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
Carlo Rambaldi's life-size mechanical Kong was constructed after establishing the size of the hands in comparison to Jessica Lange, then scaling the body to the hands. A forty-foot Kong model was then constructed to create the rubber and horsehair skin, for the mechanical Kong. See more »
(at around 1h 9 mins) When Kong holds Dwan under the waterfall to clean her off, Kong's hand is moving around a lot, but Dwan is not, revealing that she is not actually in his hand, but "screened" into the shot. See more »
OK, Boan, how much you got here?
About eighteen hundred.
Eighteen hundred? What's going on?
Hey, Mr. Bagley! Something's haywire. They only loaded me enough pipe to push one test hole. Less than two thousand feet.
Yeah, that'll be enough.
Are you kidding? On Bagatan, we didn't come until we were past twenty-six thousand feet.
You take my word, fellas. This hole proves out within two thousand, or it's a write-off.
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Closing credits: The persons and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons or events is unintentional. See more »
The Film had 45 extra minutes of footage added to it for its two part TV premiere. See more »
When this film was released at Christmas of 1976 it was billed as "the motion picture event of our time." Now it seems a bit extreme but as an eager 11 year old I was sucked in. Looking at it today I admit it's certainly far from being a motion picture event. But the film has its virtues none more so then the fine performances by Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin (in an unusual villianous role). And let's not forget the beautiful musical score by John Barry.
The special effects are pretty cheap in many scenes so don't be looking for top notch in that category. I don't know....on the whole it's really not that great but I must confess that every time it is on television I watch it. This is a true guilty pleasure.
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