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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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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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| (USA) (television)

Sound Mix:


(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The miniature scenes began filming on April 26, 1976. The first scene shot was the sacrifice scene, in which Kong crashes through the trees, approaches the wall, picks Dwan up from the altar, and carries her off into the jungle. See more »


As Kong approaches the great wall for the second time in the film (shortly before he is gassed), the camera pans the wall from Kong's point of view. At right, after a tree falls, the wall's end is clearly visible, and there are many bright street lights on the horizon. As the camera pans left, the opposite end of the wall also can be seen. (Note: This is visible in the letterboxed, full-width version; it might not be visible in pan-and-scan versions.) See more »


[first lines]
Joe Perko: OK, Boan, how much you got here?
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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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Referenced in Rhoda: Nick Lobo, Superstar (1977) See more »

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Guilty Pleasure
11 August 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I hate to admit this having read many of the reviews but I can't help but enjoy "King Kong". Yes I realize it is silly and yest I realize the special effects aren't.... well, special. But I was 11 years old when this came out at Christmas in 1976. The hype was huge. The posters screamed that it was "The Motion Picutre Event of Our Time". I was caught up in it all and the film has a lot of fond memories for me.

On the positive side I think John Barry's score is one of his best. The lack of an Oscar nomination was a crime. Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin (playing a bad guy for a change) are acceptable in their roles. Jessica Lange didn't exactly hint there was a two time Oscar winner present but she looked awfully good. And the supporting cast featuring character actors (Ed Lauter, John Randolph, etc) we've seen over and over again.

It's no classic. It may not even be that good. But every time it's on I watch it and enjoy it despite its flaws. I guess that's what a guilty pleasure is all about. And this may be my guiltiest pleasure.

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