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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

Vicky Haughton had to spend nearly six hours in make-up each morning for her role as the witch doctor, and received less than two minutes of total screentime in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Throughout her time on Skull Island, Ann does not sustain any notable injuries despite being manhandled by Kong and running through a jungle in nothing more than a nightgown and her bare feet. See more »

Quotes

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

The end credits are set against an art deco backdrop rather than the traditional black screen. The backdrop is an exact replica, in Technicolor, of the same backdrop that was used for the opening credits in the 1933 version of "King Kong". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sivaji (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Fanfares Nos. 1, 2 and 3, The Sailors, The Aeroplane, Elevated Sequence, Jungle Dance, The Escape
from the underscore of the King Kong (1933)
Written by Max Steiner
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Worst movie I almost saw - I actually walked out of the first hour.
19 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I watch 3 movies every week, 2 on DVD, 1 at the theatre. Over the years I've seen a lot of bad movies. Very bad movies. But Peter Jackson's King Kong was the first one I ever walked out of. I couldn't take any more after the first hour. As a matter of fact, I thought the first 20 minutes were pretty bad, but I kept saying "it'll get better, it'll move along." I waited and waited and waited, finally after an hour they got to the island, and it was still garbage. That was enough. Came home, threw in some laundry and wrote a letter to Peter Jackson's Production Company, enclosing my theatre ticket, demanding a refund.

Why did Jackson destroy this film? The first 45 minutes or so is a comedy! Then there's the cops chasing Denham, the ship smashing into the rocks, every single crewman aboard the ship has his own little story, the natives are freaks... what the hell? Despite his professed love of the 1933 original, Jackson obviously thought the story was so lacking that he had to change everything. And keep in mind, I only saw the first hour! I've heard from other people the part on the island is way too long, with a lot of different things that also weren't in the original. If the original has endured for over 70 years, what could have been so terrible that it had to be changed?

Now, for all you folks who disagree or think I'm foolish, ask yourself this question: If you didn't know the story of King Kong, having seen the 1933 or even 1976 version, or heard about either from a friend, after sitting in the theatre for over an hour, could you tell me what the film was about?

I rest my case.


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