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

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy


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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 and Bernard Hill in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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  • New Zealand premiere photo courtesy of New Line Cinema Productions
  • Sean Astin and Peter Jackson in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Broke the international box-office record for an opening weekend, bringing in nearly two hundred fifty million dollars.


Quotes

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.


Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Gandalf confronts Saruman at Orthanc. Saruman is standing on the top-most platform of Orthanc 500 feet above the ground, while Gandalf and his party are standing very close to the bottom of the tower. It is clear from the elevated camera angles that those on the ground would have to be looking almost straight up to be able to see Saruman, and Saruman would have to be leaning out over the edge looking nearly straight down to be able to see those on the ground. Thus the entire scene is logistically impossible as depicted. The actors on the ground are not looking up nearly high enough to see Saruman, and when Legolas shoots his bow he is not aiming high enough to reach the top of the tower. Saruman is not close enough to the edge to even be visible from the base of the tower, and Wormtongue is even further back than Saruman, yet he is somehow shot by Legolas from below. Finally, it would not be possible for them to hear and speak to one another at that distance. It would be like standing on top of a 50 story building (Orthanc is 500 feet tall) casually talking to someone on the ground. That is why in the book, Saruman and Wormtongue speak to Gandalf from a window above the entrance, instead of from the top of the tower.


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.

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

Details

Release Date:

17 December 2003

Language

English, Quenya, Old English, Sindarin


Country of Origin

USA, New Zealand

Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,764,458 (Austria) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$377,845,905 (USA) (28 June 2011)

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