MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,853 this week

The Return of the King (1980)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  11 May 1980 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 2,580 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 17 critic

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Writers:

(novels), (adapted for the screen)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 23 May 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 21 Jun 2014
 
a list of 36 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Return of the King (TV Movie 1980)

The Return of the King (TV Movie 1980) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Return of the King.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Strider must hunt down Gollum to keep the Ring secret.

Director: Chris Bouchard
Stars: Adrian Webster, Arin Alldridge, Patrick O'Connor
Born of Hope (2009)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A scattered people, the descendants of storied sea-kings of the ancient West, struggle to survive in a lonely wilderness as a dark force relentlessly bends its will toward their destruction... See full summary »

Director: Kate Madison
Stars: Christopher Dane, Beth Aynsley, Kate Madison
Documentary | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Sean Buckley
Stars: J.R.R. Tolkien
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle Earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary of the making of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the classic Tolkien work.

Stars: Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom
Director: Stephen Grant
Stars: Anke Buttner, Humphrey Carpenter, Bob Catley
Wizards (1977)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Jesse Welles, Bob Holt, Richard Romanus
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
The Hobbit (1966)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A homebody hobbit finds himself going on a quest to save a dwarfish treasure from a dragon in this loose adaptation of the classic novel.

Director: Gene Deitch
Stars: Herb Lass
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

The film is set in Middle Earth after the events of The Hobbit. Aragorn, a young man prophesied to be the future king of Gondor, is growing up in an elvish household. He is set on a quest ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Stitt
Stars: Johnathon Krautkramer, Alex Wank, Chanel Volpel
Return of the King (TV Movie 2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tyler Meyer
Stars: Brad Stapleton, Jeff Weinkam
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Joseph Sikorski
Stars: Mike Calomino, Alex Kuciw, Steve Strangio
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Aragorn (voice)
...
Lord Denethor (voice)
...
Gandalf (voice)
...
Samwise Gamgee (voice)
Brother Theodore ...
Gollum / Smeagol (voice) (as Theodore)
Paul Frees ...
Don Messick ...
John Stephenson ...
...
Sonny Melendrez ...
...
Eowyn / Dernhelm (voice)
Glenn Yarbrough ...
The Minstrel (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Story of Hobbits. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El retorno del rey  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Many Tolkien fans were disappointed when Ralph Bakshi's 1978 adaptation of "Lord of the Rings" covered only the first two books of Tolkien's trilogy. When it became clear that Bakshi would not produce a sequel, Rankin and Bass finished the story for him with this TV movie. This production is considered by many fans to be vastly superior to Bakshi's 1978 movie. See more »

Goofs

Many names of locations and characters are mispronounced: Gorgoroth as Gorogoroth, Minas Tirith as Mine-as Tirith (instead of Me-nas), Cirith Ungol as Sirith Ungol (insteaf of Kirith), Smaug as Smog (instead of Sma-ug), Sauron as Soron (instead of Sow-ron), Lebennin as LebEnnin (instead of LEbennin). See more »

Quotes

Meriadoc Brandybuck: Nay, Pippin. Not till Bilbo has cut the cake.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Flight of Dragons (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


8 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why were the movies so different treehugger1964
Crusts on or off? ywrose1
Anyone else discover tolkien because of these? misterpianoman
Awesome movie. missheatherness
WHERE CAN I GET THE SONGS?!?! bocefus15
Cover?! filmmaker0
Discuss The Return of the King (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page