King Kong Lives (1986)

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King Kong Lives
King Kong Lives
Directed by John Guillermin
Producer(s) 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
Running time 105 minutes
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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King Kong 2 redirects here. For the video game tie-ins to this film, see King Kong 2: Furious Megaton Punch and King Kong 2: Revived Legend.
America's biggest hero is back...and He is not happy.

— Tagline

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).

DVD Releases

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.[1]


King Kong Lives theatrical trailer
King Kong Lives Japanese theatrical trailer
King Kong Lives video trailer

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8 months ago
Score 0
Sarah Connor’s in this film? Where’s the Terminator?


11 months ago
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Piracy isn't allowed and it is illegal.

Astounding Beyond Belief

11 months ago
Score 2
The number of kaiju fans who think that pirating obscure, out-of-print genre films is immoral never ceases to amaze me.

Makuta The shadow king 18

12 months ago
Score -1
can somebody help me and tell me how to download this movie in AVI format? and with english audio?

Astounding Beyond Belief

12 months ago
Score 3
This is not the place to come to for piracy tips.


12 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: Sooooooo..... where can I order my copy of D&D on Titan? XD

Astounding Beyond Belief

12 months ago
Score 1
Literally what are you talking about


12 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: You don’t remember that? In the comments section for Monster X/Keizer Ghidorah, VaderRaptor and I were bantering with our favorite anime characters, then you tell us to take our RPing elsewhere, I jokingly called ya Thanos, and you were like, “Is there a comic where he tells the Avengers to stop playing D&D on Titan?”.

(You don’t get my humor, do you? If so, that’s alright)

Astounding Beyond Belief

12 months ago
Score 0
That did not register in this context, and even with context, I have no clue why you brought it up. (Titan is the name of his home planet; it wasn't an Attack on Titan reference.)


12 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: *Roman Torchwick voice* 1. I call myself a nonsensical clown, so my humor is what it is. (I call it clownin’ around)

2. WHAT?! YOUUUU!!! Clever. Very clever. (But I’ll admit, despite my ironic like for Carnage, I don’t like the Marvel Universe, so that BIG TIME slipped by me)

P.S. Just want to say, your replies are funny. Have a nice day.

Astounding Beyond Belief

12 months ago
Score 0
They're not meant to be. I genuinely find nonsensical replies grating.


8 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: Guess What bro? I find nonsensical comments to be grating too.

@Makuta The shadow king 18: FBI! OPEN UP! XD


8 months ago
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'Visible confusion'


22 months ago
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Ah yes, The Godzilla's Revenge of the King Kong series (At least in my opinion.). Kinda like how Gamera: Super Monster was the Godzilla's Revenge of the Gamera series. But hey, at least this movie wasn't just a Stock Footage compilation.

Toa Hydros

38 months ago
Score 0

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.

Green Blob Thing

40 months ago
Score 0
This is easily the worst King Kong movie.

Green Blob Thing

16 months ago
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If only I had seen Return to the Jungle before I wrote this comment nearly two years ago. I'd have been down on my knees begging to watch this instead.
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