King Kong (2005 film)

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And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty, and beauty stayed his hand. And from that day forward, he was as one dead.
That's all there is. There isn't any more.

King Kong is a 2005 film and a remake of the 1933 classic and 1976 remake of the same name. It concerns an amoral filmmaker who, along with a beautiful vaudeville actress and the crew of a tramp steamer, seeks out a deserted, mythical island to shoot his next picture. The island proves to be far from a lush vacation in the tropics. Instead, Carl and his team are manhandled by savage natives, monstrous bugs and bats, dinosaurs, and a giant ape called Kong, who develops an attachment to the leading lady. This leads to tragedy when Kong is captured and brought to New York City, where he wreaks havoc in an effort to find her.

Directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens.
See also: King Kong, King Kong (1933 film), & King Kong (1976 film).

Ann Darrow[edit]

  • I make people laugh, that's what I do. Good luck with your picture.
  • That's all there is. There isn't any more.
  • Good things never last, Mr. Denham.
  • It's me he wants!

Carl Denham[edit]

Defeat is always momentary.
There's still some mystery left in this world, and we can all have a piece of it. For the price of an admission ticket.
  • What are they going to do, sue me? They can get in line! I'm not gonna let 'em kill my film!
  • There's still some mystery left in this world, and we can all have a piece of it. For the price of an admission ticket.
  • [after escaping angry studio executives] Don't worry, Preston, I've had a lot of practice at this. I'm real good at crappin' the crappers.
  • He was a king in the world he knew, but he comes to you now a captive. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Kong, THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD!
  • "And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty, and beauty stayed his hand. And from that day forward, he was as one dead."
  • Goddammit, Preston, all you had to do was look her in the eye and lie!
  • Sorry, fellas, you're gonna have to do better than that. Monsters belong in B movies.
  • Defeat is always momentary.
  • Just as you go down for the third and final time, as your head disappears beneath the waves, and your lungs fill with water, do you know what happens in those last precious seconds before you drown? Your whole life passes before your eyes...and if you've lived as a true get to watch it all in color.
  • [to self] The whole world will pay to see this. [to the crew] We're millionaires, boys! I'll share it with all of you. In a few months, his name will be up in lights on Broadway! Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World!
  • It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.

Jack Driscoll[edit]

Actors. They travel the world, but all they ever see is a mirror.

  • I’m writing it for you.
  • Why would I write a play just for you?
  • Isn't it obvious?
  •’s in subtext.
  • It not about words.
  • Stop, please! Stop! We have to turn back! They've taken Ann!
  • [noticing the disturbing effigy of Kong on Carl's map] What is that?
  • That's the thing you come to learn about Carl. His unfailing ability to destroy the things he loves.
  • Actors. They travel the world, but all they ever see is a mirror.

Captain Englehorn[edit]

It's not an adventure story. Is it, Mr Hayes?
  • [Jack has to sleep in a cage where animals have been kept] So what are you, Mr. Driscoll? A lion... or a chimpanzee?
  • We're leaving, and I want you off my ship.
  • [after saving Carl and the others from the vicious Skull Islanders] Seen enough?
  • [to Carl, whom he has just saved from a slimy demise in the insect pit] That's the thing about cockroaches. No matter how many times you flush them down the toilet, they always crawl back up the bowl.


  • [to Hayes, after being told to run if they encounter any danger] I'm not a coward. I ain't gonna run.
  • Adventures on a tramp steamer, just like us!


  • [at the killing ground, where the hundreds of Kong's victims have been left to rot] Christ, it's a bleedin' boneyard! They've been ripped limb from limb!
  • There's only one creature capable of leaving a footprint that size... the Abominable Snowman.
  • [Hayes does a headcount for how many sailors are injured] Injured? Four of us are DEAD!


