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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  18 December 2002 (USA)
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While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.



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While Frodo and Sam, now accompanied by a new guide, continue their hopeless journey towards the land of shadow to destroy the One Ring, each member of the broken fellowship plays their part in the battle against the evil wizard Saruman and his armies of Isengard.

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The fellowship is broken. The power of darkness grows... See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£13,063,560 (UK) (20 December 2002)


$49,935,319 (Europe) (19 December 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Orc juice that is poured down Merry's throat in the Extended Edition is a combination of peach juice and Sodastream cola concentrate. See more »


When the main characters are standing on the cliff looking out towards Mordor, you can see Helm's Deep over their shoulders. The hole in the wall from the gunpowder is conspicuous by its absence. See more »


Galadriel: The time of the Elves is over. Do we leave Middle-earth to its fate? Do we let them stand alone?
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Crazy Credits

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Farewell to Lorien
(from extended version)
Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
Performed by Hilary Summers
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The Greatest of the Three Rings
6 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's true. Return of the King may have won more of the Oscars as the culmination of Peter Jackson's magnificent cinematic achievement, but history will in fact adjudge "The Two Towers" as the greatest of the three Rings. If Fellowship was a road movie and ROTK was a friendship film, then Two Towers is an unadulterated war movie of heroic proportions. Peter Jackson said he based it on "Zulu"- and we can see why. It has a dramatic intensity and flow which none of the other films quite share. Good against evil are so sharply contrasted that you could cut your fingers on them. TTT also has the best score Howard Shore has produced. And it has the best dialogue.

The screenplay explains (with barely disguised contemporary resonance) what we are protecting in Western civilisation when we defend ourselves against those who would wish to destroy it. When Sam tells Frodo that there are "some things worth fighting for", when Merry tells Pippin that there "won't be a Shire" unless they do something about it, when King Theoden laments that "the sun has gone down in the West" this film could be entitled not the "Two Towers" but "the Twin Towers". It is Miltonic in its scope. It is cinema as art.

Yes, one may quibble about certain Entish details, and I know that the Elves weren't supposed to be at Helm's Deem, and that Faramir is a little undeveloped, but does this matter? Not at all. The Extended version is better than the original, but does not need to make such a quantum leap as Fellowship managed with its EE. However it will be a film that is seen as a landmark in cinema. A trilogy which may never be bettered. And a reminder of what we are all here for

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