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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 Bridges) is a counter-culture paleontologist, stowing away on Wilson's ship, who warns that they are headed for "Skull Island," where prehistoric monsters still live and roam free. Also along for the ride is Dwan ([[Performer~P40447~Jessica Lange~jessicalange]], in her film debut), a down-on-her-luck starlet, shipwrecked in the ocean after the sinking of a yacht. She really becomes down-on-her-luck when the group lands on the island and a giant ape, Kong, takes a shine to her. Kong kidnaps her and Dwan takes umbrage when the ape tries to remove her clothes by shouting, "You male chauvinist ape!" But Prescott comes to her aid and rescues her from the gorilla's big mits. Wilson, seeing money to be made on Kong, locks him in the cargo hold of his ship and transports him to New York City. Once there, Kong manages to escape and wreak havoc upon the beleaguered town, before being compelled to climb up the World Trade Center for sanctuary. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 17, 1976


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Solomon Best Sound 1976 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Aaron Rochin Best Sound 1976 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Guillermin Best Director 1976 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carlo Rambaldi Special Achievement 1976 Winner


Jeff Bridges
as Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin
as Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange
as Dwan
John Randolph
as Capt. Ross
René Auberjonois
as Bagley
Julius Harris
as Boan
Jack O'Halloran
as Perko
Dennis Fimple
as Sunfish
Ed Lauter
as Camahan
John Agar
as City Official
Keny Long
as Ape Masked Man in Dance
George Whiteman
as Army Helicopter Pilot
Sid Conrad
as Petrox Chairman
John Lone
as Chinese Cook
Joe Piscopo
Corbin Bernsen
as Reporter
Rick Baker
as King Kong
Garry Walberg
as Army General
Wayne Heffley
as Air Force Colonel


John Guillermin
Christian Ferry
Dino de Laurentiis
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Dale Hennesy
Production Designer
Robert Gundlach
Art Director
Christian Ferry
Executive Producer
Fern Weber
Costume Designer
Moss Mabry
Costume Designer
Anthea Sylbert
Costume Designer
Dan Wallin
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Solomon
Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Rochin
Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Baker
Special Effects
Joe Day
Special Effects
Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects
David McGiffert
First Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann
First Assistant Director
Carlo Rambaldi
Don Chandler
Eddie Surkin
Jesse Wayne
Terry Carr
Production Manager
Edgar Wallace
From Idea By
Ruth Rose
From Screenplay by
Del Acevedo
William Kronick
Second Unit Director
John Barry
Merian C. Cooper
From Idea By