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


Coming Out at 17 December 2003 in theaters

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the third volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The film is the third instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and was produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Jackson and Fran Walsh, and written by Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson. The film features an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, and Sean Bean. It was preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002).

Continuing the plot of The Two Towers, Frodo, Sam and Gollum are making their final way toward Mount Doom in Mordor in order to destroy the One Ring, unaware of Gollum’s true intentions, while Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and the rest are joining forces together against Sauron and his legions in Minas Tirith.

Two Hobbits, Sméagol and Déagol, are fishing when Déagol discovers the One Ring in the river. Sméagol is ensnared by the Ring, and kills his friend for it. He retreats into the Misty Mountains as the Ring twists his body and mind, until he becomes the creature Gollum.

Centuries later, during the War of the Ring, Gandalf leads Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and King Théoden to Isengard, where they reunite with Merry and Pippin. Gandalf retrieves the defeated Saruman’s palantír. Pippin later looks into the seeing-stone and is seen by Sauron. From Pippin’s description of his visions, Gandalf surmises that Sauron will attack Gondor’s capital Minas Tirith. He rides there to warn Gondor’s steward Denethor, taking Pippin with him.

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler


Noel ApplebyEverard Proudfoot
Ali AstinElanor Gamgee
Sean AstinSam
David AstonGondorian Soldier 3
John BachMadril
Sean BeanBoromir
Cate BlanchettGaladriel
Orlando BloomLegolas
Billy BoydPippin
Sadwyn BrophyEldarion
Alistair BrowningDamrod
Marton CsokasCeleborn
Richard EdgeGondorian Soldier 1
Jason FitchUruk 2
Bernard HillTheoden
Ian HolmBilbo
Bruce HopkinsGamling
Ian HughesIrolas
Lawrence MakoareWitchking / Gothmog
Ian McKellenGandalf
Bret McKenzieElf Escort
Sarah McLeodRosie Cotton
Maisy McLeod-RieraBaby Gamgee
Dominic MonaghanMerry
Viggo MortensenAragorn
John NobleDenethor
Paul NorellKing of the Dead
Miranda OttoEowyn
Bruce PhillipsGrimbold
Shane RangiHarad Leader 2
John Rhys-DaviesGimli
Todd RipponHarad Leader 1
Thomas RobinsDeagol
Andy SerkisGollum / Smeagol
Harry SinclairIsildur
Peter TaitShagrat
Joel TobeckOrc Lieutenant 1
Liv TylerArwen
Karl UrbanEomer
Stephen UreGorbag
Hugo WeavingElrond
David WenhamFaramir
Elijah WoodFrodo
Alan HowardVoice of the Ring (voice)
Sala BakerFeatured Orc
Robert PollockFeatured Orc
Ross DuncanFeatured Orc
Pete SmithFeatured Orc
Jed BrophyFeatured Orc
Lee HartleyFeatured Orc
Billy JacksonFeatured Child
Katie JacksonFeatured Child
Phil GrieveOrc commander
Brad DourifWormtongue
Christopher LeeSaruman
Bruce SpenceBlack Lieutenant
Jane AbbottCoronation Elf
Gino AcevedoCorsair of Umbar
Aidan BellOrc
Jarl BenzonCoronation Elf
Jørn BenzonRivendell Elf
Luke BurnyeatOrc
Robert CattoGondorian / Rohan / Orc
Emma DeakinDiamond of Long Cleave
Michael ElsworthCirdan the Shipwright
Clint ElvyHaradrim Warrior
Zo HartleyOrc Helper
Peter JacksonCorsair Bosun
Sandro KoppCoronation Elf
Andrew LesnieCorsair of Umbar
Joseph Mika-HuntOrc
Henry MortensenPelennor Orc
Craig ParkerGothmog / Orc Lieutenant 1 (voice)
Rick PorrasCorsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard
Christian RiversCorsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard
Michael SemanickDrinking Rohan Soldier
Howard ShoreDrinking Rohan Soldier
John StephensonWitchking (voice)
Richard TaylorCorsair of Umbar
Royd TolkienGondorian Ranger

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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