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King Kong (1976)

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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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

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King Kong: The Legend Reborn  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$52,600,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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King Kong was portrayed by an uncredited costumed actor, Rick Baker. Initial designs for the mechanical Kong were conceived by special effects artists Glen Robinson and Carlo Rambaldi, although Rambaldi is not credited onscreen. The men intended Kong to be constructed by an aircraft company, but due to the rushed start of principal photography, the filmmakers opted to build Kong on "a Hollywood backlot" starting in Jan 1976. The completed 6.5-ton model was structured by an aluminum skeleton that contained "3,100 feet of hydraulic hose and 4,500 feet of electrical wiring." Its chest measured twenty feet in width, with an arm span of the same distance. The machine could walk, turn at its waist, and move its arms in sixteen unique positions with the operation of hydraulic valves that were controlled by six men. The hands alone were six feet across and the arms weighed 1,650 pounds each. The arms were constructed separately from the rest of the Kong model, then suspended from a crane, so actress Jessica Lange could be lifted thirty to forty feet. Publicity materials noted that safety features were installed in Kong's fingers so they were not able to close around Lange entirely. Michael Dino, a famous wig maker and the hair designer for Kong, created the gorilla's fur with 4,000 pounds of horse tails, imported from Argentina. One hundred assistants weaved the horsehair into four types of netting, and the work took months. The hair panels were then attached to pieces of latex that were, in turn, glued onto the model's metal frame. See more »

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During the show in New York, it alternates between shots of the actor in the Kong suit and the mechanical 50-foot Kong. The shots of the mechanical Kong are obvious, because its legs are always in a fixed position, and it appears motionless and lifeless, without any kind of facial expression or movement, except for its arms. See more »

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[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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Kong The Dreammaker
5 June 2006 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

For me, This film is simply perfect. I haven't seen it in a while. I bet I watch it now and I will probably find plenty of errors or stuff that I would personally do different. But on the subjective level, this film is so brilliant that when I watched it for the very first time, I was like 3 or 4 years old and it blew me away back then. I felt so much for Kong that both my parents immediately saw the big impact this movie had in me. I became a fan of Kong. He was still alive in my head. I even remember I made a Kong myself using ceramic. He was like two and a half feet tall. I painted it brilliant black. He was a shining beast. Very cool for a five year old kid, you know. But Then it broke his right arm, and I believe my father threw it away. So I never saw it again. I was left with the memory I had of him in that film. I watched the Peter Jackson's remake on King Kong. It was really strong and very real. But for me, the one I will always remember goes to the 1976's version. With Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange. This film was so huge in my life that without any doubts, I can honestly admit that my desire of becoming a Film Director was born with King Kong, 1976. That's all I can say.


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