PG | | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.
André Morell previously appeared in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) opposite Sir Christopher Lee and John Le Mesurier, who played Saruman and Bilbo in Peter Jackson's movies and the BBC Radio drama. This made Morell the first of four Doctor Watsons, and Le Mesurier the first of two Bilbos, to appear in a Sherlock Holmes movie and a Middle-earth movie. Sir Michael Hordern voiced the older Watson in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), and played Gandalf in the BBC Radio drama. John Rhys-Davies voiced Watson in Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010), and played Gimli in Peter Jackson's movies. Martin Freeman played Watson on Sherlock (2010), and played Bilbo in Peter Jackson's movies.
One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them. One ring to keep them all, and in the darkness bind them!
The Dwarf Gimli is almost as tall as the human and Elven characters in this movie. Presumably the actor who played him in the live-action footage was insufficiently short, and it was considered impractical to shrink him in the rotoscoping process.
The voiceover at the end of the film has been changed for recent home video releases. The original voiceover, heard after the credits were over, stated (paraphrased), "And so ends the first part of the Lord of the Rings." (At the time, a second film was planned, but the studio refused to fund the film's budget.) The new voice-over, as heard on recent DVD releases as the film comes to its stunning climax, states, "The forces of darkness were driven forever from the face of Middle Earth by the valiant friends of Frodo. As their gallant battle ended, so, too, does the first great tale of the Lord of the Rings."
$626,649 (USA) (19 November 1978)
$921,769 (USA) (19 November 1978)
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