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

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

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$94,000,000 (estimated)

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£13,063,560 (UK) (20 December 2002)

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$340,478,898 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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Trivia

Gimli the Dwarf being portrayed as a comic relief character throughout the film proved divisive both with fans of the original book and general audiences. Some loved the seemingly non-stop barrage of humorous situations Gimli was put through, even feeling it made him more charming and felt it brought much needed levity to an otherwise dark film while others that the constant pratfalls, slapstick and other assorted embarrassing moments the character was subjected to (tripping over his own feet while running and trying to cover it with a boast, falling off his horse, being told rather condescendingly to lower his ax by Aragorn, being forced to beg Aragorn to toss him after refusing to be tossed in the previous film) were not only disrespectful to the character, especially seeing as Aragorn and Legolas were never subjected to the same humorous humiliations, and felt that the slapstick pratfalls were out of place with the more tragic tone of the film and ruined a number of otherwise powerful and dramatic moments (such as when Gimli is being dragged away by two men during the climactic battle at the end of the film). See more »

Goofs

When Gandalf is riding Shadowfax "bareback", there is clearly a saddle under his robes and his feet are obviously in stirrups. In some frames it appears to be a Western saddle, because as the robes flap around it, Gandalf and/or his stunt double appear to hold the horn. See more »

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[after meeting with Gandalf in Fangorn Forest]
Aragorn: In one thing you haven't changed, my friend - you still speak in riddles.
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One section of credits is for the "Hammerhands" (presumably for carpenters). This is a reference to the name of the "historical" founder of Helm's Deep, Helm Hammerhand. Also, apprentice builders are known as "hammerhands" in New Zealand. See more »

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Breath of Life
Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
Performed by Sheila Chandra
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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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