King Kong (1976)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

This Dino De Laurentis production is a straightforward re-telling of the original 1933 version of King Kong with modern special effects, and naturalistic performances by the actors. Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges) is a paleontologist who stows away on oil developer Fred Wilson's (Charles Grodin) exploration cruise to legendary Skull Island. When an extraordinary giant-sized ape is discovered on the island, Prescott is given the job of capturing him and arranging for his public display and … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 1999
Paramount Pictures


as Jack Prescott

as Fred Wilson

as Capt. Ross

as Joe Perko

as Carnahan

as Timmons

as City Official

as Ape Masked Man in Da...

as Air Force Colonel

as Chinese Cook

as Army General

as Petrox Chairman

as Reporter

as King Kong

as Shea Stadium Spectat...

as Army Helicopter Pilo...
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for King Kong

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for King Kong

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Bad script and acting ruin a classic story.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
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...

Full Review… | December 7, 2005
Flick Filosopher

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

July 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for King Kong


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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Campy 70's madness that's still totally entertaining.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

King Kong Quotes

– Submitted by Francis L (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Francis L (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Francis L (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Francis L (3 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss King Kong on our Movie forum!