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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

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Peter Jackson

Writers:

J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noel Appleby Noel Appleby ... Everard Proudfoot
Ali Astin ... Elanor Gamgee (as Alexandra Astin)
Sean Astin ... Sam
David Aston ... Gondorian Soldier 3
John Bach ... Madril
Sean Bean ... Boromir
Cate Blanchett ... Galadriel
Orlando Bloom ... Legolas
Billy Boyd ... Pippin
Sadwyn Brophy Sadwyn Brophy ... Eldarion
Alistair Browning ... Damrod
Marton Csokas ... Celeborn
Richard Edge Richard Edge ... Gondorian Soldier 1
Jason Fitch ... Uruk 2
Bernard Hill ... Theoden
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Storyline

The final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the One Ring, while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith. Written by Jwelch5742

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Plot Keywords:

orc | epic | battle | journey | hobbit | See All (454) »

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There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

New Zealand | USA

Release Date:

17 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the King See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,629,713, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$377,845,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,120,424,614
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-Ray Extended Edition) | (Special DVD Extended Edition) | (DVD Widescreen Edition)

Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Horses owned by the production company were placed up for auction to the cast and crew after this movie was shot. Viggo Mortensen purchased two horses, the one he rode for most of the movie, and one for Liv Tyler's riding double. See more »

Goofs

The entire orc attack on Osgiliath sequence is poorly planned and directed. The orcs are meant to be quietly crossing the River Anduin under the cover of darkness to attack the western bank of Osgiliath, yet they have lighted torches on their boats which they don't even need because they operate better in the dark. This makes no sense at all, not even from a film-maker point of view, because there's far more ambient light reflected off the mist around them and the torches add nothing to the shots. As proof of how stupid this is: the first thing visible through the mist as the boats approach the bank? The lit torches. Which would have given the game away immediately if the defenders had been keeping anything like a proper watch. Yet the orcs still manage to make it to shore because for some reason there's only one guard, and he's not even looking at the river until it's too late. He just happens to look out in time to get killed by an arrow. Then it apparently needs Faramir to run over to look at him lying dead with a black orc arrow in his chest before it even occurs to anyone that there's an attack! Sound military reasoning would be to immediately sound the alarm, use arrows to kill as many orcs in the boats as possible, then meet them with a charge on the shoreline to push them back into the water. Yet the men all hide and let half the orcs land before attacking one of them at the back of the crowd. It's no wonder they lost Osgiliath: they simply threw it away. From a military standpoint Denethor's anger at Faramir is completely justified in the film version. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deagol: Smeagol, I've got one! I've got a fish, Smeag. Smeagol!
Smeagol: Pull it in. Go on. Go on. Go on. Pull it in.
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Crazy Credits

Concept sketches behind the credits show images of locations in the sequence they were seen in the film, ending on the rounded doors of the Shire. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Aragorn reveals Anduril to the King of the Dead, some prints of the film has his reply as "That blade was broken", while in other prints his response is "That line was broken." See more »


Soundtracks

The Edge of Night
Music by Billy Boyd
Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Billy Boyd
Adapted by Philippa Boyens
Orchestration by Howard Shore
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15 years on... Still the greatest
23 December 2015 | by jamiedphilipsSee all my reviews

I've just re-watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the 1000th time tonight... nearly 15 years since the Fellowship of the Rings was released... I still haven't seen a movie that's better, nor close, to any of these three films. The casting is perfection as well as the incredible acting by everyone in the movie. I can still watch these movies back to back and not get bored. They are a light to this world and wouldn't be the same without them.

I miss the good old LOTR's days. The best movies ever created. The Return of the King was the best way to end a thrilling journey through middle earth!


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