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King Kong

Released Mar 2, 1933 1h 40m Adventure Fantasy TRAILER for King Kong: Trailer 1 List King Kong: Trailer 1 King Kong: Trailer 1 1:31 View more videos
97% Tomatometer 116 Reviews 86% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) travel to the Indian Ocean to do location shoots for Denham's new jungle picture. Along the way, the actress meets and falls for rugged First Mate John Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). Upon arriving at a mysterious island, Ann is taken hostage by natives who prepare her as a sacrifice to the enormous ape Kong who rules over their jungle. But when Ann is rescued and Kong is captured, the real trouble begins. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.

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Mae Tinee Chicago Tribune King Kong is one of the most original, thrilling and mammoth novelties to emerge from a movie studio. A great show! But don't take nervous children to see it. Nov 10, 2022 Full Review Len G. Shaw Detroit Free Press Trickery? Nothing else, of course. But it is so ingenious, and on such a stupendous scale as the studios seldom if ever before yielded. It doesn't matter how the "shots" were made. You will be too busy wondering what is to happen next to Fay Wray. Nov 10, 2022 Full Review Edwin Schallert Los Angeles Times This is a great circus show. And it outdoes circuses, because it has its own menagerie. The kind that a paleontologist would rave about, and the sort that will make you believe that the screen has grown up overnight scientifically. Nov 10, 2022 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies King Kong might seem dated because of the 1930s visual effects but the pioneering effects are a primary reason why this film is a classic and still discussed today. Rated: 5/5 Sep 6, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand In the days of modern special effects, the stop-motion giant gorilla Kong may not be realistic to contemporary eyes, but he is a fully realized character in his own right, brought to life with personality and passion. Aug 19, 2023 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film At its core, this is about the fragile, complicated relationship between King Kong, a giant ape living on Skull Island, and Ann Darrow... Feb 2, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Walt S I recently watched a restored version of this film and it truly is a storytelling classic. Today’s audience may find the stop motion animation a little hokey, but this was the best technology of the day, and I would put Kong’s fight with the T Rex up against any CGI blockbuster of today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/10/24 Full Review Riley T a hood classic. what more needs to be said Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/22/24 Full Review Rich A There is a reason they call this a classic if there was no Kong there would be no Godzilla the Stop motion action is amazing even today the movie makes you feel. For those that are daring enough enjoy the adventure of a lifetime! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/16/24 Full Review Steve M By far the most near perfect adventure fantasy film put to celluloid. Ground breaking and history making, all hail the King! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/24 Full Review Richard B The Best Kong movie ever Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/24 Full Review Christian K This must of been insane to see at the time. Still holds up pretty well. Kong's big dumb goofy face offers some great unintentional comedy moments. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/19/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) travel to the Indian Ocean to do location shoots for Denham's new jungle picture. Along the way, the actress meets and falls for rugged First Mate John Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). Upon arriving at a mysterious island, Ann is taken hostage by natives who prepare her as a sacrifice to the enormous ape Kong who rules over their jungle. But when Ann is rescued and Kong is captured, the real trouble begins.
Director
Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Producer
Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Screenwriter
James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 2, 1933, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 28, 2008
Runtime
1h 40m
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