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(2005)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

(at around 14 mins) Denham asks Ann if she wears a size 4. Commercial standards for clothing sizes were formally accepted in 1957, and they started at size 8.
(at around 1h 15 mins) At the end of the sequence where Kong carries Ann through the forest, there is a very brief scene where you can see that Ann is wearing pantyhose (not invented until 1959, twenty six years after this movie took place). In all other scenes on the island she is barefoot.
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The on screen camera and sound recording gear depicted in the film bear no resemblance to the mass of equipment; mixers, recorders, lead-acid batteries, heavy cables, generators, and tens of thousand of feet of film (ten minutes worth weights 5 pounds) required for a location sound production (even a documentary) in the period the film is supposedly set. Sound cameras were never hand-cranked but instead, electrically driven from the same generator that connected to the sound recorder in order for them to stay in sync. And the sound recorder, then called a sound camera employed a photographic rather than magnetic recording process, which didn't come in to common use until after WWII.
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(at around 2h 25 mins) Peggy Lee did not begin her recording career until the early 1940s. Her recording of "Bye Bye Blackbird," used in a nightclub scene, dates from 1955, more than twenty years after the time of the film.
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(at around 2h 45 mins) When Driscoll enters the elevator at the Empire State Building during the film's climax, he reaches over to select a floor, revealing that the elevator features self-service. Elevator operators were still employed in the Empire State Building during the early 1930s.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) After Denham drops his camera and the film falls out, it is clearly a modern tripack color negative and not a 1930's vintage black and white negative. You can tell because of the orange/brown color of the material.
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(at around 11 mins) Before leaving port, Denham tells his asst. to pack "Red Label 80 per cent proof" into a crate labeled "lemonade". At present, Johnnie Walker Red Label scotch sold in the US is 80 proof (meaning 40% alcohol). However, until the late 1980's and early 1990's, almost all blended scotch sold in the US, including Red Label, was reduced from 86 and 86.8 proof (or 43% and 43.4% alcohol) to 80 proof (or 40% alcohol). Though numerous single malts are still 86 proof, from 1909 into the 1980's, Red Label, which is a blended scotch, would have been at least 86 proof. Denham's mistake of saying "per cent proof" is a natural mistake that the character may have made, and may even have been intended by the writers, but referring to Red Label as 80 proof back in the 1930's is a definite goof.
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(at around 2h 30 mins) The Yellow Cab Jack Driscoll takes to lure Kong away has license plates dated 1932. The film is set in 1933, so the cab would have been operating without a valid, legal registration.
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(at around 2h 40 mins) Floodlighting of the upper floors and tower of the Empire State Building began with the 1964 World's Fair. No such lighting existed in the night sky of the 1930's.
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Character error 

(at around 2h 20 mins) In New York, Carl Denham states that 17 crew members died on Skull Island. The actual death count is 27.
(at around 1h 35 mins) Before Kong picks up Hayes he fires a shot from his pistol, then you see him cocking his weapon back again while he is in Kong's hands. He was shooting a semi-automatic pistol so there was no need to cock the gun again.
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Continuity 

When Kong is carrying Ann during the fight with the dinosaurs, Ann's legs are facing one direction and her torso (including her head) is facing the opposite direction.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Ann slides down a muddy slope, her back is covered with very dark mud. When she gets up, her back is clean.
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Ann's clothing changes throughout the period on the island when Kong has her; a narrow camisole-strap, a wide flat white shoulder-strap, or the untorn collar/shoulder fabric of her dress are randomly present on her shoulder at various times, and the condition of her clothing changes in how tattered and/or removed it is between shots.
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(at around 12 mins) When Carl Denham steps out of the Taxi to find a girl for his film, it is perfectly bright outside. When he walks to the theater and sees Ann, it is now very dark.
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When T-Rex is chasing Ann he drops the half of carcass out of his mouth when it tries to eat her. Then in the next cut he has it back in its mouth.
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(at around 24 mins) When Driscoll steps in the camel manure below decks, the following shot just after he wipes off his shoe shows a clean floor with no piles or patches of manure.
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(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.
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When T-Rex is chasing Ann through the woods she slips and slides down a muddy hill getting mud all over her back, arms and legs. When she gets up she has very little mud anywhere on her body. Then when she makes it out of the woods she is totally clean but her whole outfit is a shade darker.
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(at around 2h 30 mins) When Kong is chasing Jack Driscoll, you see a shot of an alleyway with a woman in white walking across the alleyway. The camera cuts to the opposite end of the alley, and the woman has disappeared.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Ann disarms Kong, she jumps onto the floor with her head up. When she jumps back up again, dirt is on her forehead. A few seconds later, her forehead is clean.
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(at around 1h 24 mins) During the brontosaur jostling scene in the canyon, Bruce Baxter's character is threatened by a velociraptor standing just above his head. Seen from above, Baxter's reaction is to turn to his right, yet on the next shot we see him turning to his left.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) After the scene with the Brachiosaurus, Bruce Baxter has a conversation with the main character, Jack Driscoll. During the conversation, the rope on Baxter's shoulder disappears.
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(at around 23 mins) As the ship is leaving its dock in New York the captain orders "dead slow ahead both". This indicates that the ship had two engines and two screws; however, every shot showing the stern of the ship has a propeller wash coming only from the center of the ship, showing that it has just a single screw.
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Ann's hair is soaked upon her capture by the natives, but within minutes afterwards it is completely dry when she is being carried away by Kong.
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(at around 1h 43 mins) The T-Rex is chasing Ann Darrow with a medium-sized monster, possibly a raptor, in its mouth. The T-Rex tosses the raptor to the side and in the next frame or two, the raptor is again in its mouth.
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(at around 1h 17 mins) After forbidding Jimmy to join the search party for Ann, Hayes discovers Jimmy with the party by pulling off Jimmy's hood with his right hand. But, on the next shot, Jimmy's hood is pulled off by Hayes' left hand.
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Errors in geography 

