles wide. As the local commissioner (Conrad) states, with quavering voice, these ants actually think, in military fashion. Nothing stands in its way and we mean nothing. But, of course, if anyone is going to give it the all-American try, it&#39;s Heston (yes, he&#39;s a character who grew up in South America, but he&#39;s strictly the U.S.of A breed - the rugged individual). This builds towards a literal war between Heston&#39;s resources and the invading army of ants, and it&#39;s a grand finale. It&#39;s interesting that this came out about the same time as &quot;Them,&quot; a sci-fi tale about giant ants. But the ants here are real - this may make them all the more terrifying. See also &quot;Phase IV,&quot; twenty years later, for a different take on even more intelligent ants.

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Reviewed by Spikeopath 8

The Naked Jungle is directed by Byron Haskin and based around the short story Leiningen Versus The Ants written by Carl Stephenson. It stars Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, Abraham Sofaer and William Conrad. Music is scored by Daniele Amfitheatrof and cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.<br/><br/>1901, South America, and mail order bride Joanna Selby (Parker) arrives at the plantation owned by her husband Christopher Leiningen. She is shocked to find life at the plantation is hardly idyllic, but not as shocked as Leiningen is when he finds out that Joanna was once married before. With his own hang ups gnawing away at him and he refusing to accept Joanna as his bride, the relationship appears to be heading nowhere. However, she&#39;s made of stern stuff, and when a swarm of soldier ants is known to be heading towards the plantation, Joanna and Chris might just find that love is actually there?<br/><br/>Filmed in glorious Technicolor by Laszlo and produced by George Pal (Destination Moon/The War of the Worlds/The Time Machine), The Naked Jungle seems to be a forgotten movie on the CV&#39;s of Pal and Heston. A crying shame since it&#39;s very well mounted and carries a uniqueness worthy of further delving. Perhaps it got lost in the slipstream of Them! The other Ant movie out that year? What transpires is an hour of interesting character build up, where Heston &amp; Parker&#39;s characters take centre stage and benefit from literate writing (Philip Yordan). The sweaty backdrop of the jungle plantation keeps things on the simmer, but it&#39;s the dialect and emoting of the performers that really holds the interest. True, Heston does at times over do it with some &quot;woe is me&quot; acting as he looks off into the distance (he has major issues we learn), but it works because it bounces off of Parker&#39;s (a Technicolor treat for the eyes) intelligent and stoic performance.<br/><br/>Film then shifts to creature feature territory for the last third. Once the army of Marabunta are spied off in the distance, laying waste to everything in their path, picture has become a war involving man against nature, where if man wins? He may not only save his life, but more pertinently his soul. Heston stops the tortured emoting and sticks out is lantern jaw, squares up his shoulders and stands firm in the face of such a hostile and intelligent enemy. By his side, the wife, multi talented and brave of heart, they make quite a couple. The chemistry between the two is simmering with sexual tension, and thanks to the writing the characters are fabulously engaging and make us care about the outcome of picture. Director Haskin, too, utilises the scenery and plantation setting to frame his protagonists for maximum impact, his camera work airy and unobtrusive. While his crafting of the biblical fight against the ants is thrilling and boosted no end by marvellous effects work (John P. Fulton).<br/><br/>An oddity? Yes, for sure. But it&#39;s a smart and intelligent picture that successfully manages to blend the sci-fi and nature aspects with complex human characterisations. 8/10

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