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Year
1933
Runtime
100 min.
Directors
Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Genres
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Horror
Rating *
7.9
Votes *
67,080
Checks
26,891
Favs
987
Dislikes
102
Favs/checks
3.7% (1:27)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. Alfredo Garcia's avatar

    Alfredo Garcia

    The way this film makes a monster turn into a misunderstood monkey for the viewer with not even one single dialogue is just amazing. A true all time classic and a must-see for sure. 9 years 9 months ago
  2. Micaela FM's avatar

    Micaela FM

    It gets pretty annoying by the spoiler, but I was so amazed by how ingenious the effects are that I'm willing to forgive the flaws and consider it a praiseworthy classic. 8 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    1933's King Kong is a revelation. I wasn't expecting to see claymation so well integrated into live action. I guess it's mostly done through rear projection, but still, the level of planning and innovation is just spectacular. The effects are frankly better than a lot of films made more than 50 years later, and I sometimes wonder how they were even achieved. The animation is expressive and detailed, and the film is surprisingly violent and even sexy from what I imagined of the era (perhaps it's the reinstatement of the "censored scenes". A true classic. 5 years 6 months ago
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  2. This movie ranks #12 in Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #18 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #19 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
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  5. This movie ranks #21 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
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  6. This movie ranks #24 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
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  8. This movie ranks #42 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  9. This movie ranks #44 in BFI's 100 Animated Feature Films
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  10. This movie ranks #55 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
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  11. This movie ranks #58 in Rotten Tomatoes's Top 100 Movies of All Time
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  12. This movie ranks #60 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  13. This movie ranks #75 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  14. This movie ranks #81 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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  15. This movie ranks #90 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  16. This movie ranks #99 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  17. This movie ranks #134 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  18. This movie ranks #149 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  19. This movie ranks #160 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
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  20. This movie ranks #169 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  21. This movie ranks #215 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  22. This movie ranks #242 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
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  23. This movie ranks #294 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
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  24. This movie ranks #442 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  25. This movie ranks #483 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  26. This movie ranks #507 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  27. This movie ranks #1015 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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