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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Frodo and Sam continue on to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring. Whilst their former companions make new allies and launch an assault on Isengard.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 8.7/10 (453,785 voted)

Critic's Score: 88/100

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

Sauron's forces increase. His allies grow. The Ringwraiths return in an even more frightening form. Saruman's army of Uruk Hai is ready to launch an assault against Aragorn and the people of Rohan. Yet, the Fellowship is broken and Boromir is dead. For the little hope that is left, Frodo and Sam march on into Mordor, unprotected. A number of new allies join with Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Pippin and Merry. And they must defend Rohan and attack Isengard. Yet, while all this is going on, Sauron's troops mass toward the City of Gondor, for the War of the Ring is about to begin.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh

Bruce Allpress - Aldor
Sean Astin - Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
John Bach - Madril
Sala Baker - Man Flesh Uruk
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Orlando Bloom - Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd - Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Jed Brophy - Sharku / Snaga
Sam Comery - Éothain
Brad Dourif - Grima Wormtongue
Calum Gittins - Haleth
Bernard Hill - Theoden
Bruce Hopkins - Gamling
Paris Howe Strewe - Théodred - Prince of Rohan
Christopher Lee - Saruman the White

Taglines: A New Power Is Rising.


Official Website: Aurum [Spain] | New Line Cinema |

Release Date: 18 December 2002

Filming Locations: Camperdown Studios, Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand

Box Office Details

Budget: $94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €1,403,000 (Netherlands) (21 December 2002) (148 Screens)

Gross: $926,047,111 (Worldwide) (25 November 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (special extended edition)  | (extended edition)

Did You Know?

The theatrical version contains roughly 800 special effects shots. The DVD Extended Edition adds about another 160 to that total.

Revealing mistakes: (Flipped shot) When Legolas says in Elvish, "There's something out there," the Elvish Brooches (leaf brooches holding their cloaks together) are facing the opposite direction. Peter Jackson first noticed this error while recording the Extended DVD Director commentary.

[first lines]
Gandalf: You cannot pass!
Frodo: Gandalf!
Gandalf: I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. Go back to the shadow. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun! You shall not pass!
Galadriel: The power of the enemy is growing. Sauron will use his puppet Saruman to destroy the people of Rohan. Isengard has been unleashed. The Eye of Sauron now turns to Gondor, the last free kingdom of men. His war on this country will come swiftly. He senses the Ring is close...

User Review

An Epic in every sense of the word.

Rating: 10/10

Peter Jackson truly outdid himself when creating the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and he fails to disappoint us in the 2nd part of the Trilogy. The Two Towers shows us that he is not a one-hit wonder, like so many directors are. I actually think that The Two Towers reaches the same level as the Fellowship of the Ring, and sometimes even surpasses it.

This film is the biggest film in the trilogy. What do I mean by that? Well this film has so many things going like the amazing Battle of Helms Deep. Frodo and Sam journey to Mount Doom, to destroy the Ring. But the one who's leading them through the way is Gollum, he looks so creepy and realistic, that he doesn't feel disconnected from us. A powerful performance by Andy Serkis as Gollum, he should of been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

The Best part of the film, is quite easily and everyone knows it the ending. The ending of the battle of Helm's Deep is quite breathtaking, and as Gandalf the White comes in the distance with another army to defeat the Orcs. When Treebeard and his army of Entz tear down Isengard, the destruction and the battle is so immense in size, that you truly have to see to believe.

In size and scale, Peter Jackson has truly redefined the word "epic" and he also pays attention to the small things that truly elevate this movie from great to amazing. I definitely recommend this film to everyone, but you really should watch the first movie to truly understand what's going on.


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