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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?


Peter Jackson:  [children]  Jackson's children William Jackson and Katie Jackson appear during the first two minutes of the film. See more »


(at around 1h 8 mins) When Ann is being sacrificed to Kong she is on a greased platform that her bare feet are slipping on as she is struggling. When Jack arrives to rescue her he runs to the end of the same platform. When he reaches the end of the platform he has no trouble stopping. 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 HBO First Look: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) See more »


I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Written by Ray Henderson, Joe Young, Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

totally awesome!
15 December 2005 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I just arrived from the theater and still in shock with the new "King Kong" from Peter Jackson. It's a masterpiece. A jawbreaker. It's totally awesome! Never in my life I saw a blockbuster with so many layers of action, romance, adventure, love for the movie making and many others interpretations of a same theme. Jackson have a great sense as a director and never takes the easy way. The three hours passes by like a minute. Some of the scenes, specially in the third act, become instant classics of the movie history and will still forever in my mind. If I were Spielberg never do anything in this genre again. The moving pictures, the cinema as we know it, was just invented to Peter Jackson gave us this film. Ten!

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