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King Kong 1933

King Kong 1933

A masterpiece and one of the top moneymakers of the 1930s, King Kong is distinguished for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and its musical score by Max Steiner. The film is often cited as one of the most iconic movies in the history of cinema.

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King Kong 1976

King Kong - 1976

Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin), an executive of the Petrox Oil Company, forms an expedition based on infrared imagery which reveals a previously undiscovered Indian Ocean island hidden by a permanent cloud bank.

Wilson believes the island has a huge deposit of oil. Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges), a primate paleontologist who wants to see the island for himself, stows away on the expedition's vessel.


King Kong 1976

Prescott reveals himself when he warns the crew the cloud bank may be caused by an unknown beast. Wilson orders Prescott locked up, claiming that he is really a spy from a rival oil company.

While escorted to lock-up, Prescott spots a life raft which carries the beautiful and unconscious Dwan (Jessica Lange). Wilson conducts a thorough background check on Prescott and realizes he is telling the truth.


King Kong 1976

He appoints Prescott the expedition's official photographer and requests that he be present when Dwan revives because of his medical background. Upon waking, Dwan says she is an aspiring actress who was aboard a director's yacht which suddenly exploded.

Upon arriving at the island, the team discovers a primitive tribe of natives who live within the confines of a gigantic wall, built to protect them from a mysterious god known as Kong.

The team finds that while there is a large deposit of oil, it is of such low quality that it is unusable. Later that night, the natives kidnap Dwan, drug her, and offer her as a sacrifice to Kong.


King Kong 1976

A gigantic ape grabs Dwan from the altar and departs back into the jungle. Although an awesome and terrifying sight, the soft-hearted Kong quickly becomes tamed by Dwan, whose rambling monologue calms and fascinates the monstrous beast.

After Dwan falls into mud, Kong takes Dwan back to a waterfall to wash her and dry her with great gusts of his warm breath.


King Kong 1976

In the meantime, Prescott and First Mate Carnahan (Ed Lauter) lead a rescue mission to save Dwan. The rescue party encounters Kong while crossing a log bridge, and Kong rolls the huge log, sending Carnahan and most of the rest of the sailors falling to their deaths.

Prescott and Boan are the only ones to survive. While Boan returns to the village, Prescott continues looking for Dwan. Kong takes Dwan to his lair, where she finally realizes that he is no threat to her.


King Kong 1976

A giant snake appears and attacks them, and while Kong is fighting and killing the snake, Prescott escapes with Dwan. Kong chases them back to the native village. There he falls into a pit trap and is overcome by chloroform.

When Wilson learns the oil cannot be refined, he decides to transport Kong to America as a promotional gimmick for Petrox. When they reach New York City, Kong is put on display, bound in chains with a large crown on his head.

When Kong sees a group of reporters pushing and shoving Dwan for interviews, the ape breaks free of his bonds, roaring at the crowd as panic ensues. People are trampled as Kong walks through the crowd, including Wilson, who is completely flattened by the ape's foot.


King Kong 1976

Prescott and Dwan flee across the Queensboro Bridge to Manhattan while Kong pursues them. They take refuge in an abandoned Manhattan bar.

Prescott notices a similarity between the Manhattan skyline (notably the World Trade Center Twin Towers) and the mountainous terrain of Kong's island.


King Kong 1976

He runs downstairs to call the mayor's office and tells them to let Kong climb to the top of the World Trade Center where he can be safely captured.

Kong discovers Dwan through the window of the bar and grabs her, then makes his way to the World Trade Center with Jack and the National Guard in pursuit.


King Kong 1976

In the climax, Kong climbs the South Tower of the World Trade Center. After being attacked by men with flamethrowers while standing on the roof, Kong flees by leaping across to the North Tower.

He rips pieces of equipment from the roof and throws them at the men. One of the objects, a tank filled with flammable material, explodes, killing the men.

Four military helicopters are sent in to attack Kong and he fights them, destroying two. He is then shot and hit repeatedly by gunfire while Dwan pleads for them to stop.


