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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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Adventure | Horror

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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,023,921, 19 December 1976, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,614,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,614,445
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| (USA) (television)

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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As both a personal thank-you to the crew and a promotional tool, Dino De Laurentiis had five hundred polyresin-and-wood Kong maquettes created, costing him two hundred dollars each. In the January 31, 1977 issue of People magazine featuring Jessica Lange, the article features a picture of Lange presenting one of the maquettes to then Governor Michael Dukakis. See more »

Goofs

During several shots from the back of the ramp towards the giant gas pump covering Kong, Wilson can be seen to the right of the ramp. It is an obvious stand-in who is shorter, heavier, and with significantly bushier sideburns than Charles Grodin. Also, the figure can be seen putting a microphone to his mouth and shouting, but no sound can be heard. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) See more »

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Why Does Everyone Hate This Version?
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People seem to jump on the old' bandwagon when bashing Kong '76. It's not that bad!!! For '76 I'd say it was quite an achievement. Lange is great in it (and quite stunningly beautiful) and Bridges always rules. Can't go wrong with this version... don't believe the negative hype. I, for one, appreciate it when someone does a remake and actually interprets the story differently. Carpenter did it with The Thing and Cronenberg did it with the fly and both were amazing. I think this movies gets more negative comments because they are comparing it to the original, which back in its day was the first movie of its kind (Mighty Joe Young is still better!). For movie purists, the thought of remaking a landmark film is always touchy territory. Thus, they rip the remake. The core story is still basically the same, the writers just updated key elements that were pivotal 'classic' moments from the original (empire state building for one). Again the purists cry foul. Bottomline, see it and give it a chance... ignore the pompous so called "experts".


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