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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Prescott
... Fred Wilson
... Dwan
... Captain Ross
... Bagley
... Boan
... Joe Perko
... Sunfish
... Carnahan
Jorge Moreno ... Garcia
... Timmons
... Chinese Cook
... Army General
... City Official
Keny Long ... Ape Masked Man
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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 »

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Adventure | Horror

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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn  »

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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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| (USA) (television)

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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At a breakfast press conference held on the Paramount backlot to celebrate the launch of this film's principal photography, producer Dino de Laurentiis promised to "blow away" members of the media by unveiling both of his "stars" - blonde newcomer Jessica Lange and the giant mechanical ape created to play the title role. Lange gamely posed in a huge rubber gorilla "hand," but disappointed photographers when she refused to scream for them. Dino then revealed a giant wall painting of Kong and explained the technical crew was "still working on" the mechanical monkey. When asked by a reporter, "How big will the robot ape actually be?" de Laurentiis answered, "How big? This big (gesturing to the painting behind him)...even bigger if you want!" The producer then went on to explain his theory of why this film would be the biggest grosser in Hollywood history: "End of Jaws, when shark die, nobody cry. End of my movie, when monkey dies...everybody cries!" See more »

Goofs

(at around 2h 5 mins) When Kong is on the roof of the World Trade Center and being attacked by helicopters, there are many shots where the helicopters can be seen through Kong's head as they fly behind him. 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

Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Old vs. New: King Kong (2010) See more »

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You know what?
26 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't care what anybody says. I don't care how I'm supposed to feel about this movie. I don't hate it. To be honest, I kind of love it a little. Maybe if I'd been born in the 50's or 60's, and grown up loving the original, then gotten all excited about a remake, only to have my hopes dashed by a mediocre product, I'd loathe this like everyone else does. But I was born in '76. By the time I got around to being able to actually comprehend movies, this was already on T.V. every Saturday afternoon. For me, there have always been two King Kongs. Yes, the black and white ape is more believable, and scarier looking, and more lovable, and inarguably the star of a better movie. But when you're 5 years old, a man in a monkey suit is just as realistic as a stop motion model, because suspension of disbelief is not just easy for you, it's a way of life. So go ahead, hate this movie if you want. To me, it's an old friend, and I won't abandon it.


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