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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.

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John Guillermin

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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 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

An expedition of the "Petrox" company, is exploring in search of petrol. A strange island where they arrive is the home of a giant ape, King Kong, that is captured by the expedition in order to make money exhibiting it to the world. When in the U.S. the huge gorilla becomes restless, trying to return home... Written by <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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The most exciting original motion picture event of all time is also one of the great love stories of our time. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,614,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,614,445
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Runtime:

| (USA) (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fay Wray was offered a cameo. She turned it down because she didn't like the script. See more »

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(at around 2h) When the soldier at the foot of the World Trade Center shouts, "What the hell are those men doing up there? Didn't they get my orders?" See more »

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[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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Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

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

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Definately has its moments
23 May 2003 | by oldreekie546See all my reviews

In an era when many hollywood blockbusters are criticised for an over-reliance on sophisticated special effects to the detriment of everything else, this poorly remembered remake stands as a cautionary example of what can happen when a basically decent film gets let down by low-tech back up.

Producer Dino De Laurentis both cheated and deceived his audience here; selling the film on the hype of a state of the art full-size hydraulic ape that would re-define the effects landscape. Instead, what we got was the tired old fallback of the man in a monkey suit waddling bow-legged around some highly unconvincing sets.

Its such a shame because this film actually has a lot going for it. The screenplay is sprightly, good-humoured and faithful to the original while updating it with some then topical issues like fuel crises, feminism and even pornography. The makers also have a whale of a time with endless phallic imagery and self-referential quips more common to movies of the 90s than 70s.

The characters are far more quirky and idiosynchratic than you normally get in this sort of fare; a hippie academic, a star-struck, dipsy blonde and a buttoned-up corporate shark. Lange has gone on to become one of the most honoured and respected actresses of her generation, yet her career almost died right here. She was actually so good at playing the shallow, D-list airhead that critics and public alike thought it a reflection of her real self and dismissed her out of hand. Yet looking at her performance in hindsight she just oozes skill and star quality.

The film hardly puts a foot wrong until Kong appears. The production is smooth, the photography impressive, the locations superb and the story and characters engaging. But a fantasy adventure stands and falls by the suspension of disbelief achieved at the crucial moment. The first act of the 1933 Kong drags interminably until the King himself appears - then it soars. The reverse happens here; Rick Baker turns up in his ape suit, knocking down plastic trees and fighting a big rubber snake and the spell is shattered - in fact it was never even cast. The problem is also compounded by the screenplay's only serious error; making Kong sympathetic and pitiable far too early. The original Kong was always awesome and scary, even when he began to become sympathetic. Here he is just a bit too likeable, to quickly.

That the film remains just about watchable after this point is a testament to the performers and the strength of the story, but ultimately this effort has to go down as a missed opportunity to make a quality remake of a legendary film. Lets hope Peter Jackson doesn't make the same mistake next time round. You can't imagine him getting the film visually wrong, but it would be ironic indeed if he fell into the modern malaise of neglecting other key elements like story and character. Indeed, he could do worse than give the first hour of this movie a peek before he puts pen to paper.


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