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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Peter Jackson
  • 192 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The Oscar-winning final part of Peter Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's fantasy adventure. The hobbit Frodo continues his journey to destroy the ring before the evil Lord Sauron can seize it. He is accompanied deep into Mordor by Gollum, who has a darker motive for keeping the "precious" ring close.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this powerful and enchanting concluding episode to his massively ambitious adaptation of JRR Tolkien's trilogy. It also became the first fantasy film to receive the best picture Oscar and won awards in all the categories it was nominated for, equalling the record haul of 11 set by Ben-Hur and Titanic. One staggeringly beautiful sight follows another as the brilliant ensemble cast brings Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece to life, and Jackson mixes man, myth and magic together with astonishing scope and intoxicating invention. The action picks up from The Two Towers with Frodo crawling to Mount Doom to finally destroy the ring, while Aragorn enlists an army of the dead to help Gandalf defend the besieged city of Minas Tirith from the Witch-king and his armies. Jackson's loyalty to Tolkien's over-stuffed text means certain characters get little screen time and the ending does drag on with its series of teary farewells. But these are minor gripes considering his towering achievement in creating a timeless, literate and passionate masterpiece that will live for ever. The Minas Tirith battle sequence in particular will surely go down as one of the greatest in cinema history.

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Credits

Cast

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Frodo BagginsElijah Wood
Gandalf the WhiteIan McKellen
Arwen UndómielLiv Tyler
Aragorn / StriderViggo Mortensen
Samwise "Sam" GamgeeSean Astin
GaladrielCate Blanchett
GimliJohn Rhys-Davies
King ThéodenBernard Hill
Peregrin "Pippin" TookBilly Boyd (1)
Meriadoc "Merry" BrandybuckDominic Monaghan
Legolas GreenleafOrlando Bloom
ElrondHugo Weaving
Eowyn of RohanMiranda Otto
FaramirDavid Wenham
EomerKarl Urban
Denethor, Steward of GondorJohn Noble
Sméagol / GollumAndy Serkis
Bilbo BagginsIan Holm
BoromirSean Bean
CelebornMarton Csokas
Voice of the RingAlan Howard
Jackson, PeterMercenary on a boat

Crew

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DirectorPeter Jackson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2003-12-19
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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