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Konga (1961)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 July 1961 (Ireland)
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Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Charles Decker
Margo Johns ...
Margaret
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Bob Kenton
Claire Gordon ...
Sandra Banks
Austin Trevor ...
Dean Foster
Jack Watson ...
Supt. Brown
George Pastell ...
Prof. Tagore
Vanda Godsell ...
Bob's Mother
Stanley Morgan ...
Insp. Lawson
Grace Arnold ...
Miss Barnesdell
Leonard Sachs ...
Bob's Father
Nicholas Bennett ...
Daniel
Kim Tracy ...
Mary
Rupert Osborne ...
Eric Kenton
Waveney Lee ...
Janet Kenton
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Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to test out his theory. As he has many enemies at home, he decides to use his chimp, 'Konga' to 'get rid of them'. Then Konga grows to gigantic proportions and reaks havoc all over the city of London!! Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Not since "King Kong"...has the screen exploded with such mighty fury and spectacle!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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21 July 1961 (Ireland)  »

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I Was a Teenage Gorilla  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The adaptation of this film done by Charlton Comics came out about a year before the film reached theatres. It spawned a series that was easily the most successful of any based on a movie at the time; Konga was not returned from the dead - rather a second ape was introduced and was given a new serum that transformed him into a second Konga. See more »

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Margret, Dr.Decker's assistant is clearly shown as a doll in the wide shots in which Konga takes hold of her. She is only shown as a doll when the camera is not near her face. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Charles Decker: Follow this light, it will help you concentrate.
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Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: Konga (1978) See more »

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Nocturne Op.15 in G
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Gerard Schurmann
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Crazy Fun
21 September 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Konga is a film about a giant gorilla. It was obviously trying to emulate an earlier film by the name of King Kong but the two films are so different.

Michael Gough plays a mad scientist who gives Konga a growth serum. He gets Konga to do his bidding throughout the film but things spiral out of control eventually.

The film is totally crazy and it's fun seeing the actors so straight faced. Michael Gough as Doctor Decker is so obviously a nutter but no-one (even the police who question him) seems to notice much. Eventually, Konga becomes uncontrollable and goes on a rampage. So what does London do? Does it call in fighter jets? No. It calls in the local police and a few dozen soldiers. If it was up to me I'd clear the city and send the fighter jets in.

The film is an absolute lesson in buffoonry. It's also not very scientifically accurate. Now I'm no scientist but I have learned a bit in my long life. Michael Gough brings a CHIMPANZEE from the jungle and injects him with growth serum but instead of the CHIMPANZEE becoming a bigger CHIMPANZEE, he actually becomes a GORILLA. So for all his bravado, Doctor Decker didn't realise that his serum actually caused the chimp to become a different animal entirely.

But, that's what I like about films like this. Don't you just love a film that is scientifically inaccurate and crazy. Check it out.


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