The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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USA | 2003 | 201 minutes | Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson's landmark Lord of the Rings trilogy comes to a rousing conclusion, as the remaining members of the Fellowship converge upon Minas Tirith and Mount Doom for the final battle to destroy the One Ring. Winner of 11 Academy Awards®.

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In 1999, Peter Jackson, a New Zealand-based director known for cheeky horror comedies, would risk everything on an epic undertaking—adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings” into a trilogy of films. Long thought unadaptable, Jackson assured his bosses that he was the man for the job and proceeded with the 16-month shoot, filming all three movies together using a crew of hundreds. The risk would pay off, earning nearly $3 billion worldwide and netting 30 Academy Awards® nominations. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King brings the trilogy to a rousing conclusion as the remaining members of the Fellowship launch their final attack in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. On the battlefield, Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen), warrior Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) gather the World of Men against Sauron’s army, while Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) secretly make their way to Mount Doom (with Gollum close on their tail), where they will once and for all destroy the One Ring and in turn Sauron’s power. The Return of the King earned all 11 Oscars® for which it was nominated, an awards haul tied only with Titanic (1997) and Ben-Hur (1959).

Director Biography

Screenwriter and director Peter Jackson was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1961. With his impeccable attention to detail, his award-winning works have changed the face of special effects in the cinema world. He is the co-founder of Weta Digital, the visual-effects company that has been a part of creating stunning visual effects for many projects, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Principal Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Sean Bean
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 201 minutes
  • Producer: Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
  • Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
  • Cinematographers: Andrew Lesnie
  • Editors: Jamie Selkirk
  • Music: Howard Shore
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Academy Awards 2004 (Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects), Golden Globes 2004 (Best Director, Original Score, Original Song, Motion Picture), BAFTA Awards 2004 (Orange Film of the Year, Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Achievement in Special Visual Effects), Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 (Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture), AFI Awards 2003 (Movie of the Year)
  • Filmography: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013); The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012); Lovely Bones (2012); King Kong (2005); The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002); The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001); The Frighteners (1996); Heavenly Creatures (1996); Dead Alive (1992); Meet the Feebles (1989); Bad Taste (1987)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Warner Bros