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The Return of the King (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Action | Adventure  -  11 May 1980 (USA)
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Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

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Brother Theodore ...
Gollum / Smeagol (voice) (as Theodore)
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This film adapts the final book of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy where the Hobbits, Frodo and Samwise, struggle through the barren land of Mordor to destroy the Ruling Ring in Mount Doom. At the same time, Gandalf and the others wage a desperate battle against the forces of Sauron at Minas Tirith, but Sauron seems to have the upper hand while the source of his power, the Ring, slowly threatens to corrupt its bearers. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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El retorno del rey  »

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Orson Bean, who had previously played Bilbo in 'The Hobbit (1977)(TV)', plays Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in this film. In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, the part of Bilbo is played by Ian Holm, who had previously played Frodo in the BBC Radio adaptation. See more »

Goofs

"Minas Tirith" is mispronounced throughout the movie. It should be "Min-as Tirith", not "Mine-as Tirith". See more »

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Meriadoc Brandybuck: Nay, Pippin. Not till Bilbo has cut the cake.
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Referenced in South Park: Bass to Mouth (2011) See more »

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It's So Easy Not To Try
6 January 2008 | by (arizona) – See all my reviews

Having recently seen this version for the first time in a number of years, I can see its faults, but many of the reviewers here are way too hard on it. Tolkien's masterful trilogy was unfilmable in live action before the advent of CGI, but fans were clamoring for film versions anyway, and then hated them when they arrived. Oy veh! While this Rankin/Bass version was not as good as their THE HOBBIT, I still found it to be quite entertaining on its own level, as long as you don't compare it to Peter Jackson's impeccable epics. The voice cast was great, and it was quite ambitious for Rankin/Bass, known chiefly for their animated Christmas specials.

This film's haters should listen to the lyrics of one of Glenn Yarbrough's---It Is So Easy Not To Try. Rankin/Bass tried, and Tolkien fans who have expressed outrage over this would have been angrier if no one had tried back then. Everyone here needs to take a chill pill.


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