Mighty Joe Young
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This King Kong update (from the creators of the movie classic) is a tongue-in-cheek comedy/thriller wherein a big ape named Mighty Joe Young and his caretaker (Terry Moore) are removed from Africa to be transplanted into a Hollywood nightclub. After a couple of drinks, the gorilla goes on a rampage. Willis O'Brien (with Ray Harryhausen) reprises his special-effects role from the original, and won an Oscar for it. The film is also available in a colorized version.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More of a historic novelty than an action film."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Tame, but well done giant ape flick."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Though in the shadows of Kong it still brings back fond memories of how to make a special effect film back in the old days."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Great Willis O'Brien effects, a good story and fine cast. A wonderful fantasy, not as good as King Kong, but still fun to watch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Great escapist fun: a West Coast 'King Kong'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An entertaining "friendlier" version of King Kong."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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