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King Kong (1976)

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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

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John Guillermin

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James Ashmore Creelman (based on the {1933} screenplay) (as James Creelman), Ruth Rose (based on the {1933} screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin ... Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange ... Dwan
John Randolph ... Captain Ross
Rene Auberjonois ... Bagley
Julius Harris ... Boan
Jack O'Halloran ... Joe Perko
Dennis Fimple ... Sunfish
Ed Lauter ... Carnahan
Jorge Moreno ... Garcia
Mario Gallo ... Timmons
John Lone ... Chinese Cook
Garry Walberg ... Army General
John Agar ... City Official
Keny Long Keny Long ... Ape Masked Man
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Storyline

When a research ship is sent to explore an island thought to be rich in oil, paleontologist Jack Prescott sneaks aboard, having heard strange rumors about the island. En route, the crew rescues Dwan, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. When they arrive, they find native people living in fear of a monster called Kong. The natives kidnap Dwan and sacrifice her to what turns out to be an enormous ape. Dwan is eventually rescued, and the ape captured for a gala exhibit. Written by Jwelch5742

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The most exciting original motion picture event of all time. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,023,921, 19 December 1976

Gross USA:

$52,614,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,614,445
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After Kong snatches Dwan, Prescott points to the fallen trees and snaps, "What do you think did that? A guy in an ape suit?" Of course, that is exactly what happened. Presumably, this was filmed fairly early on, when it was still believed that the ill-fated forty foot robot would be doing most of the Kong scenes. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2h 5 mins) The bent up metal pieces that Kong throws at the soldiers are shaped differently when they land. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Perko: OK, Boan, how much you got here?
Boan: About eighteen hundred.
Joe Perko: Eighteen hundred? What's going on?
Boan: There's Bagley.
Joe Perko: Hey, Mr. Bagley! Something's haywire. They only loaded me enough pipe to push one test hole. Less than two thousand feet.
Roy Bagley: Yeah, that'll be enough.
Boan: Are you kidding? On Bagatan, we didn't come until we were past twenty-six thousand feet.
Roy Bagley: You take my word, fellas. This hole proves out within two thousand, or it's a write-off.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

Alternate Versions

Additional scenes include the following:
  • A lengthy scene in a Surubaya bar showing Prescott drugging a Petrox crewman.
  • A scene of Joe & Boan playing cards & being interrupted by a Captain Ross on the loudspeaker calling all hands to assemble in the mess room. Boan wisecracking about Petrox bought by Howard Hughes & working for the CIA.
  • A scene of a Mexican crew member named Garcia spying on Dwan while she's showering,ends with Jack tossing Garcia overboard with a life preserver.
  • A scene showing the crew watching an old movie on TV. Roy Bagley observing the oil-like substance under a microscope, he swigs some wine & calls for a boat to take him ashore.
  • Longer battle between Kong & the gigantic snake,ends with an alternate and less gory take of Kong killing the snake & beating his chest.
  • Extra footage of Kong breaking through the wall.
  • Before Jack enters Dwan's dressing room he is confronted by a security guard.
  • Additional dialogue between Dwan & Wilson.
  • During Kong's rampage a Petrox head executive tells Wilson he's fired.
  • After Kong steps on Wilson,the camera pulls back to reveal that all that's left in Kong's footprint is Wilson's hat.
  • A scene of Dwan & Jack talking & running down a street trying to hot-wire a Chevrolet Corvette.
  • A scene of a car running in front of Kong, Kong picks it up (the car used was a 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham) & throws it against a building, where it explodes.
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Referenced in These Sorcerers Are Mad (1978) See more »

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Definately has its moments
23 May 2003 | by oldreekie546See all my reviews

In an era when many hollywood blockbusters are criticised for an over-reliance on sophisticated special effects to the detriment of everything else, this poorly remembered remake stands as a cautionary example of what can happen when a basically decent film gets let down by low-tech back up.

Producer Dino De Laurentis both cheated and deceived his audience here; selling the film on the hype of a state of the art full-size hydraulic ape that would re-define the effects landscape. Instead, what we got was the tired old fallback of the man in a monkey suit waddling bow-legged around some highly unconvincing sets.

Its such a shame because this film actually has a lot going for it. The screenplay is sprightly, good-humoured and faithful to the original while updating it with some then topical issues like fuel crises, feminism and even pornography. The makers also have a whale of a time with endless phallic imagery and self-referential quips more common to movies of the 90s than 70s.

The characters are far more quirky and idiosynchratic than you normally get in this sort of fare; a hippie academic, a star-struck, dipsy blonde and a buttoned-up corporate shark. Lange has gone on to become one of the most honoured and respected actresses of her generation, yet her career almost died right here. She was actually so good at playing the shallow, D-list airhead that critics and public alike thought it a reflection of her real self and dismissed her out of hand. Yet looking at her performance in hindsight she just oozes skill and star quality.

The film hardly puts a foot wrong until Kong appears. The production is smooth, the photography impressive, the locations superb and the story and characters engaging. But a fantasy adventure stands and falls by the suspension of disbelief achieved at the crucial moment. The first act of the 1933 Kong drags interminably until the King himself appears - then it soars. The reverse happens here; Rick Baker turns up in his ape suit, knocking down plastic trees and fighting a big rubber snake and the spell is shattered - in fact it was never even cast. The problem is also compounded by the screenplay's only serious error; making Kong sympathetic and pitiable far too early. The original Kong was always awesome and scary, even when he began to become sympathetic. Here he is just a bit too likeable, to quickly.

That the film remains just about watchable after this point is a testament to the performers and the strength of the story, but ultimately this effort has to go down as a missed opportunity to make a quality remake of a legendary film. Lets hope Peter Jackson doesn't make the same mistake next time round. You can't imagine him getting the film visually wrong, but it would be ironic indeed if he fell into the modern malaise of neglecting other key elements like story and character. Indeed, he could do worse than give the first hour of this movie a peek before he puts pen to paper.


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