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

aka The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

"The eye of the enemy is moving."

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Details: 201 mins · English, Sindarin, Quenya · PG-13 (USA)

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Great ending

Overall, this trilogy is great and it shouldn't have taken me as long as it did to get around to watching it. I will say one thing though, the representation of women is severely lacking. I know it's of it's time and I'm thankful that at least Aowyn is as badass as she is. But Arwen, as much as I loved her felt a little lacking at times, and Galadriel had barely any screen time at all. And that was it for women really besides background characters.

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Excellent

The end to this great series might be a bit long in the end, but is still a great ending to the epic story og Tolkiens.

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one of the best movie..

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Cast:

Small Frodo Baggins
Small Gandalf the White
Small Aragorn
Small Arwen Evenstar
Small Legolas
Small Gimli & Treebeard (Voice)
Small Samwise Gamgee
Small Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Small Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Small Elrond
Small Théoden, King of Rohan
Small Gollum
Small Éowyn
Small Faramir
Small Éomer
Small Denethor
Small Bilbo Baggins
Small Galadriel
Small Gothmog & Witchking of Angmar
Small King of the Dead
Small Deagol
Small Mercenary On Boat
Small Rosie Cotton
Small Gothmog
Small Treebeard
Small Gríma Wormtongue
Small Boromir
Small Saruman
Small Théoden
Small Witch-king of Angmar
Small Gimli
Small Mouth of Sauron
No_movie_poster Orc / Sauron
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Crew:

Small Peter Jackson Director
No_movie_poster Howard Shore Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Barrie M. Osborne Producer
No_movie_poster Fran Walsh Screenplay
No_movie_poster Philippa Boyens Screenplay
Small J.R.R. Tolkien Novel
Small Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Mark Ordesky Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Michael Lynne Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Andrew Lesnie Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Grant Major Production Design
No_movie_poster Joe Bleakley Art Direction
No_movie_poster Rob Outterside Art Direction
No_movie_poster Mark Robins Art Direction
No_movie_poster John Howe Conceptual Design
No_movie_poster Ngila Dickson Costume Design
No_movie_poster Richard Taylor Costume Design
No_movie_poster Victoria Burrows Casting
No_movie_poster John Hubbard Casting
No_movie_poster Liz Mullane Casting
No_movie_poster Dan Hennah Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Jamie Selkirk Editor
Small Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Small Peter Jackson Production
No_movie_poster Fran Walsh Production
Small Peter Jackson Writer

Taglines:

"The eye of the enemy is moving."

"The Journey Ends."

"There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice."

Plot:

While on a fishing trip, Sméagol's cousin Déagol finds the One Ring in a river. Sméagol kills Déagol for the Ring and flees into a cave, becoming the creature Gollum.


Five centuries later, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Théoden, Gamling, and Éomer meet up with Merry, Pippin and Treebeard at Isengard. The group returns to Edoras, where Pippin looks into Saruman's recovered palantír, in which Sauron appears and invades his mind; Pippin tells him nothing regarding Frodo and the Ring. From this event, Gandalf deduces that Sauron is planning to attack Minas Tirith. Gandalf rides with Pippin to find Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, to whom Pippin swears his service. Gandalf urges Denethor to call Rohan for aid, but Denethor declines, fearing Aragorn and Gandalf plan to depose him. The Morgul army, led by the Nazgûl, drives the Gondorians out of Osgiliath. Denethor sends his son Faramir on a suicide mission to reclaim the city. Under instruction from Gandalf, Pippin evades city guards to light the distress beacon, signalling Théoden and Aragorn to assemble the Rohirrim for battle.


Elrond informs Aragorn that Arwen did not go to the Undying Lands, and is now dying. Believing their forces to be outnumbered by Sauron's, Elrond gives Aragorn the sword Andúril to acquire the service of the Army of the Dead, who owe allegiance to the heir of Isildur. Éowyn confesses her love for Aragorn and asks him not to go, but Aragorn reaffirms his love for Arwen and heads into battle. Accompanied by Legolas and Gimli, Aragorn ventures into the Paths of the Dead and gains the loyalty of the King of the Dead and his men by brandishing Andúril, proving himself the Heir of Isildur. At Dunharrow, Théoden rides off to war, unaware that Éowyn and Merry have secretly joined his forces.


Sauron's armies lay siege to Minas Tirith, led by the Witch-king. Believing a grievously wounded Faramir to be dead, Denethor tries to burn his son and himself alive, but Gandalf intervenes; he saves Faramir, but Denethor commits suicide. Just as the Gondorians are about to be overrun, the Rohirrim army arrives and counter-attacks in a massive cavalry charge led by Théoden. This shifts the tide of the battle, and the Orcs begin to retreat. However, the Haradrim arrive and join the Orc army, turning the tide. The Witch-king kills Théoden, only to be wounded by Merry and finished off by Éowyn. On the verge of defeat, the Rohirrim are saved when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli arrive with the Army of the Dead and overwhelm Sauron's forces, ending the battle. Aragorn frees the Army of the Dead and their souls go to the afterlife.


Meanwhile, Frodo, Sam and Gollum travel to Minas Morgul. Sam overhears Gollum's plans to murder them and take the Ring for himself. Gollum persuades Frodo that Sam wants the Ring for himself, and Frodo angrily tells Sam to go home. A heartbroken Sam leaves, but discovers Gollum's treachery and follows after them. Gollum betrays Frodo, leaving him in the lair of the giant spider Shelob, who paralyses Frodo before being wounded and driven away by Sam. An Orc patrol captures Frodo and takes him to Sauron's fortress. Sam rescues Frodo from the tower, and they continue the journey to Mount Doom.


Meanwhile, Aragorn leads his remaining men to the Black Gate of Mordor, distracting Sauron and his forces and allowing Sam and Frodo to enter Mount Doom. Sam carries the weakened Frodo up the volcano, but Gollum attacks them. At the Crack of Doom, Frodo succumbs to the Ring's power, refusing to destroy it. Gollum attacks Frodo and bites his finger off, seizing the Ring for himself. An enraged Frodo attacks Gollum, and they both fall over the edge. At the last second, Frodo grabs onto the ledge, leaving Gollum to fall into the lava, taking the Ring with him. As the Ring melts in the volcano, Sauron is destroyed and the land of Mordor collapses, taking down most of his forces.


Frodo and Sam are saved from the rising lava by Eagles, led by Gandalf. In the aftermath, Aragorn is crowned King, heralding a new age of peace, and marries Arwen while the four hobbits are bowed to by all of Gondor for their courageous efforts. The four Hobbits return home to the Shire, where Sam marries his childhood sweetheart. Four years later, Frodo leaves Middle-earth for the Undying Lands with Gandalf, Bilbo, Elrond, Celeborn, and Galadriel, leaving his account of their quest to Sam.

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2011-02-05 : Canada