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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?


28 copies of Darrow's petticoats were made. Some were clean, some dirty, while others were ripped. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Spoofed in Kinky Kong (2006) See more »


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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User Reviews

Amazing Effects
30 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw the premiere. Having never seen the original I was in for a treat. The acting was phenomenal. Jack Black played the movie producer

  • more like a caricature of movie producer. At first - comical. Towards

the end - more depth is revealed in his character as he shamelessly exploits Kong. Adrian Brody was also outstanding as the screenwriter that falls in love with Naomi Watts' character Ann Darrow. As for Watts, she showed her versatility as an actress in certainly the biggest action role she's played to date. The effects on the island were AMAZING as were the action sequences...the monsters and creatures that the director created were as terrific as they were terrible. My one nitpick: in some places plausibility of relationship between Ann Darrow and Kong was strained. In general a great flick.

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