PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
There were no gorillas in any zoo in New Zealand, for the production team to study; the nearest is in Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Michael Apted came to the rescue by letting them study over twenty hours of research footage he had shot while prepping Gorillas in the Mist (1988).
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While telling Carl about the shipwreck sailor the crew of the venture picked up on an earlier cruise, Lumpy keeps whittling on a piece of scrimshaw. He continues to do so when Carl is about to leave the galley. In the next shot, when Carl turns back to give a reply, Lumpy's arms are suddenly lowered at his side.
At the end of the closing credits: "This film is dedicated with love and respect to the original adventurers of Skull Island: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Willis H. O'Brien, Max Steiner, Robert Armstrong and ... the incomparable Fay Wray. They continue to inspire all those who follow in their footsteps."
On November 14, 2006, an extended edition DVD was released, with 13 minutes of additional scenes edited back into the film. Denham's party is attacked by a Ceratops immediately upon entering the jungle to rescue Ann, and by a giant fish while on rafts on a river, after which they kill a giant bird while firing blindly into the jungle (the longest addition by far). Baxter's rescue of the party is extended, and finishes with Jimmy's farewell to Hayes. Kong's pursuit of the party on Skull Island and his pursuit of Driscoll in NYC are slightly extended, and there are two brief additional encounters between Kong and the military in NYC. A complete breakdown is at http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=3550.
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