• The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

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: Adventure , Fantasy

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Saul Zaentz Company

Distributors: New Line Cinema

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    David EdelsteinSlate

    A glorious, visceral mess -- The film is, by most criteria, an ungainly piece of storytelling. Yet it sweeps you up and hurtles you along like water from an exploded dike. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Moviegoers should be almost as entranced by the teeming, glorious landscapes and dark, bloody battlegrounds of Two Towers: astonishing midpoint of an epic movie fantasy journey for the ages. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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