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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Elijah Wood

Overview - THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third and final film in Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis), the two-faced former owner of the Ring that Frodo must destroy in the fires of Mount Doom.  Read more...

 
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Overview

THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third and final film in Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis), the two-faced former owner of the Ring that Frodo must destroy in the fires of Mount Doom. Meanwhile Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) contend with the deranged ruler Denethor (John Noble) at the once-mighty city of Minas Tirith, as Merry (Dominic Monaghan) joins Éowyn (Miranda Otto) and the Riders of Rohan to hold back the forces of Sauron. Amidst the chaos, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must rise to his destiny, aided by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in assembling allies for a massive battle that will decide the fate of Middle-earth. With RETURN, Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned tale to a stunning conclusion. As with THE TWO TOWERS, the director deftly weaves various storylines together in one remarkable scene after another. Spectacular visuals complement Jackson's sharp focus on the characters and their emotional battles. While the special effects help to create huge battles and frightening creatures on a previously unseen scale, they never outshine the excellent ensemble of actors who bring the heart of the story home. A truly astounding work of filmmaking, THE RETURN OF THE KING skillfully concludes one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history.

Awards:
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner

Cast List

Peter Jackson - New Zealand-born director, LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
Howard Shore
Andy Serkis - British actor, LORD OF THE RINGS series (2001-2003)
Bernard Hill - British Actor
David Wenham
Billy Boyd - Actor; "Peregrin Took" of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
Viggo Mortensen - American Actor
Barrie M. Osborne - Producer
Fran Walsh - Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
John Rhys-Davies - British Actor
John Noble - Actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
Dominic Monaghan - Actor, LORD OF THE RINGS, LOST
Hugo Weaving - Australian Actor/ Agent Smith in THE MATRIX
Rick Porras - Associate Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
Mark Ordesky - Executive Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
Karl Urban - Actor, THE PRICE OF MILK (2001)
Jamie Selkirk - Editor, KING KONG (2005)
Cate Blanchett - Australian Actress
Liv Tyler - Actress, model, THE STRANGERS, THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)
Elijah Wood - American actor
Ian McKellen - British Actor/Screenwriter
Sir Ian McKellen - British Actor/Screenwriter
Marton Csokas
Orlando Bloom - Actor, LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Michael Lynne - Executive Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
Andrew Lesnie - DOP
Miranda Otto - Australian actress
Sean Astin - Actor, THE GOONIES, RUDY
Philippa Boyens - Screenwriter, LORD OF THE FLIES (2001)
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
J.R.R. Tolkien - Fantasy Author
Robert Shaye - Producer/Executive
Bob Shaye - Producer/Executive

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 200
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043692925
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Fantasy
Monsters
War
Good Vs. Evil
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Essential Cinema
Based On A Novel

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: December 17, 2003

Reviews:
"...Peter Jackson has created the mack daddy of all movie fantasies, and RETURN OF THE KING brings the film version of Tolkien's trilogy to a combustibly exciting close..." - 12/25/2003 Rolling Stone, p.116


"...The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive..." - 12/19/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.51


"[K]ING is a meticulous and prodigious vision made by a director who was not hamstrung by heavy use of computer special-effects imagery." - 12/16/2003 New York Times, p.E1


"As a model for how to bring substance, authenticity and insight to the biggest of adventure yarns, this trilogy will not soon, if ever, find its equal." - 12/16/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"[T]he third film propels the work into the stratosphere of classic movies. Key characters are enhanced, new civilizations visited and battles fought more intensely, even as feelings and motivations are plumbed more deeply and movingly." - 12/19/2003 USA Today, p.7E


"RETURN OF THE KING dispatches its characters to their destinies with a grand and eloquent confidence. This is the best of the three..." - 12/17/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.74

 
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