Zelman: [upon receiving word that Carl Denham has hired a ship to get to a location for his picture] What location, Carl?! You're supposed to be shooting on the back lot!
Carl Denham: Yes, I understand that. But fellas, we're not making that film anymore. Things have changed. The script has been rewritten. Life... intervened. I've come into possession of a map. The sole surviving record of an uncharted island. A place that was thought to exist only in myth. Until now...
Zelman: Whoa. Carl. Slow down.
Sleazy Studio Guy: Is he asking for more money?
Thuggish Studio Guy: He's asking us to fund a wild goose chase.
Carl Denham: I'm talking about a primitive world... never before seen by man. The ruins of an entire civilization. The most spectacular thing you've ever seen. That's where I'll shoot my picture.
Sleazy Studio Guy: Will there be boobies?
Carl Denham: Boobies?
Sleazy Studio Guy: Jigglies. Jiblonkas. Bazooms. In my experience, people only go to these films to observe the undraped form of the native girls.
Carl Denham: What are you, an idiot? You think they asked DeMille if he would waste his time on nudie shots? NO! They respected the filmmaker! They showed some class! Not that you'd know what that means, you cheap lowlife! God...
Zelman: Would you step out for a moment, Carl?
[Carl leaves the room and points to a glass of water] Gimme that!
Preston: You won't like it. It's non-alcoholic.
Carl Denham: [emptying the water into a plant pot] Preston, you have a lot to learn about the motion picture business. [he presses the glass against the door and listens intently]
Zelman: Don't get me wrong. Carl Denham's made some interesting pictures. He's had a lot of... near success.
Thuggish Studio Guy: He's a preening self-promoter. Washed up, no talent. The guy's got "loser" written all over him.
Zelman: Look, I know his project isn't working out as well as we planned, but--
Thuggish Studio Guy: This jumped-up little turd's gonna bankrupt us!
Zelman: The animal footage has value.
Sleazy Studio Guy: Sure! Universal are desperate for stock footage!
Thuggish Studio Guy: Then sell it! Scrap the picture!
Zelman: [sighs] Get him back in.
Zelman's Assistant: Mr... Denham? [Carl and Preston have disappeared from the waiting room]

Carl Denham: Vaudeville, huh? I worked Vaudeville once. That is a tough audience. If you don't kill 'em fast, they kill you--
Ann Darrow: Mr. Denham. I want you to know that I'm not in the habit of accepting charity from strangers, or for that matter... taking things that don't belong to me.
Carl Denham: It was obviously a terrible misunderstanding.
Ann Darrow: It's just that I haven't been paid in a while--
Carl Denham: That's awful. Anyway, Ann. You wouldn't happen to be a size 4 by any chance? [Ann stands to leave] No, no. Oh God, no! You've got me all wrong. Ann, please! I'm not that type of person at all.
Ann Darrow: What type of person are you?
Carl Denham: I'm someone you can trust, Ann. I'm a movie producer. Believe me, I am on the level. No funny business. Please, sit down. Please, sit down. Please. [Ann reluctantly sits] I want you to imagine a handsome explorer bound for the Far East.
Ann Darrow: You're filming in the Far East?
Carl Denham: Singapore. On board ship he meets a mysterious girl. She's beautiful, she's fragile. Taunted. But she can't escape the feeling that forces beyond her control are compelling her down a road, from which she cannot draw back. It's as if her whole life has been a prelude to this moment; this fateful meeting... that changes everything. And sure enough, against her better judgement...
Ann Darrow: She falls in love.
Carl Denham: Yes!
Ann Darrow: But she doesn't trust it. She's not even sure if she believes in love.
Carl Denham: Uh... really? Why is that?
Ann Darrow: Good things never last, Mr. Denham.
Carl Denham: So you're interested? Great. Now, I don't wanna rush you, but we are under some time pressure.
Ann Darrow: Well, I really--
Carl Denham: Ann, I'm telling you. You're perfect. Look at you, you're the saddest girl I've ever met. You're gonna make 'em weep, Ann. You're gonna break their hearts.
Ann Darrow: See, that's where you're wrong, Mr. Denham. I make people laugh, that's what I do. Good luck with your picture.
Carl: Wait! Ann, Miss Darrow, Please! I'm offering you money, adventure, fame, the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage! You wanna read a script? Jack Driscoll's turning in a draft as we speak.
Ann Darrow: Jack Driscoll?
Carl Denham: Sure, why? Wait. You know him?
Ann Darrow: No, not personally. I've seen his plays.
Carl Denham: What a writer, huh? And let me tell you, Ann... Jack Driscoll does not want just anyone starring in this picture. He said to me, "Carl... somewhere out there is a woman born to play this role." And as soon as I saw you, I knew.
Ann Darrow: Knew what?
Carl Denham: It was always going to be you.

Choy: This room very comfortable. Plenty dim light, fresh straw.
Jack Driscoll: What do you keep down here?
Choy: Lion, tiger, hippo, you name it.
Jack Driscoll: You sell 'em to zoos?
Choy: Zoo, circus. Skipper get big money for rare animal.
[Jack steps in a steaming pile of camel dung]
Choy: Careful! Camel have bad accident on floor. Stain unremovable.

