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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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The most exciting original motion picture event of all time.


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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn  »

Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$52,600,000 (USA)
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| (2 part television premiere)

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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Federico De Laurentiis, son of Dino De Laurentiis and executive producer for the film, extensively photographed a gorilla named Bum at a local zoo, and the photos were used for the basis of Kong. See more »

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The ship's radar is used to track the position of King Kong on the island. There are a number of errors in how the radar is depicted. A ship based radar simply measures how far away objects are from the ship as it rotates. What the radar would show of the island is the shape of the coast line - which is where the radar first hits a solid object and is reflected back. However the radar screen shows a topographic type view, as if you were looking at the island and seeing the height and thus silhouette of the mountains. Ship radar does not work that way. Further, it would be impossible to track King Kong on the island with radar. There are obviously many mountains and hills between the ship and King Kong that would reflect the radar signal back before it reaches him. See more »

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[first lines]
Joe Perko: OK, Boan, how much you got here?
Boan: About eighteen hundred.
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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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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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