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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

At the very end of the closing credits, the movie is dedicated to "The original explorers of Skull Island..." followed by the names of the actors and actresses who played major roles in the 1933 original. See more »

Goofs

When the Skull Island natives are holding Ann's arms as the old native taunts her, their grip on Ann's arms and sleeves differ between front and back shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Soup: Episode #12.48 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Written by Ray Henderson, Joe Young, Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Lord of the Mood Swings
7 February 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

No problem agreeing with Universal's description that, "Peter Jackson brings his sweeping cinematic vision to 'King Kong'. Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures, and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival."

And, yes, this was hailed by many contemporary critics as a masterpiece.

People read "Heart of Darkness" willingly in the 1930s. Neat. Obviously, the visual effects are monstrous - but, they are also contextually exhausting. Sometimes, it seems like effects for effects sake only; for example, the dinosaur stomping was so long and rough, everyone should have been killed. Showing obvious love for the original material, Mr. Jackson embellishes the story to include almost everything fathomable from the more subtle, and superior "King Kong" (1933). There is one important change, however…

In the Kong canon, the "relationship" between " Beauty" and "The Beast" wavered between one-sided, flirtatious, and/or fantastically romantic. But, when you got right down to it, you couldn't say Fay Wray (as Ann Darrow) was anything more than a platonic animal lover. Herein, Jackson turns Kong and Ms. Watts (spectacularly sexy, as the new Ann Darrow) into filmdom's first inter-species couple. Their attraction is a two-sided passion play. This is obvious when she juggles for him and falls asleep in his palm.

Their love song?

"Bye, Bye Blackbird"

***** King Kong (12/5/05) Peter Jackson ~ Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis


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