The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004)

 ●  English ● 3 hrs 31 mins

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In the third and final instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the ultimate battle for Middle Earth continues as the war between the forces of good and evil rages on in the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages his last war against Middle-Earth. Meanwhile, away from the roving dark eye, Frodo and Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading them and his ulterior motives behind the act of being a helpful guide. Will the forces of good succeed in fending off Sauron's attack until Frodo reaches Mount Doom, where the ring can be destroyed? Is the destruction of the One Ring even going to turn out to be possible?
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as Elanor Gamgee
as Frodo
as Gandalf
as Sam
as Aragorn
as Damrod
as Gollum / Smeagol
as Theoden
as Pippin
as Elf Escort
as Gamling
as Grimbold
as Galadriel
as Gondorian Soldier 3
as Faramir
as Merry
as Isildur
as Elrond
as Bilbo
as Madril
as Denethor
as Arwen
as Celeborn
as Eowyn
as Legolas
as Rosie Cotton
as Boromir

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director

Writers

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Designer
Sound Effects Editor
Foley Artist

Art

Production Designer

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

Editor

Makeup and Hair

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital EX, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
The eye of the enemy is moving.
This Christmas the journey ends.
There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice.
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Elrond comes to give the newly re-forged Narsil to Aragorn, a gust of wind suddenly blows up, knocking over a suit of armor in the background. The armor makes no noise as it crashes however.

Audio/Video Mismatch
Prior to Faramir's ride to re-capture Osgiliath, Gandalf challenges him. There is one shot where Faramir comments on the "Men of Gondor" there are a number of words before this phrase but his lips do not appear to moving.

Character Error
When Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli enter Isengard, Treebeard calls Gandalf "young master Gandalf". Gandalf was present during the creation of the world, and therefore is much older than Treebeard.

Continuity
During the final battle in front of the gates of Mordor the entire army of Gondor and Rohan are on horses. But when the war begins the horses are nowhere to be seen.

Continuity
When Gollum drops the lembas from the bridge, you see the leaves it was wrapped in falling away, and the wafers fall generally straight down. However, when Sam finds it later, the lembas is still mostly wrapped in the leaves, with only a few morsels broken off and laying around unwrapped.

Continuity
In the "Voice of Saruman Scene", Treebeard starts and ends the scene in front of Orthanc's door. Throughout the scene, Treebeard is nowhere to be seen.
Trivia:
A normal major motion picture averages about 200 effects shots but this film had 1488 effects shots.

Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood were given prop rings used in the movie by director Peter Jackson.

Viggo Mortensen estimates that, during the course of filming the entire trilogy and including all takes, he killed every stuntman on the production at least fifty times.

According to a magazine article, Peter Jackson hated the Army of the Dead; he thought it was too unbelievable and kept it in the script because he did not wish to disappoint die hard fans of the book trilogy.

Billy Boyd's singing scene largely came about because Philippa Boyens went for a night out at a karaoke bar with the younger male cast members and she was very struck by the quality of his voice.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy became the most nominated film series in Academy Award history with 30 nominations, surpassing both the Godfather trilogy and the Star Wars franchise.

Peter Jackson is arachnophobic and based the Shelob design on the types of spiders he feared the most.

While filming the trilogy, Viggo Mortensen got so into character that during a conversation, Peter Jackson referred to him as "Aragorn" for over half an hour without Mortensen's realizing it.

The final day of filming on the trilogy actually happened over a month after this movie was theatrically released, and three weeks after the 2004 Academy Awards. Peter Jackson arranged to film one final shot of skulls on the floor in the tunnel of the Paths of the Dead, which was included in the Extended Edition of ROTK. He thought it was funny to be doing filming on a movie that had already won the Best Picture Oscar.

The movie marks the second time in history that the third movie in a trilogy was nominated for Best Picture, by the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, after The Godfather: Part III and the only time that a third movie has won the Best Picture Oscar.

Shelob's shriek is the combination of several elements, including the sounds of a plastic alien toy, steam hisses, and the shriek of a Tasmanian Devil.
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