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King Kong

  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • 1933
  • Merian C Cooper
  • 104 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic fantasy adventure starring Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray. Adventurer and film-maker Carl Denham leads an expedition to a remote tropical island after hearing rumours of a legendary creature known as Kong.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Arguably the monster movie of all time, this abiding take on Beauty and the Beast has a mythic power that belies its years. At its heart is the amazing ape (and dinosaur) animation of Willis O'Brien, his cutting-edge model work the CGI of its day, but it's the tragic story that stays etched on the memory. Robert Armstrong's Hollywood film-maker imperils starlet Fay Wray on a prehistoric island in his bid to turn a local legend into a hit on celluloid. Taking the giant gorilla Kong back to civilisation for entrepreneurial gain is bad for all concerned, not least the captive creature who ends up on top of the Empire State Building in one of cinema's greatest climaxes. This thrilling adventure with a good heart offers an early eco-message.

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Credits

Cast

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Ann DarrowFay Wray
Carl DenhamRobert Armstrong
John DriscollBruce Cabot
Capt EnglehornFrank Reicher
Charles WestonSam Hardy
Native chiefNoble Johnson
Second mateJames Flavin
Witch kingSteve Clemento
LumpyVictor Wong (1)
Flight commanderMerian C Cooper
Chief observerErnest B Schoedsack

Crew

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DirectorMerian C Cooper
DirectorErnest B Schoedsack

Details

Released on
1933-06-23
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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