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One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. In the early 1930s, Carl Denham (Jack Black) is a daring filmmaker and adventurer who has gained a reputation for his pictures documenting wildlife in remote and dangerous jungle lands; despite the objections of his backers, Denham plans to film his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he discovered on a rare map. Correctly assuming his cast and crew would be wary of such a journey, Denham has told them they're traveling to Singapore, but before they set sail, his leading lady drops out of the project. Needing a beautiful actress willing to take a risk, Denham finds Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), a beautiful but down-on-her-luck vaudeville performer, and offers her the role; cautious but eager to work, Darrow takes the role, and onboard the ship she strikes up a romance with Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), a respected playwright hired by Denham to write the script for his latest epic.When Denham and company arrive on Skull Island, the natives react with savage violence, but they happen to be the least of their worries. Skull Island is a sanctuary for prehistoric life, and lording it over the dinosaurs and other giant beasts is Kong, a 25-foot-tall gorilla who can outfight any creature on Earth. The natives kidnap Darrow, giving her to Kong as an offering to appease the giant beast; Denham and his men set out to find her, with Driscoll bravely determined to save the woman he loves. Eventually, Driscoll finds Darrow and Denham outwits Kong, intending to take the giant ape back to New York for display. But Kong has bonded with Darrow, and his attraction to her proves to be his undoing. Andy Serkis, who provided the body movements for Gollum in Peter Jackson's Andy Serkis pictures, performed similar duties on King Kong, studying gorillas so he could mimic their actions, which were then used as the basis for the special-effects crew's digital animation of the great ape. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Andrew Lesnie Best Cinematography 2005 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Andrew Lesnie Best Cinematography 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Andrew Lesnie Best Cinematography 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joe Letteri Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Phoenix Film Critics Association Joe Letteri Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Letteri Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Semanick Best Sound Mixing 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mike Hopkins Best Sound Editing 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mike Hopkins Best Sound 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Naomi Watts Best Actress 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Naomi Watts Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Naomi Watts Best Actress 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Peter Jackson Best Director 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Jackson Best Director 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Peter Jackson Best Director 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Peter Jackson Best Director 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Peter Jackson Best Director 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simon Bright Best Art Direction 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Newton Howard Best Original Score 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association James Newton Howard Best Score 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association James Newton Howard Best Original Score 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Taylor Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Taylor Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Hedges Best Sound Mixing 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brian Van't Hul Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brian Van't Hul Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christian Rivers Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christian Rivers Best Visual Effects 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Boyes Best Sound Mixing 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christopher Boyes Best Sound 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dan Hennah Best Art Direction 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ethan Van der Ryn Best Sound Editing 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ethan Van der Ryn Best Sound 2005 Nominee
Phoenix Film Critics Association Grant Major Best Production Design 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Grant Major Best Production Design 2005 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Grant Major Best Art Direction - Period or Fantasy Film 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant Major Best Art Direction 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hammond Peek Best Sound Mixing 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Hammond Peek Best Sound 2005 Nominee

Cast

Naomi Watts
as Ann Darrow
Jack Black
as Carl Denham
Adrien Brody
as Jack Driscoll
Thomas Kretschmann
as Captain Englehorn
Colin Hanks
as Preston
Jamie Bell
as Jimmy
Evan Parke
as Hayes
Lobo Chan
as Choy
Kyle Chandler
as Bruce Baxter
Andy Serkis
as Lumpy the Cook
Andy Serkis
as King Kong
Craig Hall
as Mike
John Sumner
as Herbert

Crew

Peter Jackson
Director
Fran Walsh
Producer
Peter Jackson
Producer
Jan Blenkin
Producer
Carolynne Cunningham
Producer
Peter Jackson
Screenwriter
Fran Walsh
Screenwriter
Philippa Boyens
Screenwriter
Andrew Lesnie
Cinematographer
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Jamie Selkirk
Editor
Jabez Olssen
Editor
Grant Major
Production Designer
Joe Peter Bleakley
Art Director
Simon Bright
Art Director
Dan Hennah
Supervising Art Director
Eileen Moran
Co-producer
Philippa Boyens
Co-producer
Annette Wullems
Associate Producer
Darryl Longstaffe
Set Designer
Christina Crawford
Set Designer
Barry Read
Set Designer
Miriam Barrard
Set Designer
Philip Thomas
Set Designer
Terry Ryan
Costume Designer
Dan Hennah
Set Decorator
Hammond Peek
Sound/Sound Designer
Ethan Van der Ryn
Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Van't Hul
Special Effects
Carolynne Cunningham
First Assistant Director
John Hubbard
Casting
Dan Hubbard
Casting
Ann Robinson
Casting
Victoria Burrows
Casting
Liz Mullane
Casting
Christopher Boyes
Re-Recording Mixer
Edgar Wallace
From Screenplay by
Michael Semanick
Re-Recording Mixer
Richard Bluck
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Richard Taylor
Creature Design
Richard Taylor
Makeup Special Effects
Richard Taylor
Creature Effects
Weta Workshop Ltd.
Makeup Special Effects
Weta Workshop Ltd.
Creature Effects
Christian Rivers
Animation Director
Mike Hopkins
Supervising Sound Editor
Randall William Cook
Second Unit Director
Ethan Van der Ryn
Supervising Sound Editor
Michael Hedges
Re-Recording Mixer
Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisor
Merian C. Cooper
From Screenplay by
Tom Johnson
Re-Recording Mixer
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