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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.

Director:

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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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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

For the scene where Kong destroys an elevated train (the Astoria El in Queens, New York), special effects supervisor Glen Robinson and his team constructed a large section of track, as well as several miniature subway cars complete with 70s-era graffiti. One of the cars was rigged with a wire that did most of the actual lifting in the shot where Kong picks it up and throws it into a building. Robinson's crew also rigged a series of big explosions designed to go off when the car hits the building. Rick Baker recalls the explosions as being so intense that on several occasions, he became convinced that his suit had caught on fire, although, thankfully, that wasn't the case. See more »

Goofs

When Kong breaks the cage at the Petrox ceremony the broken bars face inwards when held by Rick Baker in the ape costume, but face outwards with the 40ft Kong robot in the next 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

Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Christmas Evil (2011) 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)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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