The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingDecember 17, 2003
The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 8.9/10 (505,928 voted)
Critic's Score: 94/100
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
While Frodo & Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading them, the former Fellowship aid Rohan & Gondor in a great battle in the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages his last war against Middle-Earth.
Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh
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This Christmas the journey ends.
Release Date: 17 December 2003
Filming Locations: Camperdown Studios, Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $72,629,713
(19 December 2003)
(25 November 2011)
(Special Extended Blu-Ray Edition)
Did You Know?
Peter Jackson's first two choices for the role of Aragorn were Daniel Day-Lewis and 'Russell Crowe (I)'. Crowe was excited about the prospect of being involved with a major motion picture in New Zealand, but couldn't commit due to scheduling conflicts in America.
During the Black Gates scene, Gimli's body double is seen in a frontal shot that last at least one and a half seconds.
Smeagol, I've got one! I've got a fish, Smeag. Smeagol!
Pull it in. Go on. Go on. Go on. Pull it in.
Peter Jackson has done it. He has created an all-encompassing epic saga
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
I've never seen a series like this. A trilogy of movies created with
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
As a stand alone film, it picks up immediately where "Two Towers" ends,
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
it with a rushed sense of perspective. I wanted to make sure everything
this film was done "right". And when it happened, it was. I will need
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
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.
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
years. It was truly a bittersweet feeling in realizing that there will
no "Rings" movie in 2004. I will miss this talented group of
As with the first two, the film is very long, but goes by without you
truly realizing it. This film is so much more than a simple "fantasy"
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
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
is a true credit for adding the inspirational heart to this epic. As as
as the ending goes, they ended it the way that it had to be ended.
ended this film the way it should have been.
I will miss looking forward to a new "Rings" movie, but these movies
hope that high-quality films can still be made without special effects
taking over a story, bathroom humor, or a "Top 40" soundtrack. George
could learn a lot from these films about how not to alienate the
Each film has earned a "10" from me for the last two years, which for me
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
care that anyone involved with these films put into them.