Review King Kong (1976)

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  1. Amyghost

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    "And as for Jessica Lange... My god was that woman irritating in that film! As King Kong was carrying her through the jungle back to his territory, I was actually shouting at the TV set, "For fucks sake, just eat the bitch! And I don't mean in a good way..." For me personally, the only amusing thing she did in the entire film was comment on the fact that she was one of the only women to ever be saved by DEEP THROAT (1972). I refer to the film, not the act."
    Gawd am I glad to know I'm not the only one who feels that way about La Lange. I sometimes think I'm one of the five people on the planet who has never been sold on her as an actress. Even the best thing she's done, Titus, looked pretty much as if her 'performance' had been largely stitched together in the editing room. And I've had the dubious pleasure of being totally underwhelmed by her in live performance in The Glass Menagerie.

    Your post, BTW, made me laugh so hard I nearly got caught out by my co-workers just now.
     
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    Oops...

    Sorry about that. :emoji_innocent:
     
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  3. Carol

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    Yes! But did you ever have the chance to see it on the big screen - it's terrifying! Till I went to my very first all-night science-fiction marathon and saw those TEETH as big as Stonehenge boulders I never understood why my mum told me she'd hidden under the seat and never saw the ending the first time round - so she never knew they left the island or even got to New York. OK, she was 11 at the time, and maybe my grandparents didn't know what they were taking their little girl to see that day...
     
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    Oh well, perhaps she should have auditioned for the part of the ape...?

    Just saying... :emoji_innocent:
     
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    And then we could have heard the critics raving over her pitch-perfect handling of Great Ape accent...
     
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  6. Doctor Omega

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    THE LOST KONG MOVIE

    THE LEGEND OF KING KONG (1976)

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    History

    In 1975, Dino De Laurentiis and Paramount Pictures signed a deal with RKO Pictures to produce a remake of the original 1933 King Kong with a tentative release date of 1976. When Universal Pictures learned about this, they claimed that they had a previous oral agreement with RKO to produce their own remake, which RKO denied. Universal proceeded to sue both Paramount and RKO for the rights to King Kong, while at the same time beginning production on their own King Kong remake. Universal hoped that by producing their Kong film quickly, it would pressure Paramount and De Laurentiis to give up production on their film. Universal announced the start of filming for The Legend of King Kong for January 5, 1976, with a targeted release date of that fall.

    Universal hired Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bo Goldman to write the screenplay for the film, and hired the relatively unknown but acclaimed Joseph Sargent to direct. Special effects artist Jim Danforth offered to produce the effects for the film using stop-motion animation like in the original film, but Universal worried that it would be far too expensive and planned to have Kong be portrayed by a man in a suit, like he was in King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes. They also intended to very closely follow the 1933 film, using the same characters, creatures, and general plot of the original film, even keeping it set in 1933.

    Eventually, a federal judge ruled that Paramount did in fact have the rights to produce a remake of King Kong, and that RKO had exclusive rights to the 1933 film. However, the judge also ruled that the character rights to Kong belonged to the estate of Merian C. Cooper, and they were subsequently transferred to his son Richard, who then sold them to Universal. Universal abandoned its plans for The Legend of King Kong, and Paramount went ahead and produced King Kong. After Paramount and De Laurentiis' rights to King Kong expired, Universal revived the project and prepared to release a new remake in the late 1990's, though the releases and subsequent poor receptions of Mighty Joe Young and GODZILLA in 1998 convinced them to postpone the project. Universal hired acclaimed director Peter Jackson to produce the film in the early 2000's using the Legend script. Jackson discarded and rewrote the script, then directed King Kong in 2005.

    Trivia
    • Universal hoped their quick production of The Legend of King Kong would make De Laurentiis hesitant to film King Kong, but it instead convinced him to complete casting and begin filming for the film months earlier. Stuntman Rick Baker, who designed and portrayed Kong in Paramount's film, later said he regretted not having enough time to design the King Kong suit due to the accelerated production on the film.

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    Were we robbed?

    Would the world have been better with Peter Falk as Denham and (a rumoured) Susan Blakely instead of Jessica Lange?







    And I see that the Universal version would have had dinosaurs too!

    Instead of what we got...
     
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    A separate abandoned KONG project was Peter Jackson's first attempt to remake the 1933 film in 1996....

    He got so far as writing a script, which was very different indeed from the 2005 film....

    1996 KING KONG SCRIPT: by Fran Walsh & Peter Jackson

    http://www.scifiscripts.com/scripts/kingkong.txt



     
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    A board game of the time......


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    King Kong (1976) - Kong climbs to the top of the World Trade Center



     
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