[Carl is discussing the rest of the script with Jack as he is typing on a typewriter]
Carl Denham: She's standing at the railing. She doesn't know it yet... but they are sailing towards disaster. You got that?
Jack Driscoll: Okay, so she turns... the first mate is staggering towards her. There's a knife sticking out of his back.
Carl Denham: Wait a sec. We're killing off the first mate?
Jack Driscoll: That's assuming she knows who the first mate is.
Carl Denham: Come on, Jack. It was an honest mistake. Ann is nearsighted. It could have happened to anyone.
Jack Driscoll: I was joking, Carl.
Carl Denham: The point is she's horrified. She has to look away. And that's when she sees it.
Jack Driscoll: Sees what? What?
Carl Denham: [intensely] The island.
Jack Driscoll: We're filming on an island now? When did this happen?
Carl Denham: [shushing] Jack, keep your voice down. I don't want the crew getting spooked.
Jack Driscoll: Why would they get spooked? What's it called?
Carl Denham: All right. It has a local name... but I'm warning you, Jack, it doesn't sound good. [whispering] They call it Skull Island. Did you get that?
Jack Driscoll: What's wrong with this place?
Carl Denham: There's nothing officially wrong with it. Because, technically, it hasn't been discovered yet.
Jack Driscoll: [to himself] Okay. All right. So we arrive at this place. [he begins to type it out, saying the letters out loud as he does] S.. K.. U.. L.. L.. Island.
[Carl turns to see Jimmy has overheard the whole thing]

Bruce Baxter: What do you think, Driscoll? Dialogue's got some flow now, huh?
Jack Driscoll: It was pure effluence.
Bruce Baxter: I beefed up the banter.
Jack Driscoll: Try to resist that impulse.
Bruce Baxter: It's just a little bit of humor, bud. What are you, a Bolshevik or something? [he leaves]
Jack Driscoll: [to himself] Actors. Travel the world, but all they ever see is a mirror.

Mr. Hayes: If someone were to tell you this ship was headed for Singapore... what would you say?
Lumpy: I would say they're full of it, Mr Hayes. Well, we turned southwest last night.
Carl Denham: Gentlemen, please. We're not looking for trouble.
Jimmy: No. You're looking for something else.
Carl Denham: Yes, we are. We're going to find Skull Island. Find it, film it, show it to the world. For 25 cents, you get to see the last blank space on the map.
Lumpy: I wouldn't be so sure of that.
Preston: What do you mean?
Lumpy: Seven years ago, me and Mr. Hayes were working our passage... on a Norwegian bark.
Mr. Hayes: We picked up a castaway. We found him in the water. He'd been drifting for days.
Lumpy: His ship had run aground on an island way west of Sumatra. An island hidden in fog. He spoke of a huge wall... built so long ago... no one knew who'd made it. A wall 100 foot high... as strong today as it was ages ago.
Preston: Why'd they build the wall?
Lumpy: Well, the castaway, he spoke of a creature... neither beast nor man... but something monstrous, living behind that wall.
Carl Denham: [unimpressed] A lion or a tiger. A man-eater. That's how all these stories start.
Preston: What else did he say?
Lumpy: Nothing. When we found him the next morning, he'd stuck a knife through his heart.
Carl Denham: [laughing] Mmm-hmm. Sorry, fellows. You'll have to do better than that. Monsters belong in B movies.
Mr. Hayes: If you find this place... if you go ashore with your friends and your cameras... you won't come back. Just as long as you understand that.

Carl Denham: [while filming a herd of Brontosaurs] Walk forward, Bruce.
Bruce Baxter: What?!
Carl Denham: You're the star of this picture, now get into character and head toward the animals!
Bruce Baxter: Are you sure about this, Denham? Don't we have a stand-in for this type of thing?
Carl Denham: I need you in the shot or people will say they're fake.
Bruce Baxter: Oh, nobody's gonna think these are fake!

Carl Denham: [after Englehorn turns the ship away from Denham's course] One more week. That's all I'm asking. Please. I haven't got a film yet. I've risked everything I have on this trip.
Captain Engelhorn: No, Denham. You've risked everything I have.
Carl Denham: What do you want? Tell me what you want, I'll give you anything!
Captain Engelhorn: I want you off my ship.

