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"How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong -- and stayed with the project even after learning that her "leading man" was a 50-foot ape. The film introduces us to flamboyant, foolhardy documentary filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who sails off to parts unknown to film his latest epic with leading lady Darrow in tow. Disembarking at Skull Island, they stumble on a ceremony in which the native dancers… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"The story, like Frankenstein and Dracula, has taken on the significance of a modern folk tale, layered with obvious moralizing and as familiar as personal history."
‑ Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times
"Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen."
‑ Joe Bigelow, Variety
"It's unrivaled in its sheer cinematic quality, and one of a kind."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The grand-daddy of all monster movies."
‑ , Total Film
"Violent but beloved old-school monster movie."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
""King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations."
‑ Irene Thirer, New York Daily News
"Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Arguably the monster movie of all time, this abiding take on Beauty and the Beast has a mythic power that belies its years."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"...throbbing with metaphorical implications. The riveting, stop-motion battle between the great ape and a T. Rex is just a bonus."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"All these years on from its original release, King Kong still has a great claim to being the eighth wonder of the world."
‑ , Film4
"Wholly enjoyable."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory..."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Unfortunately, it was thought necessary to mitigate some of the predominant horror by introducing a human, all-too-human theme."
‑ William Troy, The Nation
"One of the best adventure horror films ever made, an icon of pop culture with truly erotic and emotionally touching scenes between Fay Wray and the massive gorrilla"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"'King Kong died for our sins.' It's a T-shirt seen recently in Seattle, worn by a teenager and illustrated with the original vintage image of the monster ape atop the Empire State Building."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
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