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


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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Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong 2  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$4,711,220 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Michael Goetz's cheque for post release royalties came to 3 cents. He has it stapled to the film poster in his house, having never cashed it. See more »


When Kong first sees the alligator, it is a full-grown adult alligator. When Kong picks up the alligator, you can tell it is just a baby. See more »


[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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28 July 2004 | by (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

D: John Guillermin. Linda Hamilton; Brian Kerwin; Mike Starr.

Silly but ambitious sequel to Dino DeLaurentiis' remake of the 1933 classic monster movie. Of all the wonderful stories that could be told using the most famous movie ape of all time, screenwriter Ronald Shusset (Alien, Dead and Buried) opts for a ludicrous tale about an overly involved scientist/doctor/biologist Hamilton and her emotional quest to save Kong. Future comedy talent Starr is wasted as a bad tempered facility guard while co-star Kerwin shows off his Indiana Jones impression as a `wild boy' adventurer. Only DeLaurentiis could make a good idea this bad. However, for a genuine Kong fan, this may provide some light entertainment – once you look past the terrible Carlo Rambaldi (King Kong, Alien) visual effects and the rambling, overlong script. Director Guillermin's final theatrical effort.

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