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King Kong (2005)

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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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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?


Howard Shore had written and recorded much of the score for this film, but shortly before release, he departed from the project. Peter Jackson stated that because of "differing creative aspirations" between the two of them, they both thought it best for Shore to be replaced by James Newton Howard, who was given less than two months to write and record a new score for the entire film. See more »


(at around 2h 30 mins) During his New York rampage, Kong slams his fists full force on the roof of a trolley car - and does absolutely no damage. 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 »


Featured in King Kong Homage (2006) See more »


Aboriginal Sacrifice Dance
from the underscore of the King Kong (1933)
Written by Max Steiner
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User Reviews

Makes Jurassic Park look like Barney's playground!
15 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, I still love Jurassic Park, but the technology there is now twelve years old. Peter Jackson's KING KONG is the experience for which movies were invented. The CGI was incredible, the casting appropriate (this wasn't supposed to be an actor-driven, big-star film, after all), and the flow was satisfying. Even the somewhat slow build-up had a huge payoff once you see Kong running through the jungle with Ann in his giant hand. Is it a flawless movie? Probably not. But it Is a perfect example of why we go to movies in the first place-- to see things that we will never see in our real lives. When I walked out of the theater and was making my way through the deserted lobby, I had an odd feeling. Every poster I saw for an upcoming film kind of made me feel like all those movies were probably just going to be a waste of film next to KING KONG.

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