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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

ln his book "The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles," writer Steven Pressfield mentions this movie as a life-changing, validating failure. It was his first professional writing job after 17 years of trying. After the movie bombed, he realized he'd become a professional. He hadn't yet had a success, but he'd had "a real failure." See more »

Goofs

The nerve gas is enough to knock out a 50 foot gorilla, yet, seems to not affect humans. Many of the soldiers take their gas masks off, even while the gas is still visibly present in the air, and are unaffected. 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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Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Mighty Kong (2014) See more »

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OK OK its a crap movie....who's arguing?
5 July 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Well I gotta tell ya - when I bought this flick ($4 - yeah...I KNOW I was way overcharged)in the late 80's, my kids loved it! As an 8 year old, you tend NOT to notice the hilarious dialog, K-Mart effects and Z-Grade production values. My five year old sobbed her little eyes out when KONG was having a coronary...the other three cheered when he wrote off the bad army guys so hey, I'm biased! This film made my kids happy so I haven't the heart to belittle its achievements - microscopic that they are!

PLUS the fact you get to see Linda Hamilton when she was really pretty so c'mon, be charitable - let it be wouldja?


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