King Kong

Corrected entry: The New York scenes take place in winter, on a day cold enough for the lake in Central Park to freeze hard enough to hold Kong's weight. Despite this, Anne Darrow shows no hint of cold or discomfort, despite wearing a sleeveless gown. Kong takes her to the top of the Empire State Building, where it's even colder. Still no discomfort. In fact, she's able to climb a metal ladder, which should have frozen her poor little fingers off. By the time Driscoll reached her, Darrow should have been a block of ice. The effects of adrenaline would never have lasted to keep Anne warm for that long.

K.C. Sierra

Correction: Evidently you haven't lived in a cold climate. We just had a week of -30C night-time temperatures. The lakes and rivers around here are frozen hard. My neighbours went ice fishing today, parking their large 4X4 truck and all its gear on the lake. It didn't break through, and it is above freezing today. They even built a fire on the lake to cook burgers. It didn't go through the ice. It's easy for a pond to be completely frozen, and stay frozen for some time after the weather warms up. A person's hands don't freeze their little fingers off climbing a ladder, unless they hold their hands on it for some time. I've done it, and never had frostbite. A block of ice wouldn't happen unless the person dies. Blood circulating through a body keeps you from freezing solid in the winter. From other scenes in the movie, where passersby are seen with their coats open and scarves undone, it is apparent the weather is not that cold. There are also scenes with melting snow in the street, further evidence that it was likely quite cold earlier in the week, but has warmed up considerably.


Corrected entry: When Carl closes the door to the taxi cab (with Preston in the cab) it's daylight. When Ann throws the business card on the ground it's nighttime.


Correction: Carl tells Preston he will 'find us a female lead'. It's reasonable to assume he has spent some time trawling a number of theatres & burlesque bars for a girl before we see him outside the theater where he meets Ann.

Corrected entry: in the beginning of the film its said about the island that it has never been discovered because its always hidden in the fog. Later in the movie Kong enjoys the beautiful sunset on top of the mountain.

Correction: The fog surrounds the island at a low level; higher up is clear.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: For most of the first half of the movie, Kong is shown carrying Ann while he's running at incredible speeds. While he's doing this, he shows no regard for poor Ms. Darrow. She's being shaked about, bounced off the ground, and having her face smacked into the dirt. Being caught in a vice-like grip to start with, she should be either dead or have severe breaks, fractures, and internal injuries. Factor in all the G-forces and whamming, she should have a broken neck, crushed ribcage, a miriad of organ punctures, and broken arms. However, later, we see her looking just fine. Fine enough to do a little song and dance, Vaudeville style. Right.

Correction: Ignoring the fact that this is a fantasy (apes don't come that big) and we allow liberties for such story telling, I can hold a grape in my hand without crushing it, yet I'm capable of crushing it easily. Kong takes similar care to protect her. As for 'forces', a hamster will survive in my hand while I run with it. Kong also tends to not swing the carrying arm, again to protect her. The little damage she does take is the bit that gets through despite his best efforts.


Corrected entry: In the aerial shots of Manhattan during the airplane attacks there's much less snow on the ground than in previous scenes shot below.


Correction: You can't really see the amount of snow from the air, even in the country. It's even harder to see in the city. What looks like a lot of snow on the ground only looks like concrete from higher altitudes.

Corrected entry: After Kong dies and falls off, watch carefully as the papparazzi start to come. One of the first photographers has a new digital camera. They didn't have those back then.

Correction: Look at the camera closely, that is NOT a digital camera.

Corrected entry: When Ann is running away from the T-Rex she slides down a muddy hill on her back. As soon as she lands she gets up and we see her back, which is clean.

Correction: When Ann is running away from the T-Rex, and she slides down the muddy hill, her back would normally have been soaked in mud, but if you look closely, you can see her dress flying up, therefore the inside of her dress would be muddy, not the outside. If you look at her panties when she finishes sliding, they are covered in mud.

Corrected entry: After Kong breaks loose from the chains, in some shots the chain tower on the left side disappears: there is nothing next to the platform stairs.

Correction: The sequence runs from 2:29:20 through 2:30:45. Both towers are always there although it seems to be that something changes on the left (facing the picture) group of stairs.

Tax Dude

Corrected entry: When Ann is climbing up the ladder at the top of the Empire State, she has discarded her high-heeled shoes (although we don't see them there is a brief flash of foot past her skirt from above and she climbs far too fast to have them on). Yet when the ladder breaks, Kong catches her and deposits her safely inside the building and the shoes have reappeared on her feet.

Correction: Ann's shoes (silver) are clearly visible at 2:46:35, 2:49:05 and especially at 2:49:40 when she's hanging from the ladder. Can't imagine any reason why she would have wanted to remove them.

Tax Dude

Corrected entry: When Hayes is thrown and killed by Kong, he falls off the cliff and begins to tumble. Notice as he falls that even as he tumbles upside down his hat manages to stay on. Later, when we see his body and the hat is off.

Correction: It's entirely possible for a hat to stay on until impact with the ground. I have had a hard hat stay on my head right up until my body hit the ground from a fall from a roof. Once my body had the jarring hit, my hat fell off.

Corrected entry: When Carl is waiting behind the wall to trap King Kong, the sailor holding the machete (before Preston takes it) is the same guy who got kicked off a cliff during the Brontosaurus chase. I'd figure a 1000+ foot drop would've surely killed the man, and even if it somehow didn't I don't see how he found his way back up to meet with the rest of the crew.

