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PG-13| 3 hr. 20 min.

Plot Summary
The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the `one ring', while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

Cast: Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen , Liv Tyler , Viggo Mortensen , Sean Astin , Cate Blanchett , John Rhys-Davies , Bernard Hill

Director: Peter Jackson

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Distributor: New Line Cinema

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

Release Date: December 17th, 2003|3 hr. 20 min.

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fan reviews ( 11 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though an estimable success overall, The Return of the King has several scenes too many and too great a concentration on battles. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    As good as each individual movie is, the third film vaults the work into the stratosphere of classic movies. Key characters are enhanced, new civilizations visited and battles fought more intensely, while feelings and motivations are plumbed more deeply and movingly. show more

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