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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  15 November 1978 (USA)
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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Guard ...
Frodo Baggins / Mr. Underhill (voice)
William Squire ...
Michael Scholes ...
Norman Bird ...
Michael Graham Cox ...
Boromir - Son of Denethor (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
David Buck ...
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Gollum / Smeagol (voice)
Fraser Kerr ...
Saruman The White Sorcerer / Narrator (segment "Epilogue") (voice)
Philip Stone ...
Michael Deacon ...
Lord Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)


A young Hobbit named Frodo (Guard) is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandalf (Squire), Aragorn (Hurt) and Boromir (Cox). It's not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil. Written by Film_Fan

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Release Date:

15 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,521,217 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(5.1) (L-R)| (Dolby 5.1) (5.1) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Author JRR Tolkien was friends with author CS Forester, and two of the Hobbit families in the Shire mentioned by Bilbo, the Bracegirdles and the Hornblowers, are a tribute to Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels. See more »


The night Boromir tries to persuade Frodo to lend him the ring, the moon is behind Frodo, but it is also behind Boromir as well. See more »


[a crow abruptly caws and takes off into the sky]
Frodo Baggins: Because of Gollum! Oh, Gandalf... what am I to do? What a pity that Bilbo didn't kill that vile creature when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Yes, it was pity. Pity and mercy.
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Referenced in Enteng Kabisote: Okay ka fairy, the legend (2004) See more »


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Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
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This is a great film!
19 April 2002 | by (Colorado, U.S) – See all my reviews

First of all, the only reason people keep bitching about this film is because they can't stand a few parts of the true story being "altered". Well guess what? Peter Jackson's film wasn't a perfect rendition either. Well enough ranting. This is a very beautiful film. The backgrounds are gorgeous and taken from well known Tolkein artists. The film covers about half the trilogy (Fellowship of the Ring and up to the battle of Helms Deep in the Two Towers) and moves at a good pace. The voice casting is top notch and the most of the characters look like I imagined they would. Samwise is a bit too ugly for my tastes, but Aragorn looks AWESOME. The film has a great score that completely supports the movie. If you enjoy good fantasy stories but hate reading (the books are even better) give this movie a try, keeping in mind it was made 20 odd years ago.

Also of particular note: Peter Jackson's adaption of Fellowship follows almost exactly the same strand as Ralph Bakshi's (Jackson has said many times how much he admired Bakshi's effort).

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