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King Kong (1976)

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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

James Ashmore Creelman (based on the {1933} screenplay) (as James Creelman), Ruth Rose (based on the {1933} screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin ... Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange ... Dwan
John Randolph ... Captain Ross
Rene Auberjonois ... Bagley
Julius Harris ... Boan
Jack O'Halloran ... Joe Perko
Dennis Fimple ... Sunfish
Ed Lauter ... Carnahan
Jorge Moreno ... Garcia
Mario Gallo ... Timmons
John Lone ... Chinese Cook
Garry Walberg ... Army General
John Agar ... City Official
Keny Long Keny Long ... Ape Masked Man
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Storyline

When a research ship is sent to explore an island thought to be rich in oil, paleontologist Jack Prescott sneaks aboard, having heard strange rumors about the island. En route, the crew rescues Dwan, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. When they arrive, they find native people living in fear of a monster called Kong. The natives kidnap Dwan and sacrifice her to what turns out to be an enormous ape. Dwan is eventually rescued, and the ape captured for a gala exhibit. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

The most exciting original motion picture event of all time. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,023,921, 19 December 1976, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,614,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,614,445
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Grodin and John Randolph would appear in Heaven Can Wait (1978) two years later. See more »

Goofs

The pipe that Kong rips off the wall and bends up, as well as the fruit that is dumped onto the floor by the sailors, has disappeared in later shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Perko: OK, Boan, how much you got here?
Boan: About eighteen hundred.
Joe Perko: Eighteen hundred? What's going on?
Boan: There's Bagley.
Joe Perko: Hey, Mr. Bagley! Something's haywire. They only loaded me enough pipe to push one test hole. Less than two thousand feet.
Roy Bagley: Yeah, that'll be enough.
Boan: Are you kidding? On Bagatan, we didn't come until we were past twenty-six thousand feet.
Roy Bagley: You take my word, fellas. This hole proves out within two thousand, or it's a write-off.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

Alternate Versions

Additional scenes include the following:
  • A lengthy scene in a Surubaya bar showing Prescott drugging a Petrox crewman.
  • A scene of Joe & Boan playing cards & being interrupted by a Captain Ross on the loudspeaker calling all hands to assemble in the mess room. Boan wisecracking about Petrox bought by Howard Hughes & working for the CIA.
  • A scene of a Mexican crew member named Garcia spying on Dwan while she's showering,ends with Jack tossing Garcia overboard with a life preserver.
  • A scene showing the crew watching an old movie on TV. Roy Bagley observing the oil-like substance under a microscope, he swigs some wine & calls for a boat to take him ashore.
  • Longer battle between Kong & the gigantic snake,ends with an alternate and less gory take of Kong killing the snake & beating his chest.
  • Extra footage of Kong breaking through the wall.
  • Before Jack enters Dwan's dressing room he is confronted by a security guard.
  • Additional dialogue between Dwan & Wilson.
  • During Kong's rampage a Petrox head executive tells Wilson he's fired.
  • After Kong steps on Wilson,the camera pulls back to reveal that all that's left in Kong's footprint is Wilson's hat.
  • A scene of Dwan & Jack talking & running down a street trying to hot-wire a Chevrolet Corvette.
  • A scene of a car running in front of Kong, Kong picks it up (the car used was a 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham) & throws it against a building, where it explodes.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Times: A Stormy Relationship (1977) See more »

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User Reviews

Worth a second look
9 August 2002 | by TacklebeeSee all my reviews

While far from being a classic, this is still not nearly as bad as everyone says. Yes it does have its campy moments but overall is mostly played straight. Is this film dated? Yes, and twenty years from now so will every film that was made in 2002. While far from being a cerebral movie, the script by Lorenzo Semple Jr. is far more smarter and wittier than most of todays soulless big budget monster on the loose flicks ie. Independence Day, Godzilla 1998. Compared to silly big budget fodder like Starship Troopers or Armagheddon, Kong 76 is Citizen Cane. Has anyone here seen the three hour version of this film that was originally broadcast on NBC in the seventies and early eighties. This is the version that I basically grew up with. When watching the film some years later on video tape I was disappointed to find that many scenes I knew were no longer there. I recently acquired a copy of this rare version on video. Overall I think a good deal of this footage helps out the movie. The battle with the snake is much longer and actually a bit more violent. The snake while still not the most realistic looking creature is at least a bit more menacing appearing. Overall I give the remake of King Kong seven out of ten.


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