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King Kong (1976)


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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

Jul 27, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (13) | DVD (9)

Bad script and acting ruin a classic story.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Not as bad as reputed, this Kong has some good moments + great Barry score.

March 8, 2008

The ape here is of course absurd, clearly a guy in a gorilla suit...

December 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

An amazing motion picture experience....Lange's as memorable as she is mesmerising

July 4, 2005

Awful in nearly every respect; stick with the original!

January 11, 2004 | Comments (3)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Fairly entertaining remake

November 21, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Filme de estréia de Lange, que rouba o filme com suas belíssimas pernas, seus decotes e sua beleza. É uma pena que o roteiro seja tão burocrático e sem imaginação.

July 25, 2003
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July 18, 2003
Movie City News

This is one biblically awful piece of cinema, yet it gets two stars because it's just so damn funny.

January 14, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

Rent the real thing.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Why, why, why did they bother?

October 24, 2002
New Times

Dino de Laurentis se atrevió a hacer lo que muy pocos tienen las agallas de intentar: realizar el remake de un clásico por antonomasia: King Kong.

May 20, 2002

easy to mock, but hard to truly dislike

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for King Kong

John Guillermin's 1976 remake of the classic King Kong story was a cinematic project of epic proportions. It's fair to say that John Guillermin's vision and enthusiastic approach was not shared by all. It wasn't popular on release and is regarded as a major flop. However, decades of subsequent film fans have sought out the film and have adopted it as a bit of a cult classic. It is a great film! Okay, so not great in the classical sense, there is a strong element of so bad it's good about it but it isn't without its credit. The modern reworking of the story is actually pretty good, already dated but an influence to a few monster movies I can think of that have come since. King Kong 1976 is a mix of great ambition, creativity on a small budget and the wonder that is the 70's disaster film. Throw in a great cast and giant charismatic monkey and you're in business. Carlo Rambaldi's special effects are still impressive today, it's worth watching just for his legendary work. The last scene of Kong climbing New York's World Trade Center has become quite poignant now, it certainly reminds the viewer of what seemed like simpler times, and from a cinephiles view, certainly happier times. I love the 70s.
July 21, 2014

Super Reviewer

Okay this is junk but it has it's moments. Certainly more entertaining than the wretched 2005 redo this cheesefest has some decent (and some terrible) special effects and talented actors, although all would probably admit this wasn't their best work. That Jessica Lange went on from this flea bitten claptrap to win two Oscars is a testament to her skill. The same goes for Jeff.
November 23, 2011
jay nixon

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Campy 70's madness that's still totally entertaining.
February 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

He climbs the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building. That makes this worthy of the 1 star.
November 5, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Camahan: [conversing with Wilson over the 2-way radio regarding the next procedure in the search for Kong and Dwan] There's gonna be somebody on that radar all night, isn't there?
    2. Fred Wilson: [in a tone of weary disgust] Any large furry BLIPS seen moving in your direction, you will KNOW...! Sweet dreams and out.
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
    1. Fred Wilson: Ah, the power of it. Ah, the superpower! Hail to the power! Hail to the power of Kong! And Petrox!
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
    1. Dwan: You know I had my horoscope done before I flew out to Hong Kong. And it said that I was going to cross over water and meet the biggest person in my life.
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
    1. Fred Wilson: [as the "Petrox Explorer" comes in sight of Skull Island] ... Did you ever wonder how Hernando Cortez felt when he discovered the Lost Treasure of the Incas?
    2. Jack Prescott: That wasn't Cortez; it was Pizarro. And he died flat broke.
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
    1. Fred Wilson: Take plenty of TNT when you go inland. Any sign of a monkey bigger than four feet, send him bang-bang.
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
    1. Jack Prescott: Kong! Kong! Kong! Kong! you heard them chant that! He exists. You saw the wall, right? Now who the hell do you think they're planning to give that girl to?
    2. Fred Wilson: It's some nutty religion. A priest gets dressed up like an ape and gets laid.
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
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