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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where people are celebrating the success of Kong's heart operation (directly after the operation scene) there is a person carrying a sign saying 'You Kong, Me Fay' referring to Fay Wray, the actress in the 1933 original King Kong. See more »

Goofs

When Kong first sees the alligator, it is a full-grown adult alligator. When Kong picks up the alligator, you can tell it is just a baby. 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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Unique fast-food cinema.
28 July 2004 | by dmc102See all my reviews

D: John Guillermin. Linda Hamilton; Brian Kerwin; Mike Starr.

Silly but ambitious sequel to Dino DeLaurentiis' remake of the 1933 classic monster movie. Of all the wonderful stories that could be told using the most famous movie ape of all time, screenwriter Ronald Shusset (Alien, Dead and Buried) opts for a ludicrous tale about an overly involved scientist/doctor/biologist Hamilton and her emotional quest to save Kong. Future comedy talent Starr is wasted as a bad tempered facility guard while co-star Kerwin shows off his Indiana Jones impression as a `wild boy' adventurer. Only DeLaurentiis could make a good idea this bad. However, for a genuine Kong fan, this may provide some light entertainment – once you look past the terrible Carlo Rambaldi (King Kong, Alien) visual effects and the rambling, overlong script. Director Guillermin's final theatrical effort.


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