|King Kong Lives|
|Title:||King Kong Lives|
|Directed by:||John Guillermin|
|Written by:||Steven Pressfield; Ronald Shusett|
|Produced by:||Dino De Laurentiis; Ronald Shusett; Martha Schumacher|
|Music by:||John Scott|
|Edited by:||Malcolm Cooke|
|Distributed by:||De Laurentiis Entertainment Group|
|Released:||December 19th, 1986|
|Running time:||105 min.|
|Previous:||King Kong (1976)|
King Kong Lives is an American science fiction film of the giant monster/animal subgenre. It is the sequel to the 1976 remake of King Kong directed by John Guillermin, who also directed King Kong Lives. It was produced by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and released theatrically in the United States on December 19th, 1986. Despite it's rather sizeable budget, King Kong Lives fared poorly at the box office, grossing only $4,711,220 in the United States (less than half of it's estimated cost). The film has been panned by both critics and viewers for it's poorly constructed plot as well as it's special effects. As it's title suggests, the infamous giant gorilla, Kong, survives his near-fatal plummet from the World Trade Center in the previous film, but remains in a coma for the following decade where he is cared for under the supervision of Doctor Amy Franklin of the Atlantic Institute. After ten years of work, Franklin succeeds in reviving Kong by way of a heart transplant, and gives the over-sized ape an artificial heart, which is monitored by a series of computers. With a new lease on life, Kong finds true love in the form of a female giant ape and the two escape from the facility only to earn themselves the attention of the U.S. Armed Forces.
|Peter Elliot||King Kong|
|George Yiasomi||Lady Kong|
|Brian Kerwin||Hank Mitchell|
|Linda Hamilton||Amy Franklin|
|John Ashton||Lieutenant Colonel R.T. Nevitt|
|Peter Michael Goetz||Doctor Andrew Ingersoll|
|Frank Maraden||Doctor Benson Hughes|
|Alan Sader||Faculty doctor #1|
|Lou Criscuolo||Faculty doctor #2|
|Marc Clement||Crew chief|
|Natt Christian||Surgeon #1|
|Mac Pirkle||Surgeon #2|
|Rod Davis||TV reporter|
|David DeVries||Technician #1|
|Bonnie Cook||Technician #2|
|J. Michael Hunter||Technician #3|
|Don Law||Security chief|
|Jack Maloney||Wrangler #1|
|Jimmie Ray Weeks||Major Peete|
|Jeff Benninghofen||Radioman #1|
|Bernard Addison||Captain #1|
|Michael McLendon||Captain #2|
|Dandy Stevenson||Mom #1|
|Lydia Smith||Mom #2|
|Hope Nunnery||Lady in phone booth|
|Margaret Freeman||Native woman|
|Winston Hemingway||Staff sergeant|
|Buck Ford||Guard sergeant|
|Gary Kaikaka||Boat skipper|
|Duke Ernsberger||Cell guard #1|
|Mike Starr||Cell guard #2|
|Shannon Rowell||Female in crowd|
|Benjamin Kechley||Baby Kong|
|Michael Bard Bayer||Surgeon|
|Eddy Schumacher||Jeep soldier|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Based on concepts originally developed by Merian C. Cooper.
- Alternatively known as King Kong 2. It was released under this title in the home video market in France, Italy, Spain and Brazil.
- The tagline for this film is, "America's biggest hero is back... and he's not happy."
- Production on King Kong Lives began on February 8th, 1986. Principal photography concluded on May 26th, 1986. The movie was shot at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tennessee as well as Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The laboratory scenes were filmed at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina.
- King Kong Lives grossed $1,172,942 over it's opening weekend in the United States.
- Actress Linda Hamilton is also known for playing the role of Vicki, one of two central protagonists in the 1984 cult horror film Children of the Corn.
- Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange appear in archive footage from the first King Kong.
- Actors Michael Bard Bayer, Scott King and Eddy Schumacher are uncredited for their participation in this film.
The year in film Edit
Other films that were released in 1986 include: