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King Kong

King Kong
Star Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Broody
Director: John Guillermin
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In the 1933 classic about the giant ape, an oil company expedition disturbs the peace of Kong and brings him back to New York to exploit him. Even though a woman somewhat tames Kong, he finally breaks loose and terrorizes the city, and as the military attempt to stop him, he falls to his death from the top of the World Trade Center.

 

Carlo Rambaldi was to design a life-sized mechanical gorilla for filming. While the massive and expensive model was being constructed, makeup artist Rick Baker built a much cheaper gorilla costume to wear in some scenes. Sources differ as to what happened to Rambaldi's model.

Barbra Streisand was considered for the part of Dwan.

When Jessica Lange's character Dwan first appears in the film she is in a rubber dinghy floating towards the Petrox explorer. She was later told by her make-up assistant that a shark had been seen near her dinghy when she was in it.

Universal had originally planned to make a more faithful remake of the original film to be entitled "The Legend of King Kong", which was going to be a period piece set in the 1930s. However, they backed out when this modern remake was announced.

Hammer had also intended to remake the movie a few years earlier, but it was scrapped after a few test reels were shot. However, some of the Hammer footage was used in a Volkswagen commercial.

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