King Kong

Released 1933


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Merian C. Cooper
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King Kong is a 1933 fantasy adventure film co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack and written by Ruth Rose and James Ashmore Creelman. Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) is a director who recruits aspiring actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) to star in a movie he plans to film on a remote island in the Indian Ocean. They set sail about the S.S. Venture, captained by Englehorn (Frank Reicher), where Ann falls in love with First Mate Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). The party arrives safely on the island, but are attacked by the natives. They capture Ann and prepare to sacrifice her to a large gorilla named Kong. Denham sets out to rescue Ann, accompanied by Driscoll, encountering dinosaurs living in the island's jungle, and they are able to subdue Kong. Seeking to share his terrifying discovery with the world, Denham brings Kong back to New York City aboard the ship.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But King Kong is more than a technical achievement. It is also a curiously touching fable in which the beast is seen, not as a monster of destruction, but as a creature that in its...

  • 100

    Empire Kim Newman

    None of the humans ? not even scream queen Wray ? can compete with Kong. But the film remains a perfect star vehicle. It prepares for its hero's entrance with hints of mystery, vio...

  • 88

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Despite its various deficiencies and occasionally antiquated style, King Kong remains not only a milestone of movie-making, but a magical experience.

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Creatures & Monsters, Classics, Stop-Motion & Clay-Animation