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King Kong Lives (1986)

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.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Ronald Shusett (story), Steven Pressfield (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Elliott ... King Kong (as Peter Elliot)
George Antoni George Antoni ... Lady Kong (as George Yiasomi)
Brian Kerwin ... Hank Mitchell
Linda Hamilton ... Amy Franklin
John Ashton ... Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
Peter Michael Goetz ... Dr. Andrew Ingersoll
Frank Maraden Frank Maraden ... Dr. Benson Hughes
Alan Sader Alan Sader ... Faculty Doctor #1
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Faculty Doctor #2
Marc Clement Marc Clement ... Crew Chief
Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes ... Reporter
Larry Souder Larry Souder ... Reporter
Ted Prichard Ted Prichard ... Reporter
Jayne Gray Jayne Gray ... Reporter (as Jayne Linday-Gray)
Debbie McLeod ... Reporter
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Storyline

A giant ape King Kong, which was shot and fell off the World Trade Center tower, appears to be alive, but is in coma for 10 years and desperately needs a blood transfusion in order to have an artificial heart implanted. Suddenly, in the rainforest, another gigantic ape is found - this time a female. She is brought to the USA, and the heart is successfully implanted. But then King Kong, having sensed the female ape, breaks loose. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Taglines:

The Legendary Kong is Back! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Kong 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,172,942, 21 December 1986

Gross USA:

$4,711,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,711,220
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to "Creating the Filmation Generation", Dino De Laurentiis approached Lou Scheimer of Filmation to develop an animated spin-off starring the son of Kong. Robert Lamb came up with some pretty wild ideas involving "Kid Kong" being able to change his size at will and travel to various different planets, as well as go underwater in a submarine made out of giant coconuts and bamboo called the 'Coco-Nautilis'. "Kid Kong" never got off the ground. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, we hear Kong's heart beating. We don't hear his heart beating at any other point in the movie, even during the quiet scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy Franklin: I'm sorry.
Dr. Andrew Ingersoll: That cost this institute seven million dollars!
Dr. Benson Hughes: She knows how much it costs. She's been a part of it since we first got Kong's heart resuscitated.
Amy Franklin: There's nothing wrong with the heart. The damn thing runs like a Swiss watch. It's his blood.
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Bad but Fun
25 June 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

King Kong Lives (1986)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sequel to the 1976 remake has Kong in a coma after falling from the World Trade Center. His heart is quickly going back so he needs a mechanical heart installed. Before the doctor (Linda Hamilton) does this, Kong is going to need blood so thankfully there's a redneck hunter (Peter Elliott) who has captured a female Kong. This movie has the reputation of being one of the worst ever made and people must have believed it because they stayed away from the film when it was originally released and it turned into one of the biggest box office disasters in history. This was a favorite of mine when I was a kid but it really hasn't aged too well. The biggest problem with the film is the film itself because it's never quite clear what the movie is trying to do. The story is all over the place, characters are coming in left and right and the entire Army set up just doesn't make too much sense at all. I'm going to take a wild guess and say this movie was meant for romance because we've got Hamilton and Elliott falling for each other and we've got the two Kong's falling in love. There's no doubt this is a very stupid movie but thankfully it's dumb enough to be mildly entertaining. The scenes with the two Kong's falling in love are pretty funny as is a scene later in the movie where redneck hunters trap Kong and try to torture him. The ending is just as wild as anything that follows it and I must admit that I found it pretty cute and touching. The special effects are certainly several notches below the previous film but they aren't too bad. Elliott and Hamilton really don't have too much to do because the screenplay doesn't offer them much but both are fine in their roles. What really kills the film from being a true cult item is the fact that we've got a 75-minute story expanded to 105-minutes, which is way too long.


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