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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.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 101 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Company Credits

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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

WILHELM SCREAM: (At around one hour and twenty-four minutes) During the brontosaurus stampede, as a sailor is knocked off a cliff. See more »

Goofs

When Carl falls at the beginning of the brontosaurs chase we see that he is only just in front of the brontosaurs so when he fell he should have been crushed straight away but he isn't. Jack then runs to help him and we see that the brontosaurs only need another step or 2 (which would take 1 or 2 seconds) before they reach Carl and Jack. Carl gets up and argues with Jack for 5 seconds or so by which time they should have been crushed. They then run and there is a far off shot showing the brontosaurs back where they were at the start again. 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 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 Family Guy: Petergeist (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Aboriginal Sacrifice Dance
from the underscore of the King Kong (1933)
Written by Max Steiner
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Worst movie I almost saw - I actually walked out of the first hour.
19 January 2006 | by darke_ltdSee all my reviews

I watch 3 movies every week, 2 on DVD, 1 at the theatre. Over the years I've seen a lot of bad movies. Very bad movies. But Peter Jackson's King Kong was the first one I ever walked out of. I couldn't take any more after the first hour. As a matter of fact, I thought the first 20 minutes were pretty bad, but I kept saying "it'll get better, it'll move along." I waited and waited and waited, finally after an hour they got to the island, and it was still garbage. That was enough. Came home, threw in some laundry and wrote a letter to Peter Jackson's Production Company, enclosing my theatre ticket, demanding a refund.

Why did Jackson destroy this film? The first 45 minutes or so is a comedy! Then there's the cops chasing Denham, the ship smashing into the rocks, every single crewman aboard the ship has his own little story, the natives are freaks... what the hell? Despite his professed love of the 1933 original, Jackson obviously thought the story was so lacking that he had to change everything. And keep in mind, I only saw the first hour! I've heard from other people the part on the island is way too long, with a lot of different things that also weren't in the original. If the original has endured for over 70 years, what could have been so terrible that it had to be changed?

Now, for all you folks who disagree or think I'm foolish, ask yourself this question: If you didn't know the story of King Kong, having seen the 1933 or even 1976 version, or heard about either from a friend, after sitting in the theatre for over an hour, could you tell me what the film was about?

I rest my case.


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