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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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(based on the {1933} screenplay) (as James Creelman), (based on the {1933} screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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remake | island | gorilla | king kong | oil | See All (82) »

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The most exciting original motion picture event of all time is also one of the great love stories of our time. See more »

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Adventure | Horror

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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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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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King Kong was filmed over seven months in Los Angeles, New York City, and Hawaii. Principal photography was initially scheduled to begin April 15, 1976, but due to competition from Universal, De Laurentiis pushed the production start date forward three months, to begin on January 15, 1976, even though the sets were not yet constructed, and the forty-foot mechanical "King Kong" had not been fabricated. By the time of Universal's settlement with R.K.O. on March 5, 1976, the production was already well into filming, and headed to Hawaii. De Laurentiis estimated that the contest with Universal cost the production up to four million dollars. See more »

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The blip of Kong on the radar screen is in the same place every time it's seen. Obviously, the same shot is being re-used each time. 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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Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

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Referenced in Bye Bye Monkey (1978) 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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