King Kong Lives (1986)
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America's biggest hero is back...and He is not happy.
King Kong Lives is a 1986 American giant monster film 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.
Ten years after Kong's fall from the World Trade Center, he is kept alive in a coma by Dr. Amy Franklin of the Atlantic Institute. In order to save Kong's life with an artificial heart, she requires a blood transfusion from another member of his species. Adventurer Hank Mitchell discovers a female of the species in Borneo who is dubbed Lady Kong, and the operation to replace Kong's heart is successful. But when Lady Kong escapes the institute with Kong, the military begins to hunt down the two apes. When Lady Kong becomes pregnant with Kong's child, Kong musters his remaining strength for a final confrontation with the military to save his family.
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.
- Main article: King Kong Lives/Credits.
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
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)
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
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.
- Main article: King Kong Lives/Gallery.
- Main article: King Kong Lives (Soundtrack).
Universal DVD (2004)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
- Special Features: None
- Notes: Out of print.
- 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.
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