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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.

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Cast

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King Kong (as Peter Elliot)
George Antoni ...
Lady Kong (as George Yiasomi)
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Frank Maraden ...
Alan Sader ...
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Lou Criscuolo ...
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Marc Clement ...
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Richard Rhodes ...
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Larry Souder ...
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Ted Prichard ...
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Jayne Gray ...
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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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Action | Adventure

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19 December 1986 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,172,942 (USA) (21 December 1986)

Gross:

$4,711,220 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John WIlson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »

Goofs

The incision that the doctors make to perform Kong's heart transplant is totally wrong. 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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3 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

King Kong Lives is a worthy successor to such cinematic classics as King Kong '76, Konga, and King Kong Escapes. It's also one of the most insanely entertaining monster movies ever made. It's tremendously fun and highly goofy. The surgical scene in which Linda Hamilton transplants a huge mechanical heart(!)in Kong's chest is just one of the astounding spectacles in this entertaining over-the-top sequel to Kong '76. I had so much fun watching King Kong Lives that I went out and bought it on DVD. I expected it to be off-the-wall and wasn't disappointed. I'm giving King Kong Lives a 10 star rating for it's extreme entertainment value. I loved it.


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