The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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Sex & Nudity

There is no sex or nudity in the movie.

One kissing scene between two characters

Violence & Gore

Thousands of orcs, some in transportable towers, charge a city of men. The orcs fire catapults into the city taking out several buildings. We see several dead bodies on the ground, some with blood. The humans return fire and take out several catapults. The orcs charge, and the humans take out several with arrows. The orcs climb the walls and engage the defenders. Soldiers on both sides are shot, stabbed, speared, decapitated and limbs are hacked off (though no blood splatters, we see bloodied swords). One principal character takes out several orcs and we see his bloodied sword. A hobbit stabs a villain, kills him, and he looks at his bloodied sword.

In one battle scene, thousands of cavalry riding humans charge a thousands strong army of orcs. The orcs fire arrows and take out several humans. The humans engage the orcs. Soldiers on both sides are decapitated, slashed, limbs are hacked off, stabbed, shot and speared. We see several soldiers on both sides getting killed or wounded with every camera shot. Elephant riding people arrive (they fight for the villains), and take out several humans with arrows and spears, and the elephants stomp down on horses and people, crushing them to death. The orcs even bite people in the face occasionally. Wherever we look, several men and orcs are being killed or wounded.

We see the aftermath of a battle. The battlefield is covered in dead bodies, some with spears or arrows sticking in them. We briefly see one dead man with his arm severed--we can see his arm lying next to him and his bloody stub--blood soaks the ground. The camera moves away and it is for at most a second.

A principal character is fatally wounded by one of the principal villains. We see his bloodied mouth. However, another principal character arrives and fights the villain. He wields a mace and chain and breaks her arm with it. She then stabs him in the face while another character stabs him in the leg (no blood here).

The enemies catapult human heads into Minas Tirith. We see somewhat close-ups of the bloody heads and their severed necks.

A man catches on fire, is engulfed in flames, and jumps off of the castle to his death.

Two characters fight. They punch, kick and bite each other. One character has his finger viciously bitten off by another character. Blood runs and oozes out.

In the Extended edition a man walks out of the black gate he is wearing a mask but he has cuts around his mouth and a little dried blood. A man then angrily decapitates him, we see the head roll (no blood), though we do see blood on the man's sword.


Some name-calling: "miserable little maggot" "treturous filth".

A party is shown where various characters drink beer or ale, and get very drunk. A character gets so drunk he passes out (this is humorous and not at all frightening or influencing). (comedic)

A lot of characters smoke pipes, and one character coughs once or twice as a result.

Quite possibly one of the most emotionally powerful films ever made.

The long, violent battlefield sequences are quite scary as the heroes are always under threat of death or serious injury.

A trio of characters journey through "The Paths of the Dead" and encounter ghosts.

One character gets attacked by a giant spider while another character battles against it and it's very intense (these sequences could frighten for those who suffers from arachnophobia).

People may find the scenes with the Witch-King scary.

Two of the characters descend into violent madness. The first of these is marked by a transformation into a creepy creature. That scene is particularly intense.

Gollum's appearance and voice can be frightening to younger viewers.

This is a rather violent movie but not much blood/gore is shown. It has a fantasy/magical overtone to it.

The ending of the film is very emotionally intense and may upset some viewers.

The beginning shows when Gollum was a normal hobbit like all others. After he strangles his friend, he takes the Ring and for 500 years it has made his life longer and he becomes frighteningly mad and ugly.

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Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images
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