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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 & 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

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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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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

Several pieces of dialogue in the movie are taken from the original 1933 King Kong (1933): * When Ann Darrow and Bruce Baxter are filming a movie scene on the deck of the S.S. Venture (with Carl Denham operating the camera), their "movie dialogue" (about "women on ships") is taken verbatim from an on-deck conversation between Ann Darrow and Jack Driscoll in the original film. *In a deleted scene, while filming Ann on the island, Denham instructs her, "Scream Ann! Scream for your life!" *Denham's "We're millionaires, boys" speech, after the capture of Kong. *Denham's "He was a king in the world he knew" speech, just before Kong is revealed in the Broadway theater. *And of course, the final line, "It was beauty killed the beast." See more »

Goofs

(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. 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 »

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 Bryan's Journals (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
Written by Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Lack Of Embellishment Disappoints
6 September 2008 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

You'd need a heart of stone not to be touched by Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS , it is amongst the great masterworks of cinema and is a trilogy I love . However for some reason I failed to catch this at the cinema possibly down to my body needing frequent infusions of nicotine and caffeine , something that makes a three hour movie an ordeal at the best of times . I noticed this version made the IMDb top 250 movies but then slipped out again after a couple of weeks . I also remember at the time the number of well regarded film critics giving KING KONG something of a lukewarm response . Unlike LORD OF THE RINGS this movie became quickly forgotten by the public so much so that it wasn't until tonight when it was broadcast on network TV that I remembered it had existed in the first place !

If i'd spent £7 and three hours without nicotine and caffeine I'd have certainly given this remake of KING KONG a six . It's by no means a terrible film but does often feel like just another Hollywood blockbuster , not something you can say about LOTR . There's two problems with the movie

One: There's an overabundance of visual effects . LOTR had this too but there was also lots of location filming in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness not to mention hundreds of extras dressed up as orcs and humans . Here however you are aware that much of Skull Island appears to be created on a Hollywood stage rather than location filming .Crucify me if you want but the scene with the dinosaur stampede had me stifling a loud yawn while looking at my watch .

Two: The narrative follows the same structure as the original though it seems painfully drawn out . The unforgivable thing about this is when the remake goes its own way such as the scene at the bottom of the ravine where the landing party are attacked by giant insects the film becomes tense , frightening and reminds the audience why they pay money to watch movies at the cinema . Why didn't Jackson do a re imagining of a classic movie instead of a remake ?

As said it's not a bad movie and is a infinitely better than the remake from 1976 but the irritating thing is Jackson shows us the brilliance he is capable of but never follows through . Perhaps he has too much reverence for the original ? What isn't in doubt is the director's god given talent and it's disappointing to watch a movie by him which is merely only very good in short parts


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