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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

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Jack Prescott
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Fred Wilson
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Dwan
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Captain Ross
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Bagley
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Boan
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Joe Perko
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Sunfish
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Carnahan
Jorge Moreno ...
Garcia
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Timmons
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Chinese Cook
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Army General
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City Official
Keny Long ...
Ape Masked Man
Sid Conrad ...
Petrox Chairman
George Whiteman ...
Army Helicopter Pilot
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Air Force General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Fleeing Extra in Crowd (uncredited)
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King Kong (uncredited)
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Shea Stadium Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Naval Officer (uncredited)
Larry M. Byrd ...
Excited Fan (uncredited)
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King Kong (uncredited) (voice)
S.C. Dacy ...
Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
James Dunaway ...
Man in Audience (uncredited)
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Crushed Spectator (uncredited)
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Guy in Amphitheater (uncredited)
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Subway Driver (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
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Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ...
Reporter (uncredited)
James F. Murray Jr. ...
Extra (uncredited)
Larry Naschel ...
Victim (uncredited)
Dale Oprandy ...
Himself (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Ron Roccia ...
Extra (uncredited)
Ira S. Rosenstein ...
Logan (uncredited)
David Roya ...
Ship's Radio Operator (uncredited)
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King Kong (uncredited)
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Man Running in Terror (uncredited)
Kristephan Warren-Stevens ...
Kid with Afro on Bleachers (uncredited)
Booker James Winter ...
BG Crowd (uncredited)
Billy Zoom ...
Man Running from Monkey (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Guillermin

Written by

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James Ashmore Creelman ... (based on the {1933} screenplay) (as James Creelman) and
Ruth Rose ... (based on the {1933} screenplay)
 
Merian C. Cooper ... (from an idea conceived by) and
Edgar Wallace ... (from an idea conceived by)
 
Lorenzo Semple Jr. ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Dino De Laurentiis ... producer
Federico De Laurentiis ... executive producer
Christian Ferry ... executive producer

Music by

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John Barry

Cinematography by

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Richard H. Kline ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ralph E. Winters

Editorial Department

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Margo Anderson ... assistant film editor
Robert Pergament ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Joyce Selznick

Production Design by

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Mario Chiari
Dale Hennesy

Art Direction by

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Archie J. Bacon
David A. Constable
Robert Gundlach

Set Decoration by

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John Franco Jr.

Costume Design by

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Moss Mabry
Anthea Sylbert ... (gowns and native costumes)

Makeup Department

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Del Acevedo ... makeup artist
Jo McCarthy ... hair stylist
Michaeldino ... hair design: for Kong
John Truwe ... makeup artist
Rick Baker ... makeup effects (uncredited)
Rob Bottin ... makeup effects (uncredited)

Production Management

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Terry Carr ... production manager
Brian E. Frankish ... unit production manager: (Hawaii) (as Brian Frankish)
George Goodman ... unit production manager: (New York)
Jack Grossberg ... in charge of production
Phil Tucker ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nathan Haggard ... assistant director: second unit (as Nate Haggard)
Pat Kehoe ... second assistant director
William Kronick ... second unit director
David McGiffert ... assistant director
Kurt Neumann ... assistant director

Art Department

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Robert L. Clark ... set painter (as Robert Clark)
Curtis 'Red' Hollingsworth ... set painter
Mentor Huebner ... illustrator
Jack M. Marino ... property master (as Jack Marino)
Gary Martin ... construction coordinator
David J. Negron ... illustrator (as David Negron)
Ken Richey ... greensman
William Cruse ... set designer (uncredited)
Dave Margolin ... painter (uncredited)
William S. Maxwell III ... leadman (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella ... scenic designer (uncredited)
Bob Skemp ... greensman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James J. Klinger ... sound effects
William L. McCaughey ... re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Jack Solomon ... sound mixer
Harry W. Tetrick ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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Rick Baker ... special contributions: Kong
Don Chandler ... sculptor: of Kong
Joe Day ... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi ... the producer wishes to acknowledge that Kong has been designed/engineered/constructed by
Glen Robinson ... special effects / the producer wishes to acknowledge that Kong has been constructed by
Eddie Surkin ... mechanical coordinator: Kong
Terry W. King ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Andrew Miller ... special effects (uncredited)
Wayne Rose ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Chuck Schulthies Jr. ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Charles Schulthies ... special effects foreman (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Louis Lichtenfield ... matte artist (as Lou Lichtenfield)
Barry Nolan ... photographic effects assistant
Aldo Puccini ... miniature coordinator
Frank Van der Veer ... supervisor of photographic effects (as Frank Van Der Veer)
Harold E. Wellman ... additional photographic effects

