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Brief Synopsis

It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow has found herself--like so many other New Yorkers during the Great Depression--without the means to earn a living. Unwilling to compromise and allow herself to sink into a career in burlesque, she considers her limited options while aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan. When her hunger drives her to unsuccessfully try to steal an apple from a fruit vendor''s stall, she is rescued--literally--by filmmaker and multiple hyphenate Carl Denham. It seems that the entrepreneur-raconteur-adventurer is no stranger to theft, having that day lifted the only existing print of his most recent and unfinished film from under his studio executives'' noses when they threatened to pull his completion funds. Carl has until the end of the day to get his crew onboard the Singapore-bound tramp steamer, the S.S. Venture, in hopes of completing his travelogue/action film. With that, the showman is certain he will finally achieve the personal greatness he knows awaits him around the corner--and although the crew believe that corner to be Singapore, Denham actually hopes to find and capture on film the mysterious place of legend: Skull Island. Unfortunately for Carl, his headlining actress has pulled out of his project, but his search for a size-four leading lady (the costumes have all been made) has, fatefully, led him to Ann. The struggling actress is reluctant to sign on with Denham, until she learns that the up-and-coming, socially relevant playwright Jack Driscoll is penning the screenplay--the fees his friend Carl pays for potboiling adventure are a welcome supplement to Driscoll''s nominal income from his stage plays. With his newly discovered star and coerced screenwriter reluctantly onboard, Denham''s "moving picture ship" heads out of New York Harbor--and toward a destiny that none aboard could possibly foresee.

Cast & Crew

Peter Jackson Director
Naomi Watts Ann Darrow
Jack Black Carl Denham
Adrien Brody Jack Driscoll
Thomas Kretschmann Captain Englehorn
Colin Hanks Preston
Andy Serkis Kong/Lumpy
Evan Parke [Mr.] Hayes
John Sumner Herb[ert]
Kyle Chandler Bruce [Baxter]

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  PG-13 Premiere Info:  World premiere in New York: 5 Dec 2005
Release Date:  2005 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Distributions Co:  Universal Pictures
Sound:  Production Co:  Universal Pictures, Wingnut Films, Ltd.
Duration(mins):  187-188 Country:  New Zealand and United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Overlong, poorly casted mess.

    Rhob 2015-10-21

    Peter Jackson needs to learn that not every single movie he does has to be 3 hours plus. The case is represented here with this overlong (by the time they... MORE>

  • Impossible, but true!

    James 2013-10-29

    Mr. Jackson did the near-impossible by re-making one of the greatest movies of all time and doing it a reverent and glowing justice. Yes, it's... MORE>

  • A good film

    Patrick 2013-04-22

    A good film.... MORE>