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King Kong (1933)

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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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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 in 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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Release Date:

7 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Ape  »

Box Office


$670,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The T-Rex's hissing was achieved by combining a puma scream and high-compression air. The brontosaurus sounds were created by grunting into a double-chambered gourd. See more »


When Kong takes Ann to the edge of the cliff on Skull Island, the animation stand is visible for one frame, accidentally left in the shot for a single frame by the technical artists. NOTE: In the Bluray version of the release, this error has been digitally removed. See more »


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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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