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King Kong Lives
King Kong Lives
Actors: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, George Yiasoumi, John Ashton
Directors: Charles McCracken, John Guillermin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror
PG-13     2004     1hr 45min


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Actors: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, George Yiasoumi, John Ashton
Directors: Charles McCracken, John Guillermin
Creators: Dino De Laurentiis, Lucio Trentini, Edgar Wallace, Merian C. Cooper, Ronald Shusett, Steven Pressfield
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/07/2004
Original Release Date: 12/19/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 12/19/1986
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

1986 wasn't a nice year for Kong
Eric S. Kim | Southern California | 05/05/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Unlike the three main Kong films that have been released (1933, 1976, 2005), in which I have mixed feelings for, King Kong Lives is the one that I despise the most. Not only is this one of the worst films I have ever seen, but it's also one of the most tedious films I have ever seen. If you think Kong, you think of a giant ape who develops a crush on a young woman and climbs the Empire State Building. The producers of KKL must have thought that was too ridiculous, so they decided to focus on a resurrected Kong and his new mate, which turns out to be another 50-foot tall ape of the opposite sex. This sort of story simply doesn't work, because it sounds like it comes straight out of a nature documentary. There's no energy in the story, and a majority of the characters have little or no personality. As a matter of fact, everything about this movie is BEYOND dull. The acting, the dialogue, the cheap special effects, even the music is lacking true excitement. And let's not go into detail about the special effects: they're so cheap that they're laughable. It's like the makers of KKL tried real hard to show us that the sets and the gorilla suits were of the poorest quality. It's so obvious that Kong and his mate are actually human size, and they never try to hide the fact that they are. How much money was spent for this, anyway?

King Kong Lives is one of the worst (and one of the most tedious) movies I have ever seen. It's irredeemable in many ways, and it doesn't do Kong justice. I can recommend the cheesy '76 remake, but I can't recommend this one.

Grade: F"
A Comedy of Tragedy
Victor Belagosi | Park City | 03/25/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Serious Comedy:-)

Keep that in mind before sitting down to enjoy, one of the most unbelievable movies of all time. Suspends all belief, while at the same time tickling your funny bone. The transplant surgery is cinematic gold. You'll never see anything like it again ... thank God.

And then, we get Monkey Love! Kong and Lady get down and dirty, resulting in baby Kong. Bloody death scene for Kong at the end by way of tanks, making it the most heavy scene of the film.

Other than that, there's nothing more to report. Basically, if Kong farted this movie would be the result . . . popcorn anyone:-)"
King Kong Lives!.........
blackaciddevil | in the USA somewhere..... | 03/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"King Kong Lives! is the 1986 sequel to the 1976 movie of King Kong. The film was directed by John Guillerman and starred Linda Hamilton & Brian Kerwin. After being shot down from the World Trade Center, Kong is kept alive in a coma at the Atlantic Institute for about 10 years by a doctor named Amy Franklin. In order to save Kong's life, Franklin must perform a heart transplant and give Kong an artificial heart. However, he loses so much blood that a transfusion is badly needed. Enter Hank Mitchell & Lady Kong. Mitchell brings her to the Institute to provide her blood for the transfusion. The transfusion and the heart transplant are a success. Yet, Kong & his newfound mate escapes. An insane army colonel is called in with his men to hunt down and kill the two apes. Only Lady Kong is caught & Kong presumably falls to his death. He soon returns to try and rescue his mate yet Kong's heart begins to give out. That's pretty much the premise of the movie. While it was generally perceived as a failure at the box office & even touted as being a 'boring' movie, King Kong Lives!-in my opinion- isn't that bad a movie. Sure, it has its' moments but this sequel reminded of alot of old Japanese Kaiju Eiga movies(giant monster flicks). Considering the budget it was made with, it's understandable that this movie wasn't as great as the 1976 blockbuster. While it may not be the type of Kong movie we're used to watching, it's definitely worth it to have as part of your Kong collection if you can find it at the low price I found it at."