The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Release Date: December 18th, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 2003

PG-13 |2 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" follows the continuing quest of Frodo (Elijah Wood) and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell.

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

Director: Peter Jackson

Genres: Fantasy , Adventure

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Saul Zaentz Company

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Underdog , Dark , Suspenseful , Survival , Temptation , Quest , Intense , Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Jackson's superior sequel to last year's first installment in his Rings cycle - resurrects the beloved Gandalf (majestic Ian McKellen) and rejuvenates the audience, too. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    What strikes one more than anything in Towers is the material's dreamlike quality. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Casts a spell and then some -- a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Winner Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Winner Sound Editing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Visual Effects
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Winner Orange Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama