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King Kong (2005)

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

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Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is its grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. But Carl has another plan in mind. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG-13 for frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis later worked with Peter Jackson on The Adventures of Tintin (2011). See more »

Goofs

(at around 2h 40 mins) Floodlighting of the upper floors and tower of the Empire State Building began with the 1964 World's Fair. No such lighting existed in the night sky of the 1930's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Manny: [practicing sneezes] That's a funny one. Isn't that funnier?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits: "This film is dedicated with love and respect to the original adventurers of Skull Island: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Willis H. O'Brien, Max Steiner, Robert Armstrong and ... the incomparable Fay Wray. They continue to inspire all those who follow in their footsteps." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 6 February 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Aboriginal Sacrifice Dance
from the underscore of the King Kong (1933)
Written by Max Steiner
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Beautiful
31 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I wrote this opening day, and now would like to include it here at IMDb..

King Kong: a remake, action, drama, thriller, comedy, epic 3 hour film. Only Peter Jackson could hold an audience's attention for 3 whole hours. The communication between Kong and Ann is very cool and funny. Naomi Watts is great in this, but the real star is KING KONG!! His realistic movement and expression is amazing. The effects are great! Best I've seen... ever. You can surely tell that Peter Jackson was the director just by the way he films and shows the landscape. He gives us an amazing visual experience that only he could accomplish.

I saw the advanced screening of this and it wore me out. The first part has Jack Black's character Carl Denham, Naomi Watts as Ann Darow and Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll. They are all hurried by Carl to Skull Island on a ship. They eventually arrive at Skull Island in a storm. Literally. They crash into some rocks in arrival and there are wave effects which blew my mind.

The make up of the islanders is hideous but very neat and gets the audiences' attention. Ann is taken captive by the natives in a very dark and exciting way but not so much memorable since it is outdone by the next 2 hours. She is lowered to the ground in a way that will amaze you. Kong shows up and is attracted to Ann. This relationship between human and creature has never been done on such a level.The part where Kong fights the crew on the large log is classic. The capture of King Kong is incredibly better than I expected and my expectations are always high in movies. There are some emotional moments for Ann here as she is in love with both guys who saved her life.

Rampaging around New York lifting cars, buses, and women who look like Naomi Watts but never finding her, pure movie magic. This is the kind of film that comes only once every few years. The finale scene atop the Empire State building is just grand.

Overall, King Kong is for sure the best movie this year. Each action scene out does the one prior. The characters are emotionally convincing. The ending is sad even though it has been done time and time again. The action has never been done on this level. The Lord of the Rings is just as great a movie, but isn't at all like King Kong. They are entirely different. Compared to the 1933 version, King Kong is faithful in plot. Many of the lines stay the same also. King Kong will be adored by audiences there will be applause. Best Movie!! Must See!! I laughed, cried, stunned.........

Also can't wait for the extended version. Maybe there will be a few parts included that were in the 1933 original.


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