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.
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Factual errors 

(at around 2h 50 mins) When Jack Driscoll goes up in the Empire State Building elevator, he watches an old-fashioned dial-and-arrow indicator as it sweeps upward through the floor numbers, from "1" to "101". However, the building's structure does not allow for direct elevators from street level to the very top. The metallic tower topping the limestone façade above the 86th floor observation deck is served by only one small elevator shaft and one narrow staircase - that's all that will fit. A change of elevator is necessary on or about the 86th floor for anyone going to the very top. Also, the top floor is officially "102", not "101".
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During the entire scene on top of the Empire State building, the sun is at least ten times bigger than normal.
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Soldiers are wearing the M1912 uniform with the high choker collar. This was replaced in 1926 with an open collar coat.
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Miscellaneous 

The Venture crashing into several rocks especially on the port and starboard sides would have been severe enough for the ship to sink rather than stay afloat.
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Kong should really have broken the frozen pond in Central Park due to his huge size instead of sliding on it.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 18 mins) In one scene, it is shown that there is a name of the town of 'Surabaya' (Indonesia) under the name of S.S. Venture. Some people have noted that it was still written as "Soerabaja" in 1933, but in fact the spelling "Surabaya" was already accepted in English at that time. (source: The Times of India New Standard Encyclopedia and World Atlas, 1936)

Plot holes 

While discussing bringing Kong back to America in the ship's hold for fame and profit, not one person even mentions or considers bringing back a living dinosaur.
Apparently Carl Denham had a warrant for his arrest but Englehorn doesn't get a message about this until the ship is near Skull Island.
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Given the presence of snow and people wearing heavy coats in the streets of New York City, it is very unlikely that Ann would have survived climbing to the top of the Empire State Building while wearing a sleeveless white dress. She would have died of hypothermia within the first few minutes.
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After Kong is captured Englehorn seems to have forgotten that there was still a warrant for Carl Denham's arrest as Denham is seen back in New York rather than be imprisoned in Ragoon.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 11 mins) When Ann "meets" Kong for the first time she is bound securely with some very large pieces of rope around her wrists. Kong hoists her up her waist, snapping the ropes very easily. Given the size of the rope this would more than likely rip her arms completely off (or cause her serious injury). (Unless the natives were really bad at knot tying.)
(at around 1 min) At the very beginning of the film, during Al Jolson's song, the camera looks down on a bridge with lots of cars passing it. On the right side of screen, an animated plume of smoke from a chimney is frozen - on the left side animation is working correctly.
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Undoubtedly to save costs in computer animation, nearly all the cars in the New York City street scenes are Model 'A' Fords.
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(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.
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(at around 24 mins) When leaving New York, a 360 degrees shot is taken of the boat by night. However, the shape of the plume of smoke coming from the chimney does not change with the camera's point of view.
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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.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

At the end the soldiers are using M1 Garand Rifles. These rifles were not adopted by the military till 1936. The M 1903 rifle would be the one they would be using.
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Continuity 

(at around 2h 45 mins) When Kong is on top of the Empire State building, and is shot by one of the bi-planes, you can clearly see two bullet holes and blood coming from his chest. The wound immediately disappears.
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(at around 2h 55 mins) When Kong falls off the Empire State Building at the end, the ladder on the side of the Empire State Building's dome is in front of Ann, below Kong's chin. But when Kong falls off we cut to a rotating shot from above as Kong falls down, and the ladder is gone. Then Jack climbs up the ladder behind Ann.
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