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King Kong (1933)

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  • Trailer for the original, classic film

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Cast

  • Fay Wray
  • Robert Armstrong
  • Bruce Cabot
  • Frank Reicher
  • Sam Hardy
  • Noble Johnson
  • Steve Clemente
  • James Flavin
  • King Kong
  • Walter Ackerman

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Jean Harlow refused the lead part.
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Goofs

  • In close-ups of his face, King Kong has more teeth than he does when his whole body is shown.
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Quotes

    • [warning Jack about women]
    • Carl Denham: Some big, hardboiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang, he cracks up and goes sappy!
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Metacritic

100

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

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

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
100

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.

Metacritic review by Kim Newman
Kim Newman
Empire