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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

Gerard Lafayette: Rats are smart. Men are stupid.
Andreas Flaxman: Ah, during the time if Julius Caesar rodents were the cause of starvation among the populace. Bear this in mind, Lafayette, civilizations fade away, but the rats remain. The future belongs to the rats!
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Connections

References Cleopatra (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Tea for Two
(uncredited)(1925)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Marcello Mastroianni does a soft shoe to a hummed version
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Disturbing apocalyptic vision
4 June 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

This is not a real movie in terms of a story but rather a collection of impressions about the life of a lonely guy living somewhere in a future New York slum during an apocalyptic virus wave that caused the death of thousands of people. He's surviving by taking bizarre jobs for a living, and finally he's finding a small monkey as a buddy.

The whole atmosphere is disturbing and sinister, but the "story" is a bit lame sometimes. The photography is stunning and occasionally reminds of the famous apocalyptic paintings of Hieronimus Bosch to the shadowy impressions of Enrico de Chirico. A really disturbing, surreal French movie featuring a young Gerard Depardieu.


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