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King Kung Fu (1976)

A gorilla trained in martial arts gets loose and terrorizes the city of Wichita, Kansas.


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Credited cast:
John Ballee John Ballee ... Gorilla
Billy Schwartz Billy Schwartz ... Bo Burgess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lois Ayres Lois Ayres ... Myrtle (as Lois Ayers)
Allan Baker Allan Baker ... Smilin' Jack
Fred Burton Fred Burton ... Bruce the Great
Dan Campbell ... Dr. Harris Freeb
Robert Carroll Robert Carroll ... F. Lawrence LaRue
Lee Elliot Lee Elliot ... Sig Heil
Jim Erickson Jim Erickson ... Al Funku
Maxine Gray Maxine Gray ... Rae Jean Fey
Pat Hayes Pat Hayes ... Meter maid
Lillian Kelley Lillian Kelley ... Agatha
Jack Lee Jack Lee ... Wild Bill
Tim McGill Tim McGill ... Herman
Stephen S. Sisley Stephen S. Sisley ... Officer Pilgrim


A remote monastery in China has trained a talking gorilla, King Kung Fu, in the ancient art of kung fu. Having mastered his fighting skills, King Kung Fu is sent to America to demonstrate the power of Chinese martial arts to the West. As he is travelling through Kansas, a pair of bumbling reports see KKF and decide he can be their ticket to fame and wealth. Of course, the gorilla gets away from them, and soon everyone is chasing the Shaolin simian. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He came from China ... He knew Karate ... The Monster Master of the Martial Arts ... They called him ... "King Kung Fu"


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Release Date:

15 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Began filming in 1974, production was shut down several times when they ran out of money, was finally released in 1987. See more »


Before the Ford Galaxie is hit by the driver's ed car, the wheels are obviously not attached to the car; the car is just resting on the unattached wheels. In a previous shot, the rear wheel is sticking out at an angle. See more »


Gorilla: I gotta make like a banana and split!
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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A "G" rated film suitable for everyone. A family comedy.

As the producer of King Kung Fu, I marvel at the comments about this being "Worst Film Ever". For the correct information, please know that KKF actually played in 11 theaters around the country. Also while standing in the lobby of two theaters the audience laughed their tails off during the film. They then commented that it was "corny". It has been sold to Japan, Taiwan, and Poland. It was shot on 43 locations and has over 40 speaking parts. It was shot in SimianScope. King Kung Fu is the unforgettable story of a Chinese gorilla who knows Karate. After beating up his master (a Kung Fu Master)he is shipped to the U.S. as a gift by the embarrassed master. On the way to New York, he is put on display in Wichita, Kansas where two out of work reporters set him free with plans to "capture" him and get jobs. Police Captain J.W. Duke,(who resembles a certain Western Movie star)and his first officer Pilgrim, get involved in the city wide chase along with Rae Fey and a host of others. The gorilla and the girl end up on top of the tallest building in Wichita, a Holiday Inn. It is full of clichés, spoofs, and a cast of truly memorable characters for a lot of viewing fun. If you laugh at the opening titles when it says "Filmed in SimianScope" then you'll laugh all the way thru the movie. We started in 1974 and released the movie in 1987. (ran out of money several times)If you can accept the fact that it is a guy in a gorilla suit (who by the way does not talk) you can enjoy the film. (a stream of consciousness voice does not mean the gorilla talks). Hey, it's a G rated movie. It was one of two released in 1987. The other one was a Benjie Movie. Take a chance. Bob Walterscheid

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