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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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Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 100 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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shipped to theaters in the U.S. under the name "Tiny Dancer". For added security, the eighth reel was shipped separately from the rest of the print. See more »

Goofs

Aboard the Venture, when Ann runs into Jack with her "good legs" she has a towel on her shoulder, which changes position until she goes to her cabin. 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 »

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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One Word: OVERKILL
8 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I am not one of those classic buffs that automatically dislikes a re-make. Hey, sometimes they are better.....sometimes. This is definitely NOT one of those cases. Of course the special effects far more advanced than something in the 1930s but, other than that, the original is far better than this one, in story and in likable and believable characters and beasts. This could have been have super - a fabulous and memorable re-make - but director Peter Jackson went the way of most filmmakers and media people of today........meaning OVERKILL a story.

Instead of King Kong fighting one dinosaur, he fights about a half dozen, sometimes while hanging on to cliffs with one hand and squeezing the heroine in the other!! Instead of being chased by one wild beast, a stampede occurs against the island visitors! Instead of causing a traffic pileup in New York city, we get dozens of car crashes at every intersection. Instead of zero profanity, we now get 20 blatant uses of the Lord's name in vain. Instead of an action-packed two hour film we get three hours.....you get the point.

As Jackson did in the final Lord Of The Rings trilogy after two super films, he screws it up by doing everything in excess. That's two films in a row for him in which the violence goes on so long and is so cartoon-like, it has no credibility and turns off most of the audience long before the movie ends.

Not only is the audience insulted and dumbed-and-numbed down with the ridiculous action scenes in here, we are supposed to believe that young-and-pretty "Anne Darrow" (Naomi Watts) quickly gets over any fear of this giant ape (which should have scared the crap out of her the entire way). In no time, she's entertaining Kong with vaudeville acts and cartwheels! And, by the end of the film, is in love with him. We sit through an interminably-long last 5-10 minutes watch "beauty and the beast" staring at each other with moist eyes before Kong gives it up.

When compared to the original - and what COULD have been produced here, this re-make is sickening. What a disappointment!


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