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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star.

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Storyline

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 it's 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. Written by Film_Fan

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The strangest story ever conceived by man. See more »


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Release Date:

7 April 1933 (USA)  »

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King Ape  »

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$670,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

238,000 feet of film were shot although the finished film utilized less than 10,000. See more »

Goofs

Fifteen men chase Kong through the forest. At the end of the pursuit, only Driscoll and Denham are leftover. Nevertheless, when Denham speaks to the audience, he tells them "twelve of our party met horrible deaths". Thus, one man disappears. The explanation: A deleted sequence between the encounters with the brontosaurus in the swampy lake and Kong at the fallen-tree bridge across the ravine. In it, the survivors of the first incident meet three triceratops, and undoubtedly the other "horrible death" occurred here. Armstrong-as-Denham's line, having been shot in early 1932, could not be altered to allow for the cut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles Weston: Say, is this the moving picture ship?
Watchman: The Venture? Yeah. Are you going on this crazy voyage?
Charles Weston: What's crazy about it?
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Connections

Referenced in Hi-de-Hi!: Eruptions (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by W.C. Handy
Whistled by Robert Armstrong
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1 December 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie was awesome. After recently watching it for the first time since I was five years old I was amazed. The production and editing were brilliant, and the effects left me stunned. The small attention to detail throughout the movie complete this 1933 masterpiece.

8.5 out of 10


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