The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Peter Jackson (2003)

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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.


As hobbits Frodo and Sam near the end of their journey into the dark lands of Mordor to destroy the One Ring, the evil Sauron unleashes the full might of his armies on Middle-earth. Meanwhile, Aragorn must fulfil his destiny of becoming king by leading his people into a climactic battle with the forces of darkness. Conclusion of the fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Sean Astin.

Cast & Crew

Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood
Gandalf the White Ian McKellen
Arwen Undómiel Liv Tyler
Aragorn / Strider Viggo Mortensen
Samwise "Sam" Gamgee Sean Astin
Galadriel Cate Blanchett
Gimli John Rhys-Davies
King Théoden Bernard Hill
Peregrin "Pippin" Took Billy Boyd (1)
Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck Dominic Monaghan
Legolas Greenleaf Orlando Bloom
Elrond Hugo Weaving
Eowyn of Rohan Miranda Otto
Faramir David Wenham
Eomer Karl Urban
Denethor, Steward of Gondor John Noble
Sméagol / Gollum Andy Serkis
Bilbo Baggins Ian Holm
Boromir Sean Bean
Celeborn Marton Csokas
Voice of the Ring Alan Howard
Jackson, Peter Mercenary on a boat
Director Peter Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Dec 2003