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King Kong Lives
KingKong1986
General Information
Directed by

John Guillermin

Produced by

Dino De Laurentiis (executive)
Ronald Shusett (executive),
Martha Schumacher

Written by

Ronald Shusett,
Steven Pressfield

Production Information
Distributed by

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)

Chronology
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King Kong (1976 film)

Next

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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 and a sequel to the 1976 remake of King Kong. It was released to American theaters on December 19, 1986.


PlotEdit

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Ever since King Kong has be shot down from the World Trade Center, he was kept alive in a coma for about 10 years at the Atlantic Institute, under the care of a surgeon, called Dr. Amy Franklin (Linda Hamilton). In order to save Kong's life, Dr. Franklin must perform a heart transplant and give Kong a computer-monitored artificial heart. However, Kong has lost so much blood that a transfusion is badly needed.

Enter adventurer Hank Mitchell (Brian Kerwin), who captures a giant female gorilla in Borneo (Mitchell theorizes that Borneo and the island from the first movie were once part of the same landmass), bringing her to the Institute so that way her blood can be used for Kong's operation. The transfusion and the heart transplant were a success, but Kong escapes along with the female, who is referred to as "Lady Kong." Archie Nevitt (John Ashton), an insane army colonel, is called in with his men to hunt down and kill the two apes.

Lady Kong is captured alive by Nevitt's troops and imprisoned; Kong falls from a cliff and is presumed dead, but soon returns to try and rescue his mate. But as Franklin and Mitchell soon discover, Kong's artificial heart is beginning to give out. Kong then is successful in saving his mate. After being followed, attacked, and is shot by the military, Kong kills the military colonel and he dies slowly at a military base. After this event, Lady Kong is back in Borneo, with their happy, newborn child called son.

StaffEdit

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

CastEdit

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)

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ProductionEdit

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.

TriviaEdit

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