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King Kong (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  14 December 2005 (USA)
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In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to 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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The eighth wonder of the world.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Jackson's King Kong  »

Box Office


$207,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,944,740 (UK) (16 December 2005)


$218,051,260 (USA) (31 March 2006)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the time, this was the most expensive film ever made. Universal were placated at the excessive bill when Peter Jackson showed them an advance screening. See more »


Skull Island is apparently near Singapore but the ship only takes a few days to get there. However the voyage should really have lasted several weeks as Singapore is thousands of miles from New York. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #41.10 (2009) See more »


Bye Bye Blackbird
Written by Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Lived up to and beyond my expectations
15 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I walked into this movie with high expectations. O knew from the trailers that it was going to be amazing. I was wrong--- it was absolutely astounding.

I can't believe that CG in this movie, you can't usually make out the difference from the real and the virtual.

It is a great story, Jackson and his crew obviously put a lot of time into the story. I didn't even realize the movie was 3 hours long- I didn't look at my watch once.

All of the actors are great in this movie, a very good cast. It is definitely worth paying the money to see it on the big screen. It is the best movie I have ever seen.

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