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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.


Peter Jackson


Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1,218 ( 96)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 102 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Did You Know?


Jack Black has claimed that he did not wear any makeup at all in the entire movie, after hearing a false rumor that Clint Eastwood never wears any makeup in his movies. He also wore a wig during filming, rather than going through make-up to achieve the "'30s hairdo" look. See more »


Despite being thrown, falling, being dragged and various other things, Ann's hair and face are almost always clean. Even when there does appear to be some dirt, in the next shot they are clean again. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Smagsdommerne: Episode #2.17 (2005) See more »


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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User Reviews

Enjoyable but....
22 December 2005 | by smsemdenSee all my reviews

The 1933 King Kong was one of the greatest movies ever made and I had hoped the Peter Jackson remake would be faithful to the original. The special effects were outstanding and after reading complaints on how long the movie was I thought it went by at a good pace.

There were some scenes that should have been left out or modified such as the brontosaurus stampede, where if real, everyone would be killed and King Kong playing on ice as he was being chased.

As for the actors, Naomi Watts was great, Jack Black was OK but whoever cast Adrian Brody as a screenwriter ??? Jack Driscoll should be banned from movie-making. Jack Driscoll in the original was first mate and not a wimp. The actor who played the captain should have had the part of Driscoll. The following is not meant to be a racist comment but Blacks in 1933 working on ships were stewards not first mates.

Marien C. Cooper created a very tight and exciting movie that was better written and directed than this movie. Unfortunately Peter Jackson changed the premise of the movie where Ann Darrow was terrified of King Kong as she would be ,to an Ann Darrow who looked to be in love with King Kong ( thankfully there were no sex scenes ).

It is a shame that modern directors want wimpy male roles. Where are the Robert Mitchem, Lee Marvin, Steve Mc Queen John Wayne and Burt Lancaster types of real men? Well, we do have Harrison Ford, Denzell Washington, Russell Crow and Mel Gibson.

For the amount of work that went into this movie, it was entertaining, but it should have been so much better.

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Release Date:

14 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Jackson's King Kong See more »


Box Office


$207,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,130,145, 18 December 2005

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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