A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
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.
King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
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
Second Unit Director William Kronick recalls spending an entire evening in the oppressive summer heat, setting up the shot, in which Kong's shadow passes over a priest on the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, which required blocking off Fifth Avenue for several blocks on either side of the cathedral. This meant only lighting the cathedral itself, turning off the lights in all of the surrounding buildings (to simulate a blackout), and rehearsing a riderless horse and carriage. Just when Kronick got everything ready, it started to rain, forcing him to cancel the shoot, to come back the next night, and do it all over again. See more »
When Kong is dead on the ground, Dwan touches him and gets blood on her hands. The blood disappears as she cries for Jack amid the photographers. See more »
OK, Boan, how much you got here?
About eighteen hundred.
Eighteen hundred? What's going on?
Hey, Mr. Bagley! Something's haywire. They only loaded me enough pipe to push one test hole. Less than two thousand feet.
Yeah, that'll be enough.
Are you kidding? On Bagatan, we didn't come until we were past twenty-six thousand feet.
You take my word, fellas. This hole proves out within two thousand, or it's a write-off.
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Opening credits prologue: SURABAYA INDONESIA See more »
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.
KING KONG (1976) ***1/2 Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange (debut), Charles Grodin, Rene Aubejonois, John Randolph, Ed Lauter, John Agar. Remake of the big ape run amok in NYC is just as good as the original classic with some excellent special effects and Rick Baker (self-professed "Monster Maker" make-up man) in the monkey suit. Campy in dialogue yet surprisingly emotional more so than its predecessor making Kong sympathetic as well as Lange's heroine feeling for the poor doomed creature. Admit you cried at the film's bloody end! Best moment: Kong cleaning up a muddy Lange. PS : look for John Lone as Grodin's masseur.
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