King Kong 1976

The fatally injured Kong falls from the roof to the World Trade Center plaza, where he dies from his injuries. Dwan rushes down to comfort him and with tears in her eyes watches him take his last breath.

An enormous crowd gathers around the ape while Dwan is bombarded by a sea of photographers. Jack fights his way through the crowd to get to Dwan but stops short as she is taken by reporters and journalists while Kong lies dead in a pool of blood and broken concrete.

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King Kong - 2005 | Story & Screenshots

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King Kong 2005

It's 1933, during the Great Depression, the story opens with a close up of an ape, but this is not our King Kong, it's a small tree monkey. Various shots of other animals are seen in a New York zoo - with no patrons visiting.


King Kong 2005

We cut to slum districts, people living in tin shacks, toughing through the hard times. Yet for those with money, they fill the streets with their cars, downtown is packed with a flurry of citizens.

Images are shown of those with jobs and those without - constructions workers building skyscrapers, long lines at a soup kitchen, a man digs out an apple from a trash bin, kids playing baseball in the street, people are evicted from their homes, criminals arrested, and people sleeping on park benches.

The show must go on . . . but in vaudeville, the performers experience their own struggle of making a living. A vaudeville actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) is seen performing at a theater that is half empty. We see various vaudeville acts mixed with images of the poor. After the show, the performers are in their dressing room.

Manny [practicing sneezes]: That's a funny one. Isn't that funnier?

A young actor notices a stage play book on Ann's counter - a play by Jack Driscoll, her favorite playwright. Ann and Manny (William Johnson) leave the theater. Manny, a fatherly figure to Ann, takes her to dinner. The next day, the performers are shocked to see that the theater is closed and they received no paycheck. Manny tells Ann he is giving up and heading back to Chicago. He tells her she should try for that part in Driscoll's play.

Later, Ann intentionally runs into Mr. Weston (David Pittu), an agent for the play. He's not thrilled to see her, apparently she has hounded him before. She tries to convince him she's perfect for the part, but he delivers the bad news the part has already been cast. First he rudely suggests that she "sell her looks" to keep from starving, in other words, prostitution. Then he offers her a role in a new place, he recommends she takes the gig and forget she was ever there.


King Kong 2005

We cut to a studio screening room. Carl Denham (Jack Black), a stuggling filmmaker, watches intensely.

Zelman: How much more is there?

Assistant: Another five reels.


King Kong 2005

With him, are a group of men who have financed his current project. After watching footage of what he's produced so far, they are not pleased.

Zelman: Lights up

Investor: This is it? This is what we get for our $40,000, Denham? Another one of your safari pictures?

Sleazy Studio Exec: You promised us romantic scenes with Bruce Baxter and Maureen McKenzie!


King Kong 2005

Carl accidently lets slip that his leading stars are going to steam up the screen once they get them on the "ship." The backers are now furious he has chartered a ship since Carl was suppose to be filming on the back lot.


King Kong 2005

Carl goes into a sales pitch how his project is much bigger than just a movie, he has come across a map of an unchartered island. This is where he plans to shoot his picture.

Sleazy Studio Exec: Will there be boobies?

Denham: Boobies? What are you, an idiot? Do you think they asked Cecil B. DeMille if he wasted his time on nudie shots? No! They respected the filmmaker! They showed some class! Not that you would know what that means, you cheap lowlife!

The backers have heard enough, knowing this will cost them more money. They ask Carl to step out a moment. Outside the room, his young assistant, Preston (Colin Hanks), is sitting there waiting.


King Kong 2005

Carl takes a drinking glass, placing it on the wall, and uses it to listen in on the backers conversation. The backers decide that they should cut their losses and sell what animal footage Carl has filmed to Universal Pictures. When they call Carl back in, he has disappeared. Carl and Preston race to a taxi. Carl plans to go ahead with his film project despite Preston's protests of not being prepared and no money. The backers soon catch up with them, but Carl and Preston manage to escape.

Denham: Don't worry, Preston. I've had a lot of practice at this. I'm real good at crapping the crappers.

Preston informs Carl their lead actress has pulled out. Preston admits he told the actress they were not shooting in Singapore.

