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Bye Bye Monkey (1978)

Ciao maschio (original title)
A man walking on the beach near New York City finds the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, and takes it to a friend who lives in the city, and they decide to raise it.



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Feminist Actress
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Avon Long ...
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24 February 1978 (Italy)  »

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Marco Ferreri's first English language film. See more »


The baby chimp is assumed to be the son of King Kong. Disregarding the size difference, it would be impossible for a gorilla to father a chimpanzee. See more »


Mrs. Toland: [to Lafayette about the monkey] If you want him to live, you'll have to keep him warm.
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References Cleopatra (1963) See more »


Tea for Two
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Marcello Mastroianni does a soft shoe to a hummed version
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Curious Imagery keeps this film entertaining.
12 March 2000 | by (Northampton, Ma) – See all my reviews

Is it another world, or our world gone mad? Ferreri has quite an imagination, especially his use of juxtaposition: a rotting carcass of King Kong, a wax museum where James Coco reenacts parts of history, and an underground society where rats prevail. Depardieu, who's lines are badly dubbed, manages to get through this yarn uncomfortably gripping a chimp where he found beside the dead Kong. Mastroianni is always at his best, altho this time presenting a more cartoonish characterization. However, despite the exotic idiosyncrasies, this film can be rather dull at moments. Nevertheless, I enjoyed a large percentage of this movie, ad hominem the ambiguous finale which may help clarifies the film's bizarre symbolism. Watch this one on a rainy day.

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