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.
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
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
For the first six weeks of pre-production, Dino De Laurentiis had Rick Baker and Carlo Rambaldi construct competing Kong concept suits. Rambaldi designed his to fit Albert Popwell, who was originally cast as Kong, while Baker single-handedly designed his with him in mind as Kong. When the two presented their semi-finished suits to De Laurentiis, he chose Baker's over Rambaldi's, which he called a "disaster". The production also decided that casting an African-American as a gorilla would be racially insensitive. 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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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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