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Bye Bye Monkey (1978)

Ciao maschio (original title)
A man walking on the beach near New York City finds the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, and takes it to a friend who lives in the city, and they decide to raise it.

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Marco Ferreri

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Marco Ferreri (idea), Gérard Brach (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Gerard Lafayette
James Coco ... Andreas Flaxman
Marcello Mastroianni ... Luigi Nocello
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Mrs. Toland
Abigail Clayton Abigail Clayton ... Angelica (as Gail Lawrence)
Stefania Casini ... Feminist Actress
Francesca De Sapio
Mimsy Farmer ... Feminist Actress
Avon Long ... Miko
Nathalie Bernart Nathalie Bernart
Sandra Monteleoni Sandra Monteleoni
Enrico Blasi Enrico Blasi
Luciano Pallocchia Luciano Pallocchia
Achille Antonaglia Achille Antonaglia
Rosa Maria Calogero Rosa Maria Calogero ... (as Rosamaria Calogero)
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Storyline

Immigrants Luigi and Lafayette work for Andreas Flaxman at his wax museum in Lower Manhattan. Luigi, an asthmatic middle-aged romantic, works as an artist/sculptor while the Lafayette functions as a jack-of-all trades for Flaxman, who is obsessed with Ancient Rome, a preoccupation that most of his exhibits reflect. Lafayette lives in a rat-infested basement some blocks away and carries a whistle with to scare the rodents, which seem to be endemic to the area. He also works as a stagehand for a feminist theater group in their Off-off Broadway theater where he suffers their sexist abuses including being forced to wear a leotard. Angelica, one of the beautiful actresses in the troupe is attracted to him, and they begin a relationship. At the same time Luigi comes across the 50 foot model of King Kong in a Hudson River landfill, apparently discarded after the 1976 movie version of "King Kong." There he finds an orphaned baby chimpanzee which he takes to be the giant simian's son. Allergic... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The literal translation of the film's Italian title is "The End of Macho" which is more in keeping with the film's theme of the breaking down of sexual stereotypes. See more »

Goofs

The baby chimp is assumed to be the son of King Kong. Disregarding the size difference, it would be impossible for a gorilla to father a chimpanzee. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Toland: [to Lafayette about the monkey] If you want him to live, you'll have to keep him warm.
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Soundtracks

Rockabye Baby
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Traditional English nursery rhyme (first recorded in 1765)
Sung by Geraldine Fitzgerald to the monkey
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A perfect example of 1970s foreign movies
2 August 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

You know how foreign movies have the reputation for being extremely weird and full of naked people? Well, if you've ever seen a foreign movie from the 1970s, you know why. They're weird! Everybody takes their clothes off!

In Bye Bye Monkey, a bunch of disconnected stories are all joined together. And everyone takes their clothes off. An independent girls' theater troupe discusses whether or not it's possible for a man to be raped, then decides to put the question to the test. James Coco makes wax replicas of Ancient Rome, then decides to make the faces likenesses of American presidents. Geraldine Fitzgerald longs for love she's never experienced. And finally, Gérard Depardieu finds a baby monkey on the beach and adopts him. Marcello Mastroianni tags along in various scenes, but it's not really clear why, and Abigail Clayton falls in love with Gérard, even though he's never without his pet monkey and constantly blows through a metal whistle when he breathes. Yes, he's gorgeous, but nothing in this movie makes sense.

In an inarguably adorable scene, Gérard tries to leave the baby monkey in the park and walk away. The monkey shrieks and runs after him, then climbs up his body to nestle in the crook of his arm. In the next scene, Gérard gives the monkey a little bed, and you can see the animal smiling. That's about as cute as it gets. The rest of the movie is either weird or upsetting, but if you really like 1970s foreign movies or have never seen one, this is a perfect example. Ironically, the entire movie is spoken in English, and Gérard speaks more English in this movie than he did in Green Card!

Kiddy Warning: Obviously, you have control over your own children. However, due to nudity, graphic sex scenes, and an upsetting scene involving an animal, I wouldn't let my kids watch it.


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