King Kong


King Kong

Overview:

In this remake of the 1933 classic about the giant ape, an oil company expedition disturbs the peace of Kong and brings him back to New York to exploit him. Even though a woman somewhat tames Kong, he finally breaks loose and terrorizes the city, and as the military attempt to stop him, he falls to his death from the top of the World Trade Center.

Votes 176 (5.9/10)

Runtime: 134 minutes

Release Date 1976-09-08

Budget: $23,000,000.00

Revenue: $90,614,445.00

Tagline: The most exciting original motion picture event of all time.

Production company:

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Dino De Laurentiis Company

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Adventure
  • Drama

Trailer

Further Information

Jack Prescott
Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
Dwan
Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
Fred Wilson
Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin
Captain Ross
John Randolph
John Randolph
Roy Bagley
Rene Auberjonois
Rene Auberjonois
Boan
Julius Harris
Julius Harris
Joe Perko
Jack O'Halloran
Jack O'Halloran
Carnahan
Ed Lauter
Ed Lauter
City Official
John Agar
John Agar
Garcia
Jorge Moreno
Jorge Moreno
Timmons
Mario Gallo
Mario Gallo
Chinese Cook
John Lone
John Lone
Army General
Garry Walberg
Garry Walberg
Ape Masked Man
Keny Long
Keny Long
Petrox Chairman
Sid Conrad
Sid Conrad
Army Helicopter Pilot
George S. Whiteman
George S. Whiteman
Air Force General
Wayne Heffley
Wayne Heffley
Shea Stadium Spectator
Todd Baker
Todd Baker
Reporter
Corbin Bernsen
Corbin Bernsen
Naval Officer
Ray Buktenica
Ray Buktenica
Excited Fan
Larry M. Byrd
Larry M. Byrd
King Kong (voice)
Peter Cullen
Peter Cullen
Newspaper Photographer
S.C. Dacy
S.C. Dacy
Man in Audience
James Dunaway
James Dunaway
Crushed Spectator
Ned Gill
Ned Gill
Guy in Ampitheater
Donald F. Glut
Donald F. Glut
Subway Driver
Walt Gorney
Walt Gorney
Police Sergeant
Shawn McAllister
Shawn McAllister
Reporter
Eve McVeagh
Eve McVeagh
Victim
Larry Naschel
Larry Naschel
Logan
Ira S. Rosenstein
Ira S. Rosenstein
Ship's Radio Operator
David Roya
David Roya
Man Running in Terror
David Ulmer
David Ulmer
Kid with Afro on Bleachers
Kristephan Warren-Stevens
Kristephan Warren-Stevens
Extra
Brent Huff
Brent Huff
King Kong
Rick Baker
Rick Baker
Director
John Guillermin
John Guillermin
Screenplay
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Executive Producer
Federico De Laurentiis
Federico De Laurentiis
Executive Producer
Christian Ferry
Christian Ferry
Original Music Composer
John Barry
John Barry
Director of Photography
Richard H. Kline
Richard H. Kline
Editor
Ralph E. Winters
Ralph E. Winters
Producer
Dino De Laurentiis
Dino De Laurentiis
Production Design
Dale Hennesy
Dale Hennesy
Production Design
Mario Chiari
Mario Chiari
Costume Design
Moss Mabry
Moss Mabry
Costume Design
Anthea Sylbert
Anthea Sylbert
Set Decoration
John Franco Jr.
John Franco Jr.
Script Supervisor
Doris Grau
Doris Grau
Still Photographer
Elliott Marks
Elliott Marks
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Harry W. Tetrick
Harry W. Tetrick
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
William L. McCaughey
William L. McCaughey
Sound mixer
Jack Solomon
Jack Solomon
Casting
Joyce Selznick
Joyce Selznick
Art Direction
Archie J. Bacon
Archie J. Bacon
Art Direction
David A. Constable
David A. Constable
Art Direction
Robert Gundlach
Robert Gundlach
Production Manager
Terry Carr
Terry Carr
Unit Production Manager
Brian E. Frankish
Brian E. Frankish
Production Manager
George Goodman
George Goodman
Post Production Supervisor
Phil Tucker
Phil Tucker
Production Coordinator
Lori Imbler
Lori Imbler

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I had first seen the outstanding original of 'King Kong', still transcendent and captivating in its then-prescient use of special effects wizardry, then Sir Peter Jackson's recent remake, which was still extremely impressive. I had only heard horrible things about the 70's version, but I have come to admire Guillermin's films that I had watched, and look at that cast, so when I found the blu used, for a good price, I took a chance. It's definitely the runt of the litter, but is by no means a disaster. It's intriguing that they had originally wanted Joseph Sargent to direct with Peter Falk starring, and that Meryl Streep was considered for the role that eventually went to Jessica Lange. The changes they made to update Kong for the seventies were intriguing (as they wanted the script to be completely different from the Cooper/Schoedsack masterpiece), and I'm left curious, had Sir Peter Jackson chosen to make Kong a 21st-century schizoid apeman instead of doing a period piece, how that would have transpired. Even being Canadian, seeing the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center made me wistfully nostalgic. The only part of the film that was excruciating to watch was when Kong is made to perform for the American Bicentennial festivities, and at the ending, I was curious how Lange got down from the rooftop of one of the towers so fast. The answer probably lies on the cutting room floor, and the editing was probably rushed for release date, so no one must have noticed...

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