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.
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
An expedition of the "Petrox" company, is exploring in search of petrol. A strange island where they arrive is the home of a giant ape, King Kong, that is captured by the expedition in order to make money exhibiting it to the world. When in the U.S. the huge gorilla becomes restless, trying to return home... Written by
King Kong was portrayed by an uncredited costumed actor, Rick Baker. Initial designs for the mechanical Kong were conceived by Special Effects Artists Glen Robinson and Carlo Rambaldi, although Rambaldi is not credited on-screen. The men intended Kong to be constructed by an aircraft company, but due to the rushed start of principal photography, the filmmakers opted to build Kong on "a Hollywood backlot" starting in January 1976. The completed 6.5-ton model was structured by an aluminum skeleton that contained 3,100 feet of hydraulic hose, and 4,500 feet of electrical wiring. Its chest measured twenty feet in width, with an arm span of the same distance. The machine could walk, turn at its waist, and move its arms in sixteen unique positions with the operation of hydraulic valves that were controlled by six men. The hands alone were six feet across, and the arms weighed 1,650 pounds each. The arms were constructed separately from the rest of the Kong model, then suspended from a crane, so Jessica Lange could be lifted thirty to forty feet. Publicity materials noted that safety features were installed in Kong's fingers, so they were not able to close around Lange entirely. Michael Dino, a famous wig maker and the hair designer for Kong, created the gorilla's fur with two tons of horse tails, imported from Argentina. One hundred assistants weaved the horsehair into four types of netting, and the work took several months. The hair panels were then attached to pieces of latex, that were, in turn, glued onto the model's metal frame. See more »
Although the story spans several days to several weeks, it is always full moon. 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 »
I hate to admit this having read many of the reviews but I can't help but enjoy "King Kong". Yes I realize it is silly and yest I realize the special effects aren't.... well, special. But I was 11 years old when this came out at Christmas in 1976. The hype was huge. The posters screamed that it was "The Motion Picutre Event of Our Time". I was caught up in it all and the film has a lot of fond memories for me.
On the positive side I think John Barry's score is one of his best. The lack of an Oscar nomination was a crime. Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin (playing a bad guy for a change) are acceptable in their roles. Jessica Lange didn't exactly hint there was a two time Oscar winner present but she looked awfully good. And the supporting cast featuring character actors (Ed Lauter, John Randolph, etc) we've seen over and over again.
It's no classic. It may not even be that good. But every time it's on I watch it and enjoy it despite its flaws. I guess that's what a guilty pleasure is all about. And this may be my guiltiest pleasure.
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