Denham: God damn it, Preston, all you had to do was look her in the eye and lie!

Denham is now faced with coming up with a replacement. Denham asks about a number of actresses, but Preston shuts him down for various reasons. They need an actress that can fit into their current leading lady's costume.

Denham: Fay's a size four.

Preston: Yes, she is, but she's doing a picture with RKO.

Denham: Cooper, huh? I might've known.

Preston implores they should delay production, but Carl ignores his warnings and exits the Taxi. He tells Preston to get the Driscoll screenplay and heads off to find an actress.

Denham: Defeat is always momentary!

Denham wanders through the streets, stopping at a burlesque. He sees nothing but photos of sleazy looking women. Other women wearing heavy make-up enter the theater, definitely not what he had in mind. He starts to enter the theater until he notices Ann. This two bit burlesque theater is the "new place" Mr. Weston has booked for Ann.


King Kong 2005

She just stands there, torn between pride and hunger. Ann crumples the card from Mr. Weston and walks away. She comes to a fruit stand, hesitantly, she steals an apple. The owner catches her, but Carl comes to her aid, producing a nickel that she "dropped" so she can pay the vendor. Moments later, she is enjoying a full meal courtesy of Carl. He doesn't waste any time asking her about her dress size. Ann takes this as a sleazy proposal and gets up to leave.


King Kong 2005

Denham: Miss Darrow, please, I'm not that type of person at all.

Darrow: What type of person are you?

Denham: I'm someone you can trust, Ann. I'm a movie producer.

Denham calms her down and convinces her to sit and listen to his proposal. Carl explains he is about to leave on a ship to finish his movie in Singapore, and he has been looking for an actress to replace the leading lady who has dropped out. He shares the story of what his film will be based on. To Carl's surprise, Ann finishes the story for him, concluding with a sad ending.

Darrow: Good things never last, Mr. Denham.

Denham pressures her that he is on a tight schedule, but Ann is hesitant about accepting the offer.

Denham: Ann, I'm telling you - you're perfect. Look at you. You're the saddest girl I've ever met. You're gonna make them weep, Ann. You're gonna break their hearts.

Darrow: See, that's where you're wrong, Mr. Denham. I make people laugh, that's what I do. Good luck with your picture.

Denham: Ann? Miss Darrow, please! I'm offering you money. Adventure, fame, the thrill of a lifetime, and a long sea voyage. You want to read a script? Jack Driscoll's turning in a draft as we speak.

Darrow: Jack Driscoll?

Denham: Sure, why? Wait. You know him?

Darrow: No, not personally. I've seen his plays.

Denham: What a writer, huh? And let me tell you, Ann. Jack Driscoll does not want just anyone starring in this picture. He said to me, "Carl, somewhere out there is a woman born to play this role." And as soon as I saw you, I knew.

Darrow: Knew what?

Denham: It was always going to be you.

They arrive at the dock, when Ann gets out of the taxi, she sees a massive cruise liner.

Darrow: Is this the moving picture ship?

Denham: Not exactly. It's actually this one over here.


King Kong 2005

Denham snaps her attention to the ship they're to take - a rusty old tramp streamer. Preston informs Denham that the studio called the cops. Captain Englehorn (Thomas Kretschmann) insists they have to wait for the manifest - paperwork.

Denham: I'll give you another thousand if we leave right now.

Englehorn: You haven't given me the first thousand yet.

Denham [scoffs]: Can we talk about this later? Can't you see we are in the company of a VIP guest?


King Kong 2005

Englehorn: Ma'am.

Darrow: Ann Darrow.

Englehorn: So, you are ready for this voyage, Miss Darrow?

Darrow: Sure.

Englehorn: Nervous?

Darrow: Nervous? No. Why? should I be?

Englehorn: It isn't every woman who would take such a risk.

On Denham's cue, Preston offers to take Ann to her cabin.

Denham: $2,000. It's a deal. Will you take a check?

Englehorn: Do I have a choice?

Ann hesitates to step on the boarding ramp, then she takes her first step to the amazing journey before her.



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