The Naked Kiss
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... arguably the most aggressively defiant film of his career."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"An audacious mix of cynicism, sleaze, sentimental gooeyness and social commentary, it's bizarre and at times an assault on the senses..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Melodrama masterpiece"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Like Fuller, Kelly believes in the direct approach, and a good slap can get quick results."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Fuller's The Naked Kiss is one of his oddest and most brutal works."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fascinatingly perverse Sam Fuller film"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"uses it tabloid-sensational subject matter to probe at the country's darkest recesses"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's Sirk-on-a-shoestring, and twice as cynical."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The studio offended Samuel Fuller by cutting his film against his wishes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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