A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc.
A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.
King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
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
In a Time magazine cover story on the production, Dino De Laurentiis said "No one cried when Jaws died, but when the monkey dies, people are gonna cry. Intellectuals are gonna love Kong. Even film buffs who love the first Kong are gonna love ours. Why? Because, I don't give a crap." See more »
(at around 2h 5 mins) The helicopters that attack Kong on the top of the World Trade Center are armed with high rate of fire Gatling guns (Miniguns) which make a "whirring" sound whilst being fired, rather than the more familiar lower rate of fire recoil operated machine gun noise that is heard in the film. 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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Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »
The three hour, two-part television version also includes:
A longer scene of Kong attacking the elevated train.
A longer scene of Kong hiding from search helicopters at the East River waterfront.
-Additional dialogue between Jack and Dwan in the bar.
-Two brief, additional clips of the military gaurding the Queensboro Bridge.
-An alternate, extended scene of Kong destroying the power station.
-A longer scene of the City Official concurring with military advisors at City Hall, including a general telling the official they don't have time to get Prescott's head examined, and another advisor telling the official that standing around won't get him votes.
Extended scene of Kong peering in the window at Dwan in the bar.
A short scene of a military official ordering jet fighters to be aborted and choppers sent in instead.
A scene of Jack stealing a discarded ten-speed bike and racing after Kong down a New York street.
Three short clips of Kong lumbering down Wall Street with Dwan in hand.
A brief clip of the helicopter gunships taking off.
An extended scene of Kong climbing the World Trade Center and pausing to rest a moment about halfway up.
Dino Delaurentis brought this classic fairy tale to the big screen 40 years after the original, and it has become an icon of 70's cinema. It stands on it's own as a cool monster movie, and a love story. The musical score in the film is haunting and evokes memories of the mysterious island. Jack Prscott's explanation of the legend of the great beast of the island sets the pace for the film. Jessica Lange floats in on a raft wearing a tiny black cocktail dress, and is rescued by the woman-starved sailors. She plays the role of Dwan, breathlessly a la Marylin Monroe. She parades around on deck looking like a dancer at a Gentlemen's club ("care for a dance?") wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes she appears ready to burst out of, and a succession of mini-shirts! The film goes on to carefully modernise the original story, and Rick Baker in a monkey suit is the best Kong on film to date. Even Kong gets carried away by Lange's incredible sensuality and physical perfection!
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