King Kong is a 1976 remake of the original 1933 version. The film is about an oil company executive who forms an expedition team traveling to a remote island in the Indian Ocean. Believing there is oil on the island, they set out to find it. Unbeknownst to them, primate paleontologist, Jack, stows away on board in an attempt to warn the crew against traveling to the island, because of a "great beast" previous doomed explorers have reported. Along the way, they discover a life raft carrying a beautiful woman named Dwan. They discover she was onboard another yacht which caught fire and exploded. She is brought onboard, as the crew continues with the expedition.
On the island, they find the sought after oil. However, it is unusable due to its low quality. Discovered, the crew is confronted by a tribe of natives that have constructed a gigantic wall. They discover the wall is there to protect them from a huge gorilla named Kong, which the natives both fear and worship. The natives, wanting the crew to leave Dwan on the island, try to take her. The crew refuses, and hastily departs. That evening, the natives kidnap her from the ship and return to the island to prepare her as a living sacrifice for the huge beast. Kong appears during the ceremony and takes Dwan into the jungle.
The crew launches a rescue mission back to the island attempting the safe return of Dwan. While in captivity, a relationship develops between Dwan and the ape, as the two develop a mutual trust and understanding for each other. Through a series of challenges, Jack is successful in returning Dwan back to safety with Kong in pursuit. As Kong forces his way through the wall, he stumbles into a pit of chloroform. The toxic fumes overcome the beast. With Kong captured, the crew transports him to New York to use for exhibition.
In New York, things go awry when Kong breaks free of restraints during the debut show and goes on a rampage. Terrorizing the city, Kong searches for Dwan through the streets of New York. Once found, he takes her to the top of the Empire State Building. Repeatedly shot by military airplanes, Kong is near death as Dwan pleads for them to stop, but to no avail. Fatally injured, Kong falls from the building and dies from his injuries.
A crowd gathers around Kong's body. Traumatized, reporters and photographers pursue Dwan at the scene, as Kong lies dead in a pool of blood. Her heart is broken as she struggles to come to terms with Kong's death.
The 1976 film stars Jessica Lang, Charles Grodin, and Jeff Bridges.