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King Kong Lives Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Pandering über-producer Dino De Laurentiis followed his unnecessary 1976 remake of Dino De Laurentiis with this even more pointless sequel ten years later. Though the colossal ape Kong took a half-gainer off the World Trade Center for Jessica Lange at the previous film's climax, we are told at the sequel's outset that Kong survived and is being kept alive through artificial means by a secret scientific team (headed by Linda Hamilton in her pre-action-heroine days) dedicated to designing a synthetic replacement heart. When the hilariously huge device is deemed ready for implant, the scientists seek out the only known donor for the requisite blood transfusion: a female Kong, recently captured in Borneo by adventurer Brian Kerwin. Kong's luck turns out to be twofold: not only is the implant a success, the big lug now has a potential mate who's more his type. After Kong rescues his fellow captive, the amorous behemoths eventually thunder off to the mountains to make a great big baby. Director John Guillermin (who helmed the previous film) plays the unbelievably silly premise absolutely straight, including a hilarious heart-transplant scene featuring surgical tools the size of freeway signs, leading viewers to believe that the joke's on them for sitting through this inane exercise. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1986

Cast

Peter Elliott
as King Kong
Brian Kerwin
as Hank Mitchell
Linda Hamilton
as Amy Franklin
John Ashton
as Col. Nevitt
Peter Michael Goetz
as Dr. Ingersoll
Frank Maraden
as Dr. Benson Hughes
Bernard Addison
as Captain
Jeff Benninghofen
as 1rst Radioman
Robin Cahall
as Mazlansky
Marc Clement
as Crew Chief
Bonnie Cook
as Tech
Lou Criscuolo
as Faculty Doctor
Rod Davis
as TV Reporter
David de Vries
as Tech
Duke Ernsberger
as Cell Guard
Buck Ford
as Guard Sergeant
Michael Forest
as Vance
Margaret Freeman
as Native Woman
Jim Grimshaw
as Sergeant
Elizabeth Hayes
as Reporter
Winston Hemingway
as Staff Sergeant
J. Michael Hunter
as Technician
Gary Kaikaka
as Boat Skipper
Don Law
as Security Chief
Jack Maloney
as 1rst Wrangler
Debbie McLeod
as Reporter
Wallace Merck
as Hunter
Hope Nunnery
as Lady in Phone Booth
Tom Parkhill
as Radioman
Derek Pearson
as Youth
Mac Pirkle
as Surgeon
Ted Prichard
as Reporter
Leon Rippy
as Hunter
Shannon Rowell
as Female in Crowd
Alan Sader
as Faculty Doctor
Larry Souder
as Faculty Dr.
Herschel Sparber
as Hunter
Larry Sprinkle
as Journalist
Mike Starr
as Cell Guard
Dandy Stevenson
as Mom
Mary Swafford
as Girl Friend
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Maj. Peete
Dean Whitworth
as Hunter
Jimmy Wiggins
as Boy Friend
Bernard Addison
as Captain
Bonnie Cook
as Tech
Ted Prichard
as Reporter
Gary Kaikaka
as Boat Skipper
Debbie McLeod
as Reporter
Don Law
as Security Chief
Robin Cahall
as Mazlansky
Tom Parkhill
as Radioman
Larry Sprinkle
as Journalist
J. Michael Hunter
as Technician
Winston Hemingway
as Staff Sergeant
Larry Souder
as Faculty Dr.
Buck Ford
as Guard Sergeant
Duke Ernsberger
as Cell Guard
Shannon Rowell
as Female in Crowd
Jack Maloney
as 1rst Wrangler
Mike Starr
as Cell Guard
Lou Criscuolo
as Faculty Doctor
Dean Whitworth
as Hunter
Dandy Stevenson
as Mom
Mac Pirkle
as Surgeon
David de Vries
as Tech
Mary Swafford
as Girl Friend
Elizabeth Hayes
as Reporter
Jim Grimshaw
as Sergeant
Jeff Benninghofen
as 1rst Radioman
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Maj. Peete
Herschel Sparber
as Hunter
Wallace Merck
as Hunter
Marc Clement
as Crew Chief
Margaret Freeman
as Native Woman
Michael Forest
as Vance
Alan Sader
as Faculty Doctor
Leon Rippy
as Hunter
Derek Pearson
as Youth
Hope Nunnery
as Lady in Phone Booth
Rod Davis
as TV Reporter

Crew

John Guillermin
Director
Martha Schumacher
Producer
Dino de Laurentiis
Producer
Ronald Shusett
Producer
Ronald Shusett
Screenwriter
Steven Pressfield
Screenwriter
Alec Mills
Cinematographer
Malcolm Cooke
Editor
Peter Murton
Production Designer
Tony Reading
Art Director
Hugh Scaife
Set Designer
Clifford Capone
Costume Designer
Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects
Giannetto De Rossi
Makeup
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