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

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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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The continuing quest of Frodo and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn, the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell. Written by Jwelch5742

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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 USA:

$62,007,528, 22 December 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$342,551,365, 21 June 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$926,047,111, 25 November 2011
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several members of the cast returned to New Zealand when Peter Jackson thought of some more ideas for scenes. See more »


When Eowyn is traveling to Helm's Deep, her hair hangs loose around her face. About the time she arrives at Helm's Deep, it is suddenly pulled back on each side. See more »


Ugluk: [after beheading an insubordinate Orc attempting to eat Merry and Pippin] Looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!
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Special thanks to ... and to the thousands of others who helped make this film a reality. See more »


References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »


Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
Performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
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My precious...
18 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Seriously, I never thought a movie could get better than the Fellowship of the Ring, but it did. This movie should be #1 on the IMDb top 250. This movie, as long as it was, captivated me from start to finish, and those who are not entertained by this movie can not be entertained period.

Yes, I have read the book. Any chapters cut out at the end of books III and IV will probably themselves in the next installment. If you haven't noticed, the beginning of the Two Towers was actually closed the Fellowship of the Ring on the big screen.

Gollum was a CG masterpiece. He added some light to this incredibly dark movie. At the same time, there are areas where you feel sorry for the poor guy, or just want to kill him. Smeagol was probably the most diverse character I've ever seen.

Elijah Wood put on a better performance than he did in the first movie, as did Sean Astin. Ian McKellen, who captivated us in the last movie, captivated us even more in this one. Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, and Orlando Bloom made a great trio. They laughed together, cried together, prospered together, and suffered together. This trio gave life to Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. Eowyn expressed her emotions clearly through Miranda Otto.

The music need not be discussed. Its greatness speaks for itself.

Favorite Scene: The Battle of Helms Deep. Possibly the greatest scene in the book, 50% of the trailer, and action packed climax to this beautiful movie.

The movie, like its predecessor, fails to bring us closure, but that's ok. Closure will come next year. I look forward to the Return of the King.

The Two Towers is now my favorite movie of all time.

The scale is broken. 10 is not a capacity sufficient enough to hold this movie... my movie... my... precious...

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