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Before John Hughes claimed the mantle of Hollywood's antichrist, that title was firmly held by producer Dino De Laurentiis, whose middle name may have been "hubris." He vowed that this remake of the 1933 horror classic would be a bigger hit than Jaws and that his Kong would be more sympathetic than the shark. But for all the money he spent on trying to make this monkey look real, the biggest special effect was making Jeff Bridges look like a monkey--and nearly destroying Jessica Lange's acting career before it started. The film was noteworthy mostly for how cheesy the ape looks, though this was one of the first films to be shot at the then-new World Trade Center. Even Charles Grodin, as the villainous promoter, can't get laughs in this idiotic film. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jeff BridgesJack Prescott
Charles GrodinFred Wilson
Jessica LangeDwan
John RandolphCapt. Ross
Rene AuberjonoisRoy Bagley
Jack O'HalloranJoe Perko
Dennis FimpleSunfish
Ed LauterCarnahan

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: John Guillermin
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 134
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 17, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 12, 2002
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