King Kong

Release Date: March 7th, 1933

DVD Release Date: November 22nd, 2005

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, James Flavin, Steve Clemente

Director: Merian C. Cooper , Ernest B. Schoedsack

Genres: Fantasy , Adventure

Production Co: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

Keywords: Rescue, Gripping, Suspenseful, New York City, 1930s, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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 own way wants to do the right thing. show more

  • 100
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    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, violence, eroticism and fantasy, then cuts loose with all the action, adventure. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

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

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