"It was beauty killed the beast." The original and still the best of the great ape series. On a mysterious and dangerous island, a film producer captures a giant ape and brings him back to New York in the hopes of capitalizing on his prize. But the imprisoned ape, known as Kong, has the hots for screen beauty Fay Wray ("The Cob Web," "The Most Dangerous Game") and escapes in pursuit of her. Before his famous and tragic fall from the Empire State Building, he wreaks havoc on the city. A classic beauty and the beast story that features some of the finest stop-motion effects ever filmed. Recently selected as one of the top 50 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute and inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Co-starring Robert Armstrong ("Mighty Joe Young") and Bruce Cabot ("Angel and the Badman").

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4.5 out of 5
96 Ratings

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98% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.

10+ COMMON SENSE

Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.

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