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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Original title
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Running time
201 min.
New Zealand New Zealand
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens. Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien
Howard Shore
Andrew Lesnie
Co-production New Zealand-United States;
Wingnut Films. Distributor: New Line Cinema
Fantasy. Adventure. Action | Medieval Fantasy. Sword and Sorcery. Epic film. Sequel. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
J. R. R. Tolkien adaptations | The Lord of the Rings trilogy
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.
Rankings Position
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 Film. 2 Nominations
2003: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director & 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 Picture, Director & Original Score. 7 Nom.
2003: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Director
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
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