Correction: The crew member who is pushed off the cliff by the "longnecks" is an older man with a gray beard and mustache; he's wearing mostly brown clothing. The man holding the machete is much younger, no beard, no mustache and dressed mostly in blue.

Tax Dude

Corrected entry: In the scene where Carl, Jack some of the other people are fighting off the insects, just before the young man pulls the bullet magazine out of the bag; you can see what looks like a skeleton to his right. Between the ribs on the left part of the skeleton, a wheel and other mechanical-looking objects can be seen.

Correction: Not sure it's a wheel and, even if it is, why would this be a mistake? Unusual, certainly, but who knows what other ships found the island and what the natives offered to Kong?

Tax Dude

Corrected entry: When we first come into the galley, several crossed-out lines of writing can be seen on the chalkboard mounted on the wall. When the crew enters to confront Denham about their true destination, the chalkboard is mostly blank, with only a couple of faint smudges.

Correction: There are actually TWO blackboards. The one with the hash marks in the first one we see as the shot pans into the room. It is directly in front of Carl and to Colin's right. During the "discussion of destination" scene, the camera never goes back in this direction. The second blackboard (the one with the smudges) is directly outside the galley where Lumpy is standing.

Tax Dude

Corrected entry: Denham is obviously shooting a sound film - he has a sound recordist with him along with the bulky and awkward recording equipment typical for the era, and they discuss the problems of recording dialogue on board. Yet, not once do we see him filming with sound, even when he is filming a dialogue scene between Anne and Bruce Baxter on deck. We never see a microphone, a boom pole or a tape recorder. His camera isn't even 'blimped' - soundproofed - and it's handcranked, which makes a racket. They can't be planning on adding the sound later - why have the sound recordist and his bulky and heavy equipment there with them if they are?

Correction: They ARE planning on adding the sound later. The sound engineer came with them so he could record, separately, the natural sounds of the location and the animals, etc. Denham and the sound engineer have a conversation where the engineer says this much, due to the extreme conditions.

Corrected entry: While everyone is on Skull Island, Hayes tells Jimmy he was in the Army, and had a Drill Sergeant. However, the first U.S. Army Drill Sergeant course wasn't offered until 1964. Prior to this, Drill Sergeants were known as Military Training Instructors.

Correction: Although correctly termed "Military Training Instructors" as a true title, they were still known informally as drill instructor or drill sergeants to the men under their command.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: When the Venture is approaching the wall of Skull Island, there is a shot of the Venture gradually moving towards it, and as it does the wall becomes more visible through the fog. However, the camera angle is locked in one place; the wall should've remained obscured by fog the entire time. (00:48:10)

Correction: Fog isn't a static entity, it changes all the time. It would be completely normal behaviour for the fog to have simply thinned out a little at that point.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ann encounters the first T-Rex, it has a dinosaur in its mouth which it is about to eat. The T-Rex would have no interest in Ann and would have no reason to chase her because it already has a bigger meal.

Correction: First off, it is a V-rex, not a T-rex, and just because it already has something to eat doesn't automatically mean it would not try to catch something else to eat as well, as there is no way of it knowing when or how its next meal may amble along.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: During the brontosaurus stampede, Carl Denham has his hat on for the whole scene. You would think if he were running fast enough to survive the stampede he would at least be running fast enough to have his hat fall off. Also the ground would have been disturbed by the brontosaurs enough to, if not make the crew fall over, at least take of Carls hat. But it stays on and he only loses it after the stampede as he flees from the raptors.

Correction: Some people in real life run with hats on all the time and manage not to lose them (for example, see various news clips of marathons), so it's possible for Carl's hat to stay on.

Corrected entry: In the original "map" of the island, fog is noted on the map surrounding the island as if it's a permanent fixture (and is the key element in keeping the island hidden.) Yet when Ann and Kong are sitting peacefully in his lair at the top of the mountain and they gaze out at the ocean, there is no fog or any form of inclement weather. In fact, the island, and certainly this peak, would be visible from a long way distant at sea.

Correction: Indications on maps aren't necessarily of "permanent" features, but of "prevalent" ones. Even Seattle has nice weather once in a while.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member

Corrected entry: As the Venture approached Skull Island, it is surrounded by fog, but when it reaches the Wall it is suddenly tossed by huge waves. Fog cannot persist in the presence of heavy wave action, since the motion of the waves will disperse it. You can have heavy wave action, or fog, but not both.

Correction: Not true, you can easily have both. Fog is mostly dispersed by wind, which would cause higher waves, but not by waves themselves. So, if there is little or no wind, you'd have fog. The big waves could be accounted for by tidal effect reaching shore, and as the water becomes shallower as it is pushed up from the ground below the water, it cause an upward motion, creating a large wave, especially if the ground rises sharply underwater, as in an underwater shelf.

Continuity mistake: When Ann meets Kong on NYC street, the camera flashes back and forth between them. When it shows Kong, he is surrounded by snow, but when it shows Ann, the street doesn't have so much as a snowflake.

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Carl Denham: There are thousands of actresses out of work in this city. Somewhere out there is a woman born to play this role... A woman who will journey into the heart of the unknown... Toward a fateful meeting that changes everything.

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Trivia: In the escape from the dinosaurs, one of the ship's crewmen lets out a Wilhelm scream when he is knocked off a ledge. (01:24:40)

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