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The Hobbit (1977)

A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Bilbo Baggins (voice)
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Smaug (voice)
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The Elvenking (voice)
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Elrond (voice)
Brother Theodore ...
Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
Paul Frees ...
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Dwalin / Fíli / Kíli / Óin / Glóin / Ori / Nori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Orc / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Don Messick ...
Balin / Tom - Troll #3 / Grinnah - The Goblin / Goblin / Orc / Gwaihir - Lord of the Eagles (voice)
John Stephenson ...
Dori / Bard / Great Goblin (voice)
Glenn Yarbrough ...
The Balladeer (voice)
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Storyline

Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one evening . One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their kingdom, taken from them by an evil dragon named Smaug. The only problem is that Gandalf has told the dwarves that Bilbo is an expert burglar, but he isn't.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Based on the original version of the Hobbit.


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Release Date:

27 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Hobbit  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The dwarves' map and runes upon it are an exact copy of the version included in the book, although the phrase indicated as written in the moon runes is incorrect. When Elrond holds the map of Lonely Mountain up to the moon and reads; "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the setting sun will shine upon the keyhole," the runes shown actually read; "Five feet high the door, and three may walk abreast," the part of the map that was already visible, hence Gandalf's comment about the door being too small for Smaug to notice it. See more »

Goofs

When Smaug attacks Lake-town a full moon is visible. However, as this is Durin's Day, the moon should be a thin crescent just past the phase of the new moon. See more »

Quotes

[as Bilbo escapes Erebor]
Dori: We should have gone with him!
Thorin: To be roasted alive?
Dwarves: [Bilbo comes out] It's the burglar.
Dori: Free cheers for good old Bilbo.
Bilbo Baggins: Thank you. But I'd appreciate a more pragmatic salute. In other words... EXTINGUISH ME!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Projected Man (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Under the Lonely Mountain
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyrics adapted by Jules Bass
Music by Maury Laws
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favorite childhood movie
22 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems that everyone who gives this movie a low rating comments on the same problems, poor animation, poor adaption from the book, etc. However it seems to me that they are forgetting three very important things: 1. This movie was made for TV, so it had a lower budget than it would have in Hollywood, 2. It was made in 1977, so it has a lower quality animation than we are now used to now, and 3. It is a children's movie, they had to make it child friendly.

I remember spending a whole summer of my childhood watching this movie over and over again, nearly wearing out the tape. I have since read the book and still love and own the movie. In fact, to this day every time the subject of LOTR comes up I start humming "the greatest adventure...".


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