Carl Denham: [contemplating his arrest] I'm finished.
Jack Driscoll: How did you think this would end, Carl?
[In the cabin, the ship's compass spins wildly and points in all directions]
Captain Englehorn: Check our position. Use the stars.
[Hayes exits the bridge with a sextant and returns almost immediately.]
Hayes: There are no stars, captain.
Jack Driscoll: [examining the map] What is that?
Carl Denham: What?
Jack Driscoll: That, right there.
Carl Denham: (sarcastically) I don't know. What is it, a coffee stain? (looks at the map and sees the disturbing effigy of Kong)

[recognizing Jimmy, he confiscates the gun]
Hayes: Jesus, Jimmy!
Jimmy: Hey, I need that!
Hayes: I'm not giving you a gun!
Jimmy: You were younger than me when they gave you one!
Hayes: I was in the army. I was trained. I had a drill sergeant!
Jimmy: I wanna help bring her back.
Hayes: [haltingly giving him the gun] Don't make me regret it.

Jack Driscoll: I always knew you were nothing like the tough guy on the screen. I just never figured you for a coward.
Bruce Baxter: Hey, pal. Hey, wake up. Heroes don't look like me, not in the real world. In the real world they got bad teeth, a bald spot and a beer gut. I'm just an actor with a gun, who's lost his motivation. Be seein' ya.

[the boat is leaving the dock, and Carl has forced Jack to accompany him because he hasn't finished the script]
Jack Driscoll: God damn it!
Carl Denham: I keep telling you, Jack. There's no money in theatre. That's why you should stick with film.
Jack Driscoll: No, Carl, it's not about the money. I love theatre.
Carl Denham: No you don't. If you really loved it, you would've jumped.

Carl Denham: I'll give you another thousand if you leave right now.
Captain Englehorn: You haven't given me the first thousand yet.
Carl Denham: I'll make it worth your while...
Captain Englehorn: There's nothing out there.
Carl Denham: Then you've nothing to lose.

Carl Denham: $2000 is the deal. Will you take a check?
Captain Englehorn: Do I have a choice?

[They pull them out of the insect pit]
Carl Denham: Thank God.
Captain Engelhorn: Don't thank God. Thank Mr. Baxter. He insisted on a rescue mission. Me? I knew you'd be okay. That's the thing about cockroaches. No matter how many times you flush them down the toilet... they always crawl back up the bowl.
Carl Denham: Hey, buddy? I'm out of the bowl. I'm dryin' off my wings and trekkin' across the lid.
[They see Jack climbing out to the other side of the pit, still determined to find Ann]
Captain Engelhorn: Driscoll! Don't be a fool! Give it up. It's useless! She's dead.
Carl Denham: She's not dead. Jack's gonna bring her back... and the ape will be hard on his heals. We can still come out of this thing okay. More than okay. Think about it. You got a boat full of chloroform we could put to good use.
Captain Engelhorn: You wanna trap the ape? [laughing] I don't think so.
Carl Denham: Isn't that what you do? Live animal capture? I heard you were the best.

Carl Denham: Ladies and Gentlemen... I'm here to tell you a very strange story. The story of our adventure... in which 17 of our party suffered horrible deaths... their lives lost... in pursuit of a savage beast... a monstrous aberration of nature. But even the meanest brute can be tamed. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, as you will see... the beast was no match... for the charms of a girl. A girl from New York... who melted his heart... bringing to mind that old Arabian proverb... "And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty... and beauty stayed his hand. And from that day forward, he was as one dead." And now ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king in the world he knew, but he comes to you now a captive. Ladies and gentlemen... I give you Kong, The Eighth Wonder of the World!

Preston: He was right. About there still being some mystery left in this world... and we can all have a piece of it... for the price of an admission ticket.
Jack Driscoll: That's the thing you come to learn about Carl. His unfailing ability to destroy the things he loves.

Carl Denham: Bring the tripod and all of the film stock.
Herb: You wanna go to the six-inch lens?
Carl Denham: [he considers the size of Kong, who he has just seen for the first time] Wide-angle will do just fine.

Jimmy: [Referring to "Heart of Darkness"] Why does Marlow keep going up the river? Why doesn't he turn back?
Hayes: There's a part of him that wants to Jimmy. A part deep inside himself that sounds a warning. But there's another part that needs to know. To defeat the thing which makes him afraid. "We could not understand because we were too far and could not remember because we were traveling in the night of first ages of those ages that are gone leaving hardly a sign, and no memories. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there, there you could look at a thing monstrous and free."
Jimmy: It's not an adventure story, is it, Mr. Hayes?
Hayes: No, Jimmy. It's not.

[All of the news photographers and nearby peoples gather to see the fallen King Kong in front of the Empire State Building]
Photographer #1: Why'd he do that? Climb up there and get himself cornered. The ape must have known what was coming.
Photographer #2: He's just a dumb animal. Didn't know nothing. [Carl Denham comes barging through the crowd to see what has become of his beast] What does it matter? Airplanes got him.
Carl Denham: It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.


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