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

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

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Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

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

Closing credits: The persons and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons or events is unintentional. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Film had 45 extra minutes of footage added to it for its two part TV premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in That '70s Show: Squeeze Box (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme from King Kong
Written and produced by Barry White
Performed by Love Unlimited Orchestra
© 1976 20th Century Fox Records Inc.
© Renewed UMG Recordings Inc.
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Guilty pleasure
27 August 1999 | by chez-3See all my reviews

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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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

Gross USA:

$52,614,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,614,445
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (television) | (Extended TV Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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