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King Kong (2005)

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A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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825 ( 267)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 104 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Ann Darrow
Jack Black ... Carl Denham
Adrien Brody ... Jack Driscoll
Thomas Kretschmann ... Captain Englehorn
Colin Hanks ... Preston
Andy Serkis ... Kong / Lumpy
Evan Parke ... Hayes
Jamie Bell ... Jimmy
Lobo Chan ... Choy
John Sumner ... Herb
Craig Hall ... Mike
Kyle Chandler ... Bruce Baxter
William Johnson William Johnson ... Manny
Mark Hadlow ... Harry
Geraldine Brophy ... Maude
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Alex Norton was offered a role, but had to pass because the dates clashed with a television project. See more »

Goofs

At 46 minutes into the film, when the "Venture", having changed course for Rangoon, goes into a heavy fog bank, the crew is shown as fearful, sensing something wrong. The camera focuses on individual crew members, one by one. When the camera shows Jamie Bell (as "Jimmy" the stowaway), he is sitting on a landing, feet braced against a railing, reading his stolen copy of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". The shot clearly shows the sole of his boot against the railing as having a deeply lugged Vibram® rubber sole. This type of rubber sole was not invented and patented until 1937, and was designed for mountain climbers, so even had Vibram-soled boots been around in 1933, it is highly unlikely that a deckhand like the character Jimmy would have been able to acquire or afford a pair. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

On November 14, 2006, an extended edition DVD was released with 13 minutes of additional scenes edited back into the film. Denham's party is attacked both by a Ceratops immediately upon entering the jungle to rescue Ann and by a giant fish while on rafts on a river, after which they kill a giant bird while firing blindly into the jungle (the longest addition by far). Baxter's rescue of the party is extended and finishes with Jimmy's farewell to Hayes. Kong's pursuit of the party on Skull Island and his pursuit of Driscoll in NYC are slightly extended, and there are two brief additional encounters between Kong and the military in NYC. A complete breakdown is at http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=3550. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006) 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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User Reviews

Makes Jurassic Park look like Barney's playground!
15 December 2005 | by pastormarkSee 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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Country:

New Zealand | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Jackson's King Kong See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$207,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,130,145, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:

$218,080,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,363,449
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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