King Kong Lives

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King Kong Films
King Kong (1976)
King Kong Lives
King Kong (2005)
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group Monster Movie
King Kong Lives
King Kong Lives
Directed by John Guillermin
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis (executive),
Ronald Shusett (executive),
Martha Schumacher
Written by Ronald Shusett,
Steven Pressfield
Music by John Scott
Distributor De Laurentiis Entertainment Group,
Shochiku FujiJP
Rating PG-13
Budget $18,000,000
Box Office $4,700,000
(U.S.)
Running Time 105 minutes
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
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America's biggest hero is back...and He is not happy. „ 

— Tagline

King Kong Lives is a 1986 American giant monster name produced by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and a sequel to the 1976 remake of King Kong. It was released to American theaters on December 19, 1986.

Plot

After being seemingly killed by UH-1 Iroquois helicopters atop the World Trade Center in 1976, King Kong was actually taken to the Atlantic Institute and kept alive in a coma for 10 years. Dr. Amy Franklin sets out to save Kong's life by giving him a computer-monitored artificial heart, however the procedure would require a blood transfusion and no suitable donor for Kong exists. Thankfully, adventurer Hank Mitchell discovers a female member of Kong's species, dubbed "Lady Kong," in the jungles of Borneo. Mitchell proposes that Borneo and Kong's island were once part of the same landmass, explaining how members of the species were found living in both locations. Lady Kong is brought to the Institute so her blood can be used for Kong's operation. The procedure proves to be a success, but the revived Kong and Lady Kong escape from the Institute and run off together. Army colonel Archie Nevitt and his men are then called in to hunt down the giant apes. The army corners Kong and his new mate in the forest and seemingly cause Kong to fall from a cliff to his death, then proceed to capture Lady Kong alive. Kong survives the fall and begins pursuing his mate, but Dr. Franklin and Mitchell learn that his artificial heart is beginning to give out. They also come to discover that Lady Kong is pregnant with Kong's child. Franklin and Mitchell help Lady Kong escape from a military base and bring her to a barn, where she goes into labor. Kong arrives at the farm, with the military standing in the way to his mate. Kong clashes with the army, and despite being mortally wounded succeeds in killing Nevitt and defeating his attackers. Kong then drags himself into the barn, where Lady Kong has given birth to their son. Kong manages to get a good look at his son before finally dying from a combination of his wounds and the failure of his artificial heart. Lady Kong and her son are then relocated to Borneo, to live out their days together in peace.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   John Guillermin
  • Written by   Ronald Shusett, Steven Pressfield
  • Produced by   Martha Schumacher
  • Music by   John Scott
  • Cinematography by   Alec Mills
  • Edited by   Malcom Cooke
  • Production Design by   Peter Murton
  • Assistant Directing by   Matt Earl Beesley, Brian W. Cook, Bruce Moriarty, Bud Davis
  • Special Effects by   Carlo Rambaldi

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Brian Kerwin   as   Hank Mitchell
  • Linda Hamilton   as   Dr. Amy Franklin
  • Peter Elliott   as   King Kong
  • John Ashton   as   Lt.Col. Archie Nevitt
  • George Antoni (as George Yiasomi)   as   Lady Kong
  • Benjamin Kechley   as   Baby Kong
  • Frank Maraden   as   Dr. Benson Hughes
  • Peter Michael Goetz   as   Dr. Andrew Ingersoll
  • Jimmie Ray Weeks   as   Major Peete
  • Jimmy Wiggins   as   Boyfriend
  • Mary Swafford   as   Girlfriend
  • Michael Forest   as   Vance
  • Leon Rippy   as   Will
  • Herschel Sparber   as   Jay
  • Wallace Merck   as   Chigger
  • Dean Whitworth   as   Scruffy
  • Jonathan Canfield   as   Jump Ranger #1
  • Jack Wheeler   as   Officer #1
  • Joe Wheeler   as   Officer #2
  • David Hartzell   as   Sergeant #1
  • Patrick Webb   as   Infantryman
  • Greg Hendrixson   as   Jump Ranger #2
  • Jim Grimshaw   as   Sergeant
  • Robin Cahall   as   Mazlansky
  • Matt Totty   as   Sgt. Tucker
  • Jeff Bridges   as   Jack Prescott (Stock footage, uncredited)
  • Jessica Lange   as   Dwan (Stock footage, uncredited)
  • George Whiteman   as   Helicopter pilot (Stock footage, uncredited)
  • Rick Baker   as   King Kong (Stock footage, uncredited)
  • Peter Cullen   as   King Kong (Voice, stock vocalizations, uncredited)

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Production

Ever since King Kong earned $80 million at the box office, Dino De Laurentiis considered producing a sequel. Various projects were considered, ranging from King Kong in Africa and King Kong in Moscow to loose remakes of Son of Kong. Ultimately, King Kong Lives was released on December 19, 1986, almost exactly ten years after the release of King Kong. Despite its reduced budget compared to its predecessor, King Kong Lives was heavily marketed around the world, usually under the title King Kong 2, even receiving two tie-in games in Japan.

Gallery

Main article: King Kong Lives/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: King Kong Lives (Soundtrack).

DVD Releases

Universal DVD (2004)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: None
  • Notes: Out of print.

Trivia

  • One Japanese poster for this film was drawn by the late Noriyoshi Ohrai, who was known for illustrating posters for most of the Godzilla films since The Return of Godzilla.
  • Some of the M114 Command and Reconnaissance Carriers in the film are equipped with fake turrets, possibly to create the illusion of greater military firepower.[1]

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Toa Hydros

one month ago
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My Thoughts: King Kong Lives

Definantly not the high point of old Kong's career.

Let's start with the acting. This is some of the most phoned in, least inspired acting I've ever seen. Not one character in this movie left an impact on me beyond generic-ness: You got the generic, "passionate" scientist; the generic adventurer/love interest, and the generic military commander who thinks every problem can be solved by throwing bullets at it.

As is often the case in movies like this, the monster scenes are the highlights, but even those have problems. The effects are an obvious step down from the suite and miniatures seen in the '76 film. Kong's facial expressions seem limited to angry-face and sourpuss-face, and the shoulders are too wide. Plus, the proportions are often thrown out of whack within a few frames: In one scene Kong is fighting against tanks. In one frame, his hand is in proper proportion compared to a human, and in the next, when he's picking up the tank, he looks roughly Godzilla-sized.

Granted some scenes are entertaining: the way Kong carried Lady Kong out of the facility like a knight rescuing a maiden had me in stitches, and the scene of Kong hunting in the swamp was kinda interesting.

As far as pointless sequels go, King Kong Lives isn't the worst, but it's still the low point of the King Kong "series". Say what you will about Toho's Kong movies, but at the very least they have sheer entertainment value going for them. This flick, despite a few humorous scenes here and there, was just an uninspired mess.
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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This is easily the worst King Kong movie.