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Release Date:
19 December 1986 (USA) See more »
The Legendary Kong is Back! See more »
Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive! Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Peter Elliott ... King Kong (as Peter Elliot)
George Antoni ... Lady Kong (as George Yiasomi)

Brian Kerwin ... Hank Mitchell

Linda Hamilton ... Amy Franklin

John Ashton ... Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt

Peter Michael Goetz ... 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)

Debbie McLeod ... Reporter
Elizabeth Hayes ... Reporter
Nat Christian ... Surgeon #1 (as Natt Christian)
Mac Pirkle ... Surgeon #2
Larry Sprinkle ... Journalist
Rod Davis ... T.V. Reporter

David de Vries ... Technician #1 (as David DeVries)

Bonnie Johnson ... Technician #2 (as Bonnie Cook)
J. Michael Hunter ... Technician #3

Robin Cahall ... Mazlansky
Don Law ... Security Chief
Jack Maloney ... Wrangler #1
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Major Peete
Jeff Benninghofen ... Radioman #1

Jim Grimshaw ... Sergeant

Bernard Addison ... Captain #1
Michael McLendon ... Captain #2
Jimmy Wiggins ... Boyfriend
Mary Swafford ... Girlfriend

Michael Forest ... Vance

Leon Rippy ... Hunter
Wallace Merck ... Hunter
Dean Whitworth ... Hunter
Herschel Sparber ... Hunter (as Hershel Sparber)
Dandy Stevenson ... Mom #1
Lydia Smith ... Mom #2
Hope Nunnery ... Lady in Phone Booth
Margaret Freeman ... Native Woman
Winston Hemingway ... Staff Sergeant
Tom Parkhill ... Radioman
Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... Guard Sergeant (as Buck Ford)
Derek Pearson ... Youth
Gary Kaikaka ... Boat Skipper
Duke Ernsberger ... Cell Guard #1

Mike Starr ... Cell Guard #2
Shannon Rowell ... Female in Crowd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjamin Kechley ... Baby King Kong
Michael McClendon ... Second Corporal

Michael Bard Bayer ... Surgeon (uncredited)

Jeff Bridges ... Jack Prescott (archive footage) (uncredited)

Scott King ... Soldier (uncredited)

Jessica Lange ... Dwan (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddy Schumacher ... Jeep Soldier (uncredited)

Matt Totty ... Sgt. Tucker - Lt. Col. Nevitt's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
John Guillermin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Merian C. Cooper  character
Steven Pressfield  screenplay
Steven Pressfield  story
Ronald Shusett  screenplay
Ronald Shusett  story
Edgar Wallace  character

