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King Kong Lives (1986)

Brian Kerwin , Linda Hamilton , John Guillermin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, George Antoni, John Ashton
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Writers: Edgar Wallace, Merian C. Cooper, Ronald Shusett, Steven Pressfield
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Lucio Trentini, Martha De Laurentiis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B15WY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Kong Lives" on IMDb

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King Kong Lives (1986) DVD Brian Kerwin ,Linda Hamilton, John Guillermin

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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two men in ape suits 'feel like making love...' December 8, 2004
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I like watching all kinds of films, the good, the bad, and the ugly, with the belief that some redemptive value, a nugget of joy if you will, can be found, but sometimes I have to look very hard (the musical score was passable, albeit repetitive). I will say that I've seen King Kong Lives (1986) a while ago, so I knew the cinematic pain trip I was preparing to embark on prior to plugging this DVD into my player, but that didn't mean the experience was any less hurty...

Directed by John Guillermin (not surprisingly his last film, especially after his previous disastrous outings including the 1976 King Kong remake and 1984's flopfest Sheena), the film stars Linda Hamilton (2 years after her role in Cameron's sci-fi thriller The Terminator...after this film, her star quality plummeted, forcing her to work in television for the next four years). Although she was obviously the star in this film, she didn't even get top billing as the credits rolled...that went to the two male actors in the monkey suits. Also appearing are Brian Kerwin (Murphy's Romance), whose career seems to have yet fully recover from his role in this sequel to a film that should have never been made. and John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop I & II).

As the film begins, we're treated to a recap of the final scenes of the '76 Kong film, where a man in the giant ape suit plummets to his death from atop the World Trade Towers, after being riddled with bullets...but wait! After this rehash is concluded, fast forward ten years and we learn that Kong didn't perish, but was secured away at some institute in Georgia resting comfortably in a comatose state...oh bruther...
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tried to enjoy it, but..... May 13, 2005
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I saw this film the day it opened in 1986, and I still haven't recovered.
It is just so dissapointing and innexcusable how bad this movie is.
That said, let me move on and state that it has grown on me in recent years. But only after over a decade of staying away from it. I enjoyed SON OF KONG, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, KING KONG ESCAPES
and the 1976 remake (especially the "lost" four hour TV version) and I felt that, despite shortcomings, they were true to the spirit of the original.
This is the exception. KING KONG LIVES is a direct sequel to the 76
version and starts with a replay of Kong's battle atop, and eventual fall from, the World Trade Center in New York. In hind sight this is really
a hiderence to the film, as I believe it would play better (especially today) without the baggage of the last movie attached to it. A tactic that worked with KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES.
But, because of Kong's Injuries, we are forced to sit through a laughably silly giant artificial heart transplant, which plays like something out of a Bert I. Gordon movie. And then faced with the unbelievability of Kong's
absurdly fast recovery from a 10 year coma. There are a few memerable sequences that are impressive. Such as Kong's heroic rescues of his
mate, the pumelling of some seedy hunters and a climactic battle in which Kong throws some attacking tanks and jeeps around. But, the scene in which Kong hides out in a swamp and eats dime-store rubber
alligators will have you roaring. Also silly is a scene where Kong eludes his militant pursuers by jumping from a seemingly thousand foot rock cliff into a deep river and dissapears under water. This movie takes place in Louisiana!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How this film was pitched October 8, 2005
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True story: this guy goes into Dino's office to pitch a few ideas for films. Dino seems completely unimpressed by them. As a last ditch effort for a sale he proposes a sequel to King Kong.

"But the monkey died at the end of the film. How can you make a sequel?" Dino asks.

"They give Kong an artificial heart!"

Dino's eyes light up and he makes a deal for the screenwriter to write it. The screenwriter goes home happy that he made a sale and clueless what to do for a story. And it shows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This film should be put out of its misery! July 12, 2000
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Once one has scraped the bottom of the proverbial barrell, if he or she were to lift up that barrell and dig for about 2 hour they would find this film. Fair to bad spfx highlight this lame tale of King Kong falling in love with a lady gorilla and being pursued by the military, scientists, etc., etc., ad infinitum. Do I really need to go on? This film is really bad, populated with goofy characters and enough cliches to sink a large aircraft carrier. Hopeless in the extreme, more witless than a clump of dirt, KKL is absolutely lethal!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kong is alive and finds a girlfriend. January 23, 2006
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This film is a direct sequel to the 1976 version of King Kong and you are treated to a quick 2 minutes of the condensed ending of that film starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.

It is now 10 years later. In Atlanta, they have the body of King Kong whoose heart was restored. With the help of Amy (Linda Hamilton) they have tried to fully revive Kong with a 7 million dollar artificial heart at the Institute. However, Kong's blood is weak. He needs a transfusion.

Meanwhile, Hank Mitchell (Brian Kerwin) is in the Amazon and just so happens to discover a Lady Kong that they quickly capture.

A miracle for King Kong at last. They bring Lady Kong to Atlanta and King Kong goes berserk. Only one mile apart he can smell her.

The Chinese are going to love this one!

Shown in Widescreen.

New Movie: Peter Jackson's KING KONG (2005). King Kong [Blu-ray].
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Published 11 days ago by gary
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Published 24 days ago by Jerry Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just as expected
Published 27 days ago by nancy dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great show, love it and fast service.
Published 1 month ago by Charles
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute horror in every way!
When I first went to see the 1976 remake of the 1933 original I was sickened over what I saw as I am a fanatical fan of the original. I figured it couldn't get much worse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RJM Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars king kong lives.
I have waited yrs to find this movie. I loved it when I was a kid and still do. Now I have my 12 yr old son, Who loves it also. Had to watch it, when I got it today. Thank you
Published 4 months ago by liz
4.0 out of 5 stars king kong rocks!
i watched king kong lives (1986) and...i kind of loved it. I'd been meaning to see it since it was released, and it only took me 28 years to get around to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bugman
4.0 out of 5 stars King Kong Collection
I thougth if I was collecting Godzilla Moives, I say what the heck might is well add this to my collection. And, I do think I have all of the King Kong Movies.
Published 12 months ago by urithestripe
5.0 out of 5 stars I am sorry, but I have never gotten this movie.
But if you ever get a chance to get it, you will not be sorry. It is worth the money, and it picks up where the last ione ended. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Linda Ayla
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not so good to be this King.
I watched this one the other night and all I can say is, wow, what kind of monkey business is this?! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rock~N~Rolla
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