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King Kong (1976)

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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

James Ashmore Creelman (based on the {1933} screenplay) (as James Creelman), Ruth Rose (based on the {1933} screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin ... Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange ... Dwan
John Randolph ... Captain Ross
Rene Auberjonois ... Bagley
Julius Harris ... Boan
Jack O'Halloran ... Joe Perko
Dennis Fimple ... Sunfish
Ed Lauter ... Carnahan
Jorge Moreno ... Garcia
Mario Gallo ... Timmons
John Lone ... Chinese Cook
Garry Walberg ... Army General
John Agar ... City Official
Keny Long Keny Long ... Ape Masked Man
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Storyline

When a research ship is sent to explore an island thought to be rich in oil, paleontologist Jack Prescott sneaks aboard, having heard strange rumors about the island. En route, the crew rescues Dwan, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. When they arrive, they find native people living in fear of a monster called Kong. The natives kidnap Dwan and sacrifice her to what turns out to be an enormous ape. Dwan is eventually rescued, and the ape captured for a gala exhibit. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

The most exciting original motion picture event of all time. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Kong: The Legend Reborn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,023,921, 19 December 1976

Gross USA:

$52,614,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,614,445
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At a breakfast press conference held on the Paramount backlot to celebrate the launch of this film's principal photography, producer Dino de Laurentiis promised to "blow away" members of the media by unveiling both of his "stars" - blonde newcomer Jessica Lange and the giant mechanical ape created to play the title role. Lange gamely posed in a huge rubber gorilla "hand," but disappointed photographers when she refused to scream for them. Dino then revealed a giant wall painting of Kong and explained the technical crew was "still working on" the mechanical monkey. When asked by a reporter, "How big will the robot ape actually be?" de Laurentiis answered, "How big? This big (gesturing to the painting behind him)...even bigger if you want!" The producer then went on to explain his theory of why this film would be the biggest grosser in Hollywood history: "End of Jaws, when shark die, nobody cry. End of my movie, when monkey dies...everybody cries!" See more »

Goofs

Dwan is found adrift wearing only an evening gown, and appears to be the only woman on board the ship. Later in the voyage, she somehow acquires several very feminine articles of clothing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Perko: OK, Boan, how much you got here?
Boan: About eighteen hundred.
Joe Perko: Eighteen hundred? What's going on?
Boan: There's Bagley.
Joe Perko: Hey, Mr. Bagley! Something's haywire. They only loaded me enough pipe to push one test hole. Less than two thousand feet.
Roy Bagley: Yeah, that'll be enough.
Boan: Are you kidding? On Bagatan, we didn't come until we were past twenty-six thousand feet.
Roy Bagley: You take my word, fellas. This hole proves out within two thousand, or it's a write-off.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »

Alternate Versions

Additional scenes include the following:
  • A lengthy scene in a Surubaya bar showing Prescott drugging a Petrox crewman.
  • A scene of Joe & Boan playing cards & being interrupted by a Captain Ross on the loudspeaker calling all hands to assemble in the mess room. Boan wisecracking about Petrox bought by Howard Hughes & working for the CIA.
  • A scene of a Mexican crew member named Garcia spying on Dwan while she's showering,ends with Jack tossing Garcia overboard with a life preserver.
  • A scene showing the crew watching an old movie on TV. Roy Bagley observing the oil-like substance under a microscope, he swigs some wine & calls for a boat to take him ashore.
  • Longer battle between Kong & the gigantic snake,ends with an alternate and less gory take of Kong killing the snake & beating his chest.
  • Extra footage of Kong breaking through the wall.
  • Before Jack enters Dwan's dressing room he is confronted by a security guard.
  • Additional dialogue between Dwan & Wilson.
  • During Kong's rampage a Petrox head executive tells Wilson he's fired.
  • After Kong steps on Wilson,the camera pulls back to reveal that all that's left in Kong's footprint is Wilson's hat.
  • A scene of Dwan & Jack talking & running down a street trying to hot-wire a Chevrolet Corvette.
  • A scene of a car running in front of Kong, Kong picks it up (the car used was a 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham) & throws it against a building, where it explodes.
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Guilty pleasure
27 August 1999 | by chez-3See all my reviews

When this film was released at Christmas of 1976 it was billed as "the motion picture event of our time." Now it seems a bit extreme but as an eager 11 year old I was sucked in. Looking at it today I admit it's certainly far from being a motion picture event. But the film has its virtues none more so then the fine performances by Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin (in an unusual villianous role). And let's not forget the beautiful musical score by John Barry.

The special effects are pretty cheap in many scenes so don't be looking for top notch in that category. I don't know....on the whole it's really not that great but I must confess that every time it is on television I watch it. This is a true guilty pleasure.


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