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The owner of the oil company Petrox Corporation, Fred Wilson, invests all his possessions searching oil in an unexplored island. The vessel leaves Surubaya, in Indonesia, with the stowaway Jack Prescott, who wants to protect an ape called Kong. While traveling, they find the castaway Dwan in the middle of nowhere in a rescue boat in the ocean and bring her on board. The group finds that the island is inhabited and the local natives worship a huge gorilla called Kong. They abduct Dwan to offer her in a sacrifice to Kong. The crew hikes into the jungle trying to rescue Dwan. King Kong falls in love with Dwan and protects her against a huge serpent. When Fred finds that the oil in the island is not ready for exploitation, he decides to capture Kong and bring him to New york for exhibition. In the middle of a show, King Kong escapes, bringing panic to the locals.
The most exciting original motion picture event of all time.
Also Known As:
King Kong: The Legend Reborn
Title: King Kong
Release Date: December 17, 1976
Runtime: 134 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Brimstone Pit Rating: 6.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With K
MPAA Rating: PG
Jeff Bridges ...Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin ...Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange ...Dwan
John Randolph ...Captain Ross
Rene Auberjonois ...Roy 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 ...Ape Masked Man
Sid Conrad ...Petrox Chairman
George Whiteman ...Army Helicopter Pilot
Wayne Heffley ...Air Force General
Forrest J Ackerman ...Fleeing Extra in Crowd
Rick Baker ...King Kong
Todd Baker ...Shea Stadium Spectator
Corbin Bernsen ...Reporter
Ray Buktenica ...Naval Officer
Larry M. Byrd ...Excited Fan
S.C. Dacy ...Newspaper Photographer
James Dunaway ...Man in audience
Donald F. Glut ...Guy in Amphitheater
Walt Gorney ...Subway Driver
Brent Huff ...Extra
Shawn McAllister ...Police Sergeant
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Dino De Laurentiis
Federico De Laurentiis
Merian C. Cooper
James Ashmore Creelman
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
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- The most exciting original motion picture event of all time.
- Jack Prescott: There is a girl out there who might be running for her life from some gigantic turned-on ape.
Fred: Lights! Camera! Kong!
Jack Prescott: Even an environmental rapist like you wouldn't be asshole enough to destroy a unique new species of animal. Fred Wilson: Bet me.
Dwan: [to Kong] You Goddamn chauvinist pig ape!
[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.
- Carlo Rambaldi was to design a life-sized mechanical gorilla for filming. While the massive and expensive model was being constructed, makeup artist Rick Baker built a much cheaper gorilla costume to wear in some scenes. Sources differ as to what happened to Rambaldi's model.
Barbra Streisand was considered for the part of Dwan.
When Jessica Lange's character Dwan first appears in the film she is in a rubber dinghy floating towards the Petrox explorer. She was later told by her make-up assistant that a shark had been seen near her dinghy when she was in it.
Universal had originally planned to make a more faithful remake of the original film to be entitled "The Legend of King Kong", which was going to be a period piece set in the 1930s. However, they backed out when this modern remake was announced.
Hammer had also intended to remake the movie a few years earlier, but it was scrapped after a few test reels were shot. However, some of the Hammer footage was used in a Volkswagen commercial.
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Rating: 6.6 out of 10.0 - 73 votes cast total
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