King Kong

King Kong

2.8 10
Director: John Guillermin

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange

     
 

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Famed producer Dino De Laurentiis tries to steal the thunder from Jaws, then the top-grossing film of all-time, in this big budget remake of King Kong. (De Laurentiis related his tactics to Tom Snyder: "When Jaws dies, nobody cries. When Kong dies, they all cry.") Updated to the 1970s, the original Robert Armstrong character is now Fred Wilson (CharlesSee more details below

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Famed producer Dino De Laurentiis tries to steal the thunder from Jaws, then the top-grossing film of all-time, in this big budget remake of King Kong. (De Laurentiis related his tactics to Tom Snyder: "When Jaws dies, nobody cries. When Kong dies, they all cry.") Updated to the 1970s, the original Robert Armstrong character is now Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin), a big-shot oil magnate from Petrox Oil, looking for new petroleum deposits on a recently discovered Pacific island. Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges) is a counter-culture paleontologist, stowing away on Wilson's ship, who warns that they are headed for "Skull Island," where prehistoric monsters still live and roam free. Also along for the ride is Dwan (Jessica Lange, in her film debut), a down-on-her-luck starlet, shipwrecked in the ocean after the sinking of a yacht. She really becomes down-on-her-luck when the group lands on the island and a giant ape, Kong, takes a shine to her. Kong kidnaps her and Dwan takes umbrage when the ape tries to remove her clothes by shouting, "You male chauvinist ape!" But Prescott comes to her aid and rescues her from the gorilla's big mits. Wilson, seeing money to be made on Kong, locks him in the cargo hold of his ship and transports him to New York City. Once there, Kong manages to escape and wreak havoc upon the beleaguered town, before being compelled to climb up the World Trade Center for sanctuary.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The movie Dino De Laurentiis wanted to sell with the line "When Kong dies, everybody cries" is a camp-infested update of the 1933 classic. With a script by Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the similarly tongue-in-cheek Batman television series, this version of Kong is loaded with silly dialogue and situations. On this occasion, the sea voyage is reconfigured as executive Charles Grodin leads his crew in search of oil deposits. Star Jeff Bridges, as well as the big ape's love interest, Jessica Lange, and the rest of the cast all seem to be in on the joke. Special effects artist Rick Baker certainly succeeded in his efforts to give the face of Kong some emotive qualities, and at the time of the film's release, the special effects were state-of-the-art. Considering the extraordinary development in the last quarter century, the effects here are nevertheless likely to underwhelm contemporary viewers. Although King Kong did fairly well at the box office, earning a place as the third highest grossing film of 1976, it was not the blockbuster De Laurentiis hoped for, especially in light of its high budget.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
UPC:
0097360364323
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:14:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange Dwan
John Randolph Capt. Ross
René Auberjonois Bagley
Julius Harris Boan
Jack O'Halloran Perko
Dennis Fimple Sunfish
Ed Lauter Camahan
Jorge Moreno Garcia
Mario Gallo Timmons
John Agar City Official
Keny Long Ape Masked Man in Dance
Wayne Heffley Air Force Colonel
Joe Piscopo Actor
John Lone Chinese Cook
Garry Walberg Army General
Sid Conrad Petrox Chairman
Corbin Bernsen Reporter
Richard Baker King Kong
Todd Baker Shea Stadium Spectator (uncredited)
George Whiteman Army Helicopter Pilot
John Barry Conductor

Technical Credits
John Guillermin Director
Del Acevedo Makeup
Archie J. Bacon Art Director
Richard Baker Special Effects
John Barry Score Composer
Terry Carr Production Manager
Don Chandler Consultant/advisor
Mario Chiari Production Designer
David A. Constable Art Director
Bill Couch Stunts
Joe Day Special Effects
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Frederico de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Christian Ferry Executive Producer
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
Robert Gundlach Art Director
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Arnold M. Lipin Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy Lipin Costumes/Costume Designer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Kurt Neumann Asst. Director
Barry Nolan Special Effects
Carlo Rambaldi Consultant/advisor,Special Effects
Glen Robinson Consultant/advisor,Special Effects
Aaron Rochin Sound/Sound Designer
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Surkin Consultant/advisor
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
John True Consultant/advisor
Frank van der Meer Special Effects
Dan Wallin Sound/Sound Designer
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Fern Weber Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold E. Wellman Special Effects
Ralph Winters Editor

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