King Kong Lives 1986 Movie: Cast, Story, and Reviews
“King Kong Lives” is a 1986 action adventure film that serves as a sequel to the original 1976 “King Kong” movie. The movie was directed by John Guillermin, and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. In this article, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about “King Kong Lives” – from the story and cast to the reviews.
“King Kong Lives” takes place ten years after the events of the first movie, and tells the story of how Kong is brought back to life after his fall from the World Trade Center. The movie was not as successful as its predecessor, but it still has a dedicated fan base.
2. The Plot
The plot of “King Kong Lives” centers around the idea that Kong did not die from his fall from the World Trade Center, but was instead placed in a coma. A team of doctors, led by Dr. Amy Franklin (played by Linda Hamilton), discover that Kong has a giant-sized heart, but that he needs a heart transplant to survive. They discover a female giant ape in the jungles of Borneo and bring her back to the United States to be Kong’s heart donor. The two apes eventually fall in love and have a baby, but their happiness is short-lived as the military attempts to capture them.
3. The Cast
“King Kong Lives” features a talented cast of actors, including:
- Brian Kerwin as Hank Mitchell
- Linda Hamilton as Dr. Amy Franklin
- John Ashton as Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
- Peter Michael Goetz as Dr. Andrew Ingersoll
- Frank Maraden as Dr. Benson Hughes
“King Kong Lives” was produced on a budget of $18 million, and was shot on location in several countries, including the United States and Italy. The movie features a combination of animatronic effects and stop-motion animation to bring Kong and the other giant apes to life. The soundtrack was composed by John Scott.
“King Kong Lives” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release. Many praised the special effects and the performances of the actors, but criticized the plot and the pacing of the movie. Despite this, the movie has gained a cult following over the years, with some fans considering it to be a guilty pleasure.