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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Original title
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Year
Running time
201 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens (Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien)
Music
Howard Shore
Cinematography
Andrew Lesnie
Cast
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Producer
Coproduction USA-New Zeland; New Line Cinema
Genre
Fantasy. Adventure. Action | Medieval Fantasy. Sword and Sorcery. Epic film. Sequel
Movie Groups
The Lord of the Rings
New
Official Site
http://www.lordoftherings.net/
Synopsis / Plot
Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king. But can Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) answer the call of his heritage and become what he was born to be? In no small measure, the fate of Middle-earth rests on his broad shoulders.
With the final battle joined and the legions of darkness gathering, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) urgently tries to rally Gondor's broken army to action. He is aided by Rohan's King Theoden (Bernard Hill), who unites his warriors for history's biggest test. Yet even with their courage and passionate loyalty, the forces of men--with Eowyn (Miranda Otto) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan) hidden among them--are no match for the enemies swarming against Gondor. Still, in the face of great losses, they charge forward into the battle of their lifetimes, tied together by their singular goal to keep Sauron distracted and give the Ring Bearer a chance to complete his quest. Their hopes rest with Frodo (Elijah Wood), a tiny but determined hobbit making a perilous trip across treacherous enemy lands to cast the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. The closer Frodo gets to his final destination, the heavier his burden becomes and the more he must rely on Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin). Gollum--and the Ring itself--will test Frodo's allegiances and, ultimately, his humanity. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King concludes the epic story of these characters, their relationships and rivalries, and reveals how through courage, commitment and determination even the least of us can change the world.
Awards
2003: 11 Academy Awards, including Best Movie and Director. 11 Nominations
2003: 4 Golden Globes: Best Movie Drama, Director, OST, Original Song
2003: 4 BAFTA Awards, inc. Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay. 12 Nominations
2003: National Board of Review: Best Cast
2003: Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Movie
2003: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director and Production Design
2003: Toronto Film Festival: Best Director (Peter Jackson)
2003: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2003: 4 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture, Director, Acting Ensemble and Composer
2003: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Film, Director and Original Score
2003: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
2003: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
2003: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2003: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Critics' reviews
  • "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" achieved an unprecedented sweep, winning all 11 of its nominations.
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