Stunts

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Bill Couch ... stunt coordinator
Lightning Bear ... stunts (uncredited)
Loyd Catlett ... stunts (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)
J. David Jones ... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (uncredited)
Julius LeFlore ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Lovelett ... stunts (uncredited)
Kelly Nichols ... stunt double: Jessica Lange (uncredited)
Beth Nufer ... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Peterson ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto ... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Saniger ... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne ... stunts (uncredited)
Sunny Woods ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Albert Bettcher ... camera operator (as Al Bettcher)
Ed Carlin ... gaffer
Robert Edesa ... assistant cameraman
Elliott Marks ... still photographer
Robert Sordal ... key grip
Michael F. Burke ... electrician (uncredited)
Doug Byers ... electrician (uncredited)
Dave Friedman ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bobby Greene ... assistant camera: Kong head & hand (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl ... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Scott Miller ... principal photography (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeffrey W. Petersen ... rigger (uncredited)
Víctor Pérez ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz ... electrician (uncredited)
Gary Stark ... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Strong ... electrician (uncredited)
Dennis Young ... grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla ... second assistant camera: New York (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Arnie Lipin ... wardrobe (as Arny Lipin)
G. Fern Weber ... wardrobe (as Fern Weber)

Music Department

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John Barry ... conductor
Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Kenneth Hall ... music editor (as Kenneth J. Hall)
Aaron Rochin ... music re-recording
Dan Wallin ... music recording / score mixer (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joe Sawyers ... transportation coordinator
Steve Bonner ... driver (uncredited)
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
James Nordberg ... driver: special effects department (uncredited)

Other crew

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Gordon Armstrong ... publicity coordinator
Bruce Bahrenburg ... unit publicist
Jeffrey Chernov ... messenger
Dino De Laurentiis ... presents
Charlotte Dreiman ... production secretary
Doris Grau ... script supervisor
Lori Imbler ... production coordinator
Robert F. Kocourek ... production auditor
Meryle Selinger ... production accounting
Fred Sidewater ... assistant to producer (as Fredric M. Sidewater)
Scott Thaler ... messenger
Claude Thompson ... native dance choreography
Michael Winter ... messenger
Frans J. Afman ... financial services (uncredited)
Laurie Arnow-Epstein ... construction accountant (uncredited)
Stephen A. Glanzrock ... production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • King Kong: The Legend Reborn (United States)
  • King Kong: Der Tod des Giganten (West Germany)
  • Οι περιπέτειες του Κινγκ-Κονγκ (Greece)
  • Кинг-Конг (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • King Kong: Die Jagd nach dem Monster (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 134 min
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Box Office

Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,023,921, 19 Dec 1976
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $90,614,445

Did You Know?

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Trivia For shots of Kong holding Jessica Lange, the filmmakers built giant hydraulic gorilla arms. The hands were six feet across, and the arms weighed 1,650 lbs. (750 kg.) each. They weren't ready until shooting was well underway. When they were finally built, Dino De Laurentiis was invited to the set to witness a test. He walked into the studio, and a giant arm extended in his direction. Then the middle finger slowly uncurled and extended itself. De Laurentiis broke up. So did the arm; it was frozen, finger up, for a week. See more »
Goofs When he approaches the altar, Kong knocks down several trees. Since the ritual sacrifice clearly happens on a regular basis, wouldn't they have been knocked down on previous visits? See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Death Ship (1980). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »
Quotes Dwan: How can I become a star because of... because of someone who was stolen off that gorgeous island and locked up in that lousy oil tank?
Fred Wilson: Its not *someone*! Its an animal, a beast who tried to rape you.
Dwan: Thats not true. He risked his life to save me.
Fred Wilson: He tried to rape you honey. And before you cry a lot, you should ask the natives on that island what they thought of losing Kong.
Jack Prescott: Actually, they'll miss him a lot.
Fred Wilson: Like leprosy.
Jack Prescott: No, you're dead wrong. He was the terror, the mystery of their lives, and the magic. A year from now that will be an island full of burnt-out drunks. When we took Kong we kidnapped their god.
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