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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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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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18 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,670,389 (Austria) (20 December 2002)

Gross:

$342,551,365 (USA) (21 June 2011)
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Trivia

Originally, Arwen (Liv Tyler) was to be included in the fighting force of Elves who join the men, in the battle of Helm's Deep. This was a relic of the script treatment for Miramax, which condensed the one thousand plus page novel into two films, and met with fan fury on the internet with its free-and-easy approach to J.R.R. Tolkien's work. Tyler had even trained with sword fighters in preparation for her scenes, when the decision to remove her was made by the Writers, who realized that this approach wasn't working. Arwen, who doesn't appear in the individual book of "The Two Towers", was ultimately re-worked into the story by lifting elements from the Appendices at the back of the novel, utilizing flashbacks to her and Aragorn at Rivendell. It took the Writers about a year to come up with this solution. See more »

Goofs

When the Warg riders attack, Legolas shoots them with arrows and then jumps on Gimli's horse riding behind him. In the next shot, Legolas is in front of Gimli on the horse. See more »

Quotes

[from extended version]
Legolas: Final count, forty-two.
Gimli: Forty-two? Oh, that's not bad for a pointy-eared elvish princeling. Hmph! I myself am sitting pretty on forty-THREE.
Legolas: [takes out an arrow, and shoots the Uruk Gimli is sitting on in the stomach] Forty-three.
Gimli: He was already dead!
Legolas: He was twitching.
Gimli: He was *twitching* because he's got my axe EMBEDDED IN HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM!
[rattles the handle of his ax; the Uruk's arms and legs twitch]
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Two lines in Maori (wishing all the best to their land and people): He maungärongo ki te whenua He whakaaro pai ki ngä tängata katoa See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Earl: Something to Live For (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Isengard Unleashed
Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
Performed by Elizabeth Fraser and Ben Del Maestro
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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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