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Queen Kong
Queen Kong.jpg
German theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Agrama
Screenplay byFrank Agrama
Ron Dobrin
Fabio Piccioni
Story byFabio Piccioni
Robin Dobria
StarringRobin Askwith
Rula Lenska
Valerie Leon
Linda Hayden
CinematographyIan Wilson
Edited byDavid Campling
Music byPepper
Production
companies
Cine-Art München
Dexter Film London
Distributed byConstantin Film (Germany)
Release date
10 December 1976 (Germany)
Running time
84 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
West Germany
LanguageEnglish
Budget$632,000[1]

Queen Kong is a 1976 British-German adventure comedy film parodying King Kong. The film was never released theatrically in the United Kingdom, due to legal action by Dino De Laurentiis, producer of the 1976 King Kong remake and RKO, the copyright holder of King Kong at the time.[1] It got a limited release in Italy and Germany. The film has since resurfaced on DVD.

The film has a cult following in Japan. In 1998, a troupe of Japanese comedians produced their own Japanese dialogue for the film, in a similar spirit to Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily?; this version with the new Japanese dialogue was released on DVD in 2001. The film was novelized by James Moffat and published by Everest Books in 1977.[2]

It was shot at Shepperton Studios and on location around London and Newhaven. In addition, miniature sets were created utilising the scale model of London at the now long-defunct Bournemouth theme park Tucktonia.

Plot

This film switches the traditional roles of females and males and reverses all the genders of the original cast of King Kong, the main character Ray Fay plays the damsel in distress which tends to usually be played by women. He is kidnapped by film director Luce Habit to star in her new African jungle movie, he then finds himself the amorous attraction of a giant female gorilla that pursues him across London.

Main cast

References

  1. ^ a b "Scan of December 1st 1976 article".
  2. ^ "Queen Kong (Novelization)".