King Kong (1976)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Horror

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


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29 February 2000 | boogieknights19
Beautiful remake of a legend
Dino Delaurentis brought this classic fairy tale to the big screen 40 years after the original, and it has become an icon of 70's cinema. It stands on it's own as a cool monster movie, and a love story. The musical score in the film is haunting and evokes memories of the mysterious island. Jack Prscott's explanation of the legend of the great beast of the island sets the pace for the film. Jessica Lange floats in on a raft wearing a tiny black cocktail dress, and is rescued by the woman-starved sailors. She plays the role of Dwan, breathlessly a la Marylin Monroe. She parades around on deck looking like a dancer at a Gentlemen's club ("care for a dance?") wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes she appears ready to burst out of, and a succession of mini-shirts! The film goes on to carefully modernise the original story, and Rick Baker in a monkey suit is the best Kong on film to date. Even Kong gets carried away by Lange's incredible sensuality and physical perfection!

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A second unit filmed the waterfall scene - the waterfall background used in the film was shot in Brazil.


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: ...


(at around 33 mins) When the shore party arrives at the ancient wall on the island, Jack changes the lens on his camera twice.

Crazy Credits

Jessica Lange received an "Introducing" credit, as this was her acting debut.

Alternate Versions

The three hour, two-part television version also includes:

  • A longer scene of Kong attacking the elevated train.
  • A longer scene of Kong hiding from search helicopters at the East River waterfront.
  • -Additional dialogue between Jack and Dwan in the bar.
  • -Two brief, additional clips of the military gaurding the Queensboro Bridge.
  • -An alternate, extended scene of Kong destroying the power station.
  • -A longer scene of the City Official concurring with military advisors at City Hall, including a general telling the official they don't have time to get Prescott's head examined, and another advisor telling the official that standing around won't get him votes.
  • Extended scene of Kong peering in the window at Dwan in the bar.
  • A short scene of a military official ordering jet fighters to be aborted and choppers sent in instead.
  • A scene of Jack stealing a discarded ten-speed bike and racing after Kong down a New York street.
  • Three short clips of Kong lumbering down Wall Street with Dwan in hand.
  • A brief clip of the helicopter gunships taking off.
  • An extended scene of Kong climbing the World Trade Center and pausing to rest a moment about halfway up.


Love Theme from King Kong
Written and produced by
Barry White
Performed by Love Unlimited Orchestra
© 1976 20th Century Fox Records Inc.
© Renewed UMG Recordings Inc.


Plot Summary

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Adventure | Horror

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,023,921 19 December 1976

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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