King Kong
King Kong (1976)

Famed producer Dino De Laurentiis tries to steal the thunder from Jaws, then the top-grossing film of all-time, in this big budget remake of King Kong. (De Laurentiis related his tactics to Tom Snyder: "When Jaws dies, nobody cries.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 1976
DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: King Kong represents a significant visual upgrade over the original, but falls short of its classic predecessor in virtually every other respect.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The special effects are marvelous, the good-humored script is comic-bookish without being excessively campy, and there are two excellent performances

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David Pirie
Time Out

The results of this technological bonanza are pretty mixed.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

If this is what bleeding-edge, Oscar-worthy effects work looked like in 1976, it's no wonder that Star Wars made such a gargantuan splash in 1977.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's madness to try to remake a myth, but even so, John Guillermin's jokey, low-camp film seems awfully inadequate.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

What sort, exactly, is this movie?

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

However much we laughed, I resented the film's tendency to nudge and wink at us.

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Variety Staff

Faithful in substantial degree not only to the letter but also the spirit of the 1933 classic for RKO, this $22 million-plus version neatly balances superb special effects with solid dramatic credibility.

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James Berardinelli

Common wisdom contends that Dino De Laurentiis' big-budget remake of Merian C. Cooper's classic 1933 film, King Kong, is a bad movie. And, viewed from a certain perspective, perhaps it is, but it's also a lot of fun.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

The then unknown Jessica Lange plays the Fay Wray role with a valiant attempt at empathy, while Charles Grodin brings comic glee to the exploitative oilman. It's colourful, noisy and fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
A very dull remake of the 1933 classic of the same name. While the original movie may not have been perfect either, it at least had a nostalgic and lively… More
James Alvarez
He climbs the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building. That makes this worthy of the 1 star.
jay nixon
Okay this is junk but it has it's moments. Certainly more entertaining than the wretched 2005 redo this cheesefest has some decent (and some terrible)… More
KJ Proulx
This was a piece of sh**! I would say more, but I can't!
Ken Stachnik
Campy 70's madness that's still totally entertaining.
Conner Rainwater
I have no idea what they were thinking when they attempted to remake a classic with a sub par bit of film making. The effects look even worse than the original,… More