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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Guard ...
Frodo (voice)
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Gandalf (voice)
Michael Scholes ...
Sam (voice)
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Aragorn (voice)
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Merry (voice)
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Pippin (voice)
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Bilbo (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ...
Boromir (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
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Legolas (voice)
David Buck ...
Gimli (voice)
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Gollum (voice)
Fraser Kerr ...
Saruman (voice)
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Theoden (voice)
Michael Deacon ...
Wormtongue (voice)
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Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)
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Storyline

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$626,649, 19 November 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,471,420, 31 December 1979
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(5.1) (L-R)| (Dolby 5.1) (5.1) (L-R)

Color:

(DeLuxe)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Boorman originally envisioned making the entire trilogy as a single one hour and forty minute film. Ralph Bakshi heard that he was going to do this, and, as a fan of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and J.R.R. Tolkien, was horrified. When Boorman's plans to bring Tolkien's novels to the screen fell apart, Bakshi approached J.R.R. Tolkien's daughter to do the novels as a trilogy of animated films. Tolkien's daughter loved Bakshi's fantasy Wizards (1977), so she gave him the rights to The Lord of the Rings. Bakshi filmed "The Fellowship of the Rings" and "The Two Towers" (which were collapsed into a single two-and-a-half hour film), and had planned to film "The Return of the King", but the trilogy was never completed. See more »

Goofs

The Dwarf Gimli is almost as tall as the human and Elven characters in this movie. Presumably the actor who played him in the live-action footage was insufficiently short, and it was considered impractical to shrink him in the rotoscoping process. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Woah, Sam Gamgee, your legs are too short, so use your head!
[thinking]
Sam: Nim, nim, nim, nim, nim... the boats!
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Soundtracks

There is an Inn
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Christopher Guard
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Vastly Underrated Don't Listen To Tolkien Fanboys - Best LOTR Adaptation.
5 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

First of all no adaptation is ever as good as the book, especially when you're dealing with master writer like Tolkien. This ADAPTATION wonderfully synthesizes Tolkien's universe with 1970s psychedelia, aesthetics, and liberal culture. Yes - the animation and background painting is sometimes a little "rough" in its technical execution but it's beautiful none the less, and very evocative in terms of giving a unique "sense of place" to each of the scenes. Beyond the absolute uniqueness in imagery is the absolutely outstanding voice acting - acting that's FAR superior to the acting in the new live action movies. And while the cell animation might not be the most "technically proficient" animation it superbly captures the expressive bodily and facial gestures of the acting while at once not forgetting to be subtle and nuanced. The background paintings vary from traditional "fantasy" motif to outright abstraction, but the transition to abstracted settings is always motivated by the narrative and contributes greatly to the themes of the film. If you're a person who has to have extensive computer rendering in a film so that everything is visualized for you then I can see how you might not like this movie but if you enjoy superior acting, transcendental imagery, and JRR Tolkien then this film is a must see.


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