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Release Year: 2003

Rating: 8.9/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen

The final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits: 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.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Noel Appleby, Ali Astin, Sean Astin, David Aston, John Bach, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Sadwyn Brophy, Alistair Browning, Marton Csokas, Richard Edge, Jason Fitch, Bernard Hill, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 - Eldarion
Alistair Browning - Damrod
Marton Csokas - Celeborn
Richard Edge - Gondorian Soldier 1
Jason Fitch - Uruk 2
Bernard Hill - Theoden

Taglines: This Christmas the journey ends.


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy |

Country: USA, New Zealand

Language: English, Quenya, Old English, Sindarin

Release Date: 3 Jan 2003

Filming Locations: Dry Creek Quarry, Wellington, New Zealand

Gross: $1,119,929,521, 25 November 2011

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Sir Christopher Lee read The Lord of the Rings once a year until his death in 2015, and is the only member of the cast to have met J.R.R. Tolkien. See more »

When Arwen is reading the book after she sees the vision, there is a picture on the right-hand page. When she drops the book there is no picture there. See more »


User Review


Rating: 10/10

Peter Jackson has done it. He has created an all-encompassing epic saga of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books, and after coming away from the final chapter, how does this rate not only as a film on its own, but as a part of the whole?


I've never seen a series like this. A trilogy of movies created with such love and care and utter perfection of craft that you can't help but walk away and wonder how did Peter Jackson make this possible? I have always loved the original "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series for their epic storytelling, and just for just fitting in as a great moment in cinema. This should be, will be, remembered with as much revered fondness for generations to come. They do not make films like these anymore.

As a stand alone film, it picks up immediately where "Two Towers" ends, so brush up before seeing it. I've read the books, and the anticipation of seeing some of the more profound moments in this film made me kind of view it with a rushed sense of perspective. I wanted to make sure everything in this film was done "right". And when it happened, it was. I will need to see this again to enjoy everything on a more casual level.

The cast comes through once more. The musical score retains its beauty, elegance and power. The special effects, notably Gollum again, are nothing less than breathtaking, and simply move the story along. The battles are monumentally huge and exciting. There are some liberties taken with the story, especially during the end with the homecoming, and yet, everything that needed to be covered regarding the main characters was handled. After the greatest moment of the series resolves itself, the story provided a breather. And gives a good-bye to friends seen on screen for the last three years. It was truly a bittersweet feeling in realizing that there will be no "Rings" movie in 2004. I will miss this talented group of actors.

As with the first two, the film is very long, but goes by without you ever truly realizing it. This film is so much more than a simple "fantasy" epic. It's a story about strength of character, friendship, loyalty and love. And while every member of the Fellowship has their part to play, I finally understood why some critics have said this series is a story about Sam. It's his unwavering resolve that led the quest to its victory. Sean Astin is a true credit for adding the inspirational heart to this epic. As as far as the ending goes, they ended it the way that it had to be ended. Jackson ended this film the way it should have been.

I will miss looking forward to a new "Rings" movie, but these movies provide hope that high-quality films can still be made without special effects taking over a story, bathroom humor, or a "Top 40" soundtrack. George Lucas could learn a lot from these films about how not to alienate the fanbase.

Each film has earned a "10" from me for the last two years, which for me to give is a rarity. This one, however, is as equally deserving as its two predecessors. The Academy had better not look over this film for "Best Picture" of 2003. To do so would be greatly disrespectful of the craft and care that anyone involved with these films put into them.


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