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King Kong Lives
Directed by                   Produced by
John Guillermin Dino De Laurentiis (executive),
Ronald Shusett (executive),
Martha Schumacher
Written by                       Music by  
Ronald Shusett,
Steven Pressfield
John Scott
Distributed by                       Rating      
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group,
Shochiku FujiJP
PG-13
  Budget                           Box Office
$18,000,000 $4,700,000
Running Time
105 minutes
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
Designs Used
None
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.


Plot

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King Kong, after being shot down from the World Trade Center, is kept alive in a coma for about 10 years at the Atlantic Institute, under the care of surgeon 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, he 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 her blood can be used for Kong's operation. The transfusion and the heart transplant are a success, but Kong escapes along with the female, who is dubbed "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 shot by the military, Kong kills the military colonel and dies slowly at a military base. After this event, Lady Kong is back in Borneo, with their happy, newborn son.

Staff

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

Cast

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)

Appearances

Monsters

Production

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.

Gallery

Main article: King Kong Lives/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: King Kong Lives (Soundtrack).

Trivia

  • The Japanese poster for this film was drawn by Noriyoshi Ohrai, who is known for illustrating posters for most of the Godzilla films since The Return of Godzilla.
  • There was a brief shot of nudity when Dr. Franklin's breasts were exposed for a split second during a scene when she wakes up, startled to see that Lady Kong disappeared.

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