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
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 »
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 »
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.
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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