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King Kong Lives (1986)

Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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King Kong (as Peter Elliot)
George Antoni ...
Lady Kong (as George Yiasomi)
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Hank Mitchell
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Amy Franklin
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Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
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Dr. Andrew Ingersoll
Frank Maraden ...
Dr. Benson Hughes
Alan Sader ...
Faculty Doctor #1
Lou Criscuolo ...
Faculty Doctor #2
Marc Clement ...
Crew Chief
Richard Rhodes ...
Reporter
Larry Souder ...
Reporter
Ted Prichard ...
Reporter
Jayne Gray ...
Reporter (as Jayne Linday-Gray)
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Storyline

A giant ape King Kong, which was shot and fell off the World Trade Center tower, appears to be alive, but is in coma for 10 years and desperately needs a blood transfusion in order to have an artificial heart implanted. Suddenly, in the rainforest, another gigantic ape is found - this time a female. She is brought to the USA, and the heart is successfully implanted. But then King Kong, having sensed the female ape, breaks loose. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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19 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,711,220 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Steven Pressfield mentions "King Kong Lives" as a live-changing, validating failure in his book 'The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.' This was his first professional writing job after 17 years of trying. After the movie bombed, he realized he had become a professional. He hadn't yet had a success, but "had had a real failure." See more »

Goofs

The nerve gas is enough to knock out a 50 foot gorilla, yet, seems to not affect humans. Many of the soldiers take their gas masks off, even while the gas is still visibly present in the air, and are unaffected. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy Franklin: I'm sorry.
Dr. Andrew Ingersoll: That cost this institute seven million dollars!
Dr. Benson Hughes: She knows how much it costs. She's been a part of it since we first got Kong's heart resuscitated.
Amy Franklin: There's nothing wrong with the heart. The damn thing runs like a Swiss watch. It's his blood.
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The dating scene is tough when you're a 50 ft. monkey
9 August 2000 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Yep. It's a terrible movie, but worth watching for the laughs. When King Kong and Lady Kong first meet, they gaze into each other's eyes - and Pow! It's love at first sight! - and the Love Theme from King Kong Lives starts swelling up in the background - it brought tears to my eyes. Because I was laughing so hard I was close to weeping. This movie goes beyond its weird anthropomorphism and bad writing to achieve an unprecedented new level of cheese.

There are other fun moments, like when Kong starts climbing a mountain that is VERY obviously some painted plywood stuck to the side of a stepladder.

If you feel like watching something silly, or if you want to see a giant monkey trying to get to second base, this movie is for you!


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