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Martha De Laurentiis .... producer (as Martha Schumacher)
Ronald Shusett .... executive producer
Lucio Trentini .... line producer
Original Music by
John Scott 
Cinematography by
Alec Mills 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Production Design by
Peter Murton 
Art Direction by
Fred Carter 
Tony Reading 
John Wood 
Set Decoration by
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur  (as Tantar LeViseur)
Hugh Scaife 
Costume Design by
Clifford Capone 
Makeup Department
Grazia De Rossi .... hair stylist (as Grazia DeRossi)
Barbara Page .... assistant hair stylist
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Rothbard .... unit manager
Lucio Trentini .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Bruce Moriarty .... first assistant director: second unit
Bud Davis .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Marc Abraham .... head painter
John Alvin .... poster artist
Roger Bowles .... senior draftsman
David Bubb .... construction supervisor
Kenneth Clarke .... head plasterer
Tom Cranham .... storyboard artist
Keith Darwin .... scenic
David Edwards .... carpenter coordinator (as Dave Edwards)
Jeff Ginn .... draftsman (as Jeffrey Ginn)
Andrew Holder .... sculptor
Gordon Izod .... head plasterer
Petko D. Kadiev .... storyboard artist (as Petko Kadiev)
John D. Kretschmer .... leadman (as John Kretschmer)
Todd B. Lawson .... propmaker
Simon Murton .... draftsman
John Paterson .... construction coordinator
Ken Powell .... head plasterer
Eric Regan .... head painter
Rosalind Shingleton .... draftsman (as Rosiland Shingleton)
Charles Torbett .... property master
Peter Voysey .... sculptor
Robert Beck .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chris Crump .... miniature tree production foreman (uncredited)
Brian Kontz .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Gregg Perez .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... adr mixer
Teresa Book .... assistant sound editor
Ty Church .... sound assistant
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberta Doheny .... foley editor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rob Glass)
James J. Isaacs .... dialogue editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward Malone .... assistant sound editor
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Ron Sistare .... sound
David Stephenson .... sound mixer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley walker
Mike Tucker .... boom operator
Rosemarie Wheeler .... assistant sound editor
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... cosupervisingeditor/lead sound designe (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Bass .... special effects
Doug Beswick .... special effects
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects
Frank Ceglia .... special effects
Joe Digaetano .... special effects
Dean Gates .... special effects makeup
William D. Harrison .... special effects (as Bill Harrison)
George R. Hill .... special effects (as George Hill)
Patrick Johnson .... crew leader: special effects miniatures
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirschoff)
Steve Lombardi .... special effects
Regina McLeod .... puppeteer: second unit
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Mercurio)
Bernardo F. Munoz .... crew leader: special effects miniatures (as Bernado Munoz)
Carlo Rambaldi .... creatures constructor
Carlo Rambaldi .... creatures creator
Gus Ramsden .... crew leader: special effects miniatures
Larry Reid .... special effects
Rod Schumacher .... crew leader: special effects miniatures
David B. Sharp .... crew leader: special effects miniatures (as David Sharp)
Scott Bruffey .... miniature construction (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Barry Nolan .... supervisor: special visual effects
Al Magliochetti .... miniatures and oversized props (uncredited)
Kenny Bates .... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Monty Cox .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Bud Davis .... stunts
Greg Gault .... stunts
Joe Gilbride .... stunts (as Jae Gilbride)
Randy Hall .... stunts
Chuck Hart .... stunts
Bruce Moriarty .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Matt Totty .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Batt .... dolly grip
Mike Brewster .... camera operator (as Michael Brewster)
Robin Browne .... director of photography: miniature unit
Nobby Clark .... rigging coordinator (as Roy Clark)
Eamonn Dunne .... rigging electrician
John Ferguson .... gaffer: second unit
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Chip Hackler .... camera apprentice: second unit
Faris Herbert Harton .... clapper loader (as Herbert Harton)
Robert Hoelen .... rigger
Bobby Huber .... rigging coordinator
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip (as Chunky Huse)
Alec King .... gaffer
Alan Lasky .... camera apprentice
Terry D. Long .... electrician
Marco Mazzei .... focus puller: second unit
Sergio Melaranci .... camera operator: second unit
Jeff Moore .... focus puller: second unit
David Pamplin .... grip: second unit
Gene Poole .... dolly grip: second unit
Stefan Stankowski .... focus puller
Thomas Trovato .... best boy (as Tom Trovato)
Franklin Williams Jr. .... generator operator
Eric Bartsch .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Guillermin .... casting associate
Donna Isaacson .... casting
John S. Lyons .... casting (as John Lyons)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Chichester .... wardrobe supervisor
Alonzo Wilson .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Daniel Candib .... second assistant editor
Jonathan Chibnall .... apprentice editor
Myles Connell .... apprentice editor (as Myles Connell)
Kerry Kohler .... first assistant editor
Transportation Department
Ron Bledsoe .... transportation
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... production driver
Pat Hill .... picture vehicle coordinator
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation captain (as Welch Lambeth)
Les Pendleton .... military vehicles coordinator
Lee Siler .... transportation coordinator (as William Siler)
Johnny West .... military vehicle specialist
Other crew
Cindy J. Gray .... assistant accountant (as Cindy Gray)
Jim Grimshaw .... military advisor
Allan Hamilton .... assistant accountant
Jordan Hawley .... assistant to producer
Raymond Hunt .... consultant: cardiac surgery (as Dr. Raymond Hunt)
Joe Lombardi .... consultant: weapons effects
Lyn Lucibello .... auditor
Luis Reyes .... unit publicist
Rena Sternfeld-Allon .... script supervisor (as Rina Sternfeld)
Noel Tomlinson .... key production assistant
John Wildermuth .... production assistant
Alexander Johnston .... location manager: Wilmington, NC (uncredited)

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[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.
See more »
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References Deliverance (1972)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Great? Of course not - but great fun!, 5 August 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

One of those sequels no-one seems to know about, King Kong Lives originally sounded like a joke when Dino De Laurentiis used to pitch it in interviews - King Kong has been in a coma for ten years and desperately needs a giant artificial heart transplant but they can't find enough giant ape plasma for him to survive the operation. Luckily Brian Hamilton stumbles across Lady Kong (a redhead with comedy boobs) in Borneo, so it's chainsaws away as Linda Hamilton and a crew of what look like construction workers put what looks like a minisub in there and in next to no time Kong's up and about and as horny as Hell. Kong's just gotta have it and breaks loose, sweeps Lady Kong off her paws (he carries her off in his arms) and the lovebirds find themselves pursued by the army and rednecks alike ("I want that ape's head on the hood of my pickup!") while Linda and Brian Kerwin try to save them while realising that "We're primates too." As insane as it sounds. Did I mention Baby Kong? Kong picking a redneck's cap out of his teeth after they ill-advisedly "have their fun with him" (yes, that's really the phrase that's used!)? The fact that at one time Joel Grey was lined up to play Kong ? It's a film so wonderfully inane and misconceived that it's hard not to love if you can enter into the spirit of it, and it does boast a genuinely terrific score by John Scott.

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