Bye Bye Monkey (1978)
"Ciao maschio" (original title)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Lafayette
Luigi Nocello
Andreas Flaxman
Mrs. Toland
Abigail Clayton ...
Angelica (as Gail Lawrence)
Stefania Casini ...
Feminist Actress
Feminist Actress
Avon Long ...
Nathalie Bernart
Sandra Monteleoni
Enrico Blasi
Selma Dell'Olio
Luciano Pallocchia
Achille Antonaglia


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24 February 1978 (Italy)  »

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Bye Bye Monkey  »

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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 »


Gerard Lafayette: Rats are smart. Men are stupid.
Andreas Flaxman: Ah, during the time if Julius Caesar rodents were the cause of starvation among the populace. Bear this in mind, Lafayette, civilizations fade away, but the rats remain. The future belongs to the rats!
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Referenced in An Almost Perfect Affair (1979) See more »


Rockabye Baby
Traditional English nursery rhyme (first recorded in 1765)
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Disturbing apocalyptic vision
4 June 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is not a real movie in terms of a story but rather a collection of impressions about the life of a lonely guy living somewhere in a future New York slum during an apocalyptic virus wave that caused the death of thousands of people. He's surviving by taking bizarre jobs for a living, and finally he's finding a small monkey as a buddy.

The whole atmosphere is disturbing and sinister, but the "story" is a bit lame sometimes. The photography is stunning and occasionally reminds of the famous apocalyptic paintings of Hieronimus Bosch to the shadowy impressions of Enrico de Chirico. A really disturbing, surreal French movie featuring a young Gerard Depardieu.

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