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King Kong (1976)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror  |  17 December 1976 (USA)
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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.



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An expedition of the "Petrox" company, is exploring in search of petrol. A strange island where they arrive is the home of a giant ape, King Kong, that is captured by the expedition in order to make money exhibiting it to the world. When in the U.S. the huge gorilla becomes restless, trying to return home... Written by <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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island | gorilla | king kong | oil | ape | See All (81) »


The most exciting original motion picture event of all time.


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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)


$52,600,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (USA) (television)

Sound Mix:


(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The full-sized mechanical arms were suspended from a crane in order to extend and lift Jessica Lange 30 to 40 feet in the air. See more »


(at around 1h 50 mins) During the elevated train sequence when Kong picks up the first train car, the wire holding it up is visible. See more »


[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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Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »


Referenced in The 'Alien' Saga (2002) See more »

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Guilty pleasure
27 August 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

When this film was released at Christmas of 1976 it was billed as "the motion picture event of our time." Now it seems a bit extreme but as an eager 11 year old I was sucked in. Looking at it today I admit it's certainly far from being a motion picture event. But the film has its virtues none more so then the fine performances by Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin (in an unusual villianous role). And let's not forget the beautiful musical score by John Barry.

The special effects are pretty cheap in many scenes so don't be looking for top notch in that category. I don't know....on the whole it's really not that great but I must confess that every time it is on television I watch it. This is a true guilty pleasure.

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