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Ringers: Lord of the Fans -- 'Ringers: Lord of the Fans' is a feature-length documentary that explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years.
Ringers: Lord of the Fans -- 'Ringers: Lord of the Fans' is a feature-length documentary that explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years.


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RINGERS rocks!! I see why Dominic came on board! See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Dominic Monaghan ... Narrator, Himself

Elijah Wood ... Himself

Peter Jackson ... Himself

Viggo Mortensen ... Himself

Orlando Bloom ... Himself

David Carradine ... Himself

Ian McKellen ... Himself

Sean Astin ... Himself

John Rhys-Davies ... Himself

Billy Boyd ... Himself

Clive Barker ... Himself
Cliff Broadway ... Interviewer, Himself

Andy Serkis ... Himself

John Noble ... Himself

Philippa Boyens ... Herself

Barrie M. Osborne ... Himself

Lemmy ... Himself
Geddy Lee ... Himself

Sala Baker ... Himself
Forrest J Ackerman ... Himself
Peter S. Beagle ... Himself
Brian Sibley ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bilach ... Himself
Marnie Boyd ... Reenactment Actor
Terry Brooks ... Himself
Grecco Buratto ... Himself
Christine Crawshaw ... Herself

Cameron Crowe ... Himself
Isabella Donato ... Mariachi Singer

Colleen Doran ... Herself
Colin Duriez ... Himself
Kent Elofson ... Himself
Peter Genovese ... Himself

Chris Gore ... Himself
Guy Harrington ... Himself
Shox Hincks ... Himself
Adam Hurlbut ... Himself

Brittany Ishibashi ... Reenactment Actor
Jymn Magon ... Himself
Matt Mayhall ... Himself

Bill Mumy ... Himself

Leonard Nimoy ... Himself

Emeka Nnadi ... Reenactment Actor

Terry Pratchett ... Himself

Michael Regina ... Himself
Nicole R. Roberts ... Herself
Justin Sewell ... Himself
Keith Stern ... Himself
Jill Thompson ... Herself

Liv Tyler ... Herself
John Welch ... Dorm Boy #2

Directed by
Carlene Cordova 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cliff Broadway 
Carlene Cordova 

Produced by
Cliff Broadway .... producer
Carlene Cordova .... producer
Tom DeSanto .... executive producer
Catherine Frizat .... associate producer
Danny Lukic .... producer
Josh Mandel .... co-producer
Jeff Marchelletta .... producer
Original Music by
Robin DiMaggio 
Cinematography by
Josh Mandel 
Film Editing by
Arnaud Gerardy 
John Welch 
Art Direction by
Nancy Steinman 
Costume Design by
Mike Fitch 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Curtis .... unit director: Salt Lake City
Leo Oorschot .... unit director: Europe
Tore Schmidt .... unit director: Germany
Art Department
Mike Fitch .... wardrobe stylist
Sound Department
Nick Lange .... boom operator
Mikey Murray .... boom operator
Josh Siemens .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Zach Evans .... camera operator: additional footage
Russell Kostner .... still photographer
Mikey Murray .... gaffer
Angie Pop .... camera operator
Angie Pop .... director of photography: second unit
Angie Pop .... gaffer
Animation Department
Kevin Gralewski .... animator
Editorial Department
John Welch .... assistant editor
Music Department
A.J. Azzarto .... music supervisor
Greta Gertler .... musician: songs
Shira Kammen .... musician: songs
Other crew
R.J. Beavers .... motion graphics
Seth Carmichael .... publicist
Matthew C. Egan .... production assistant
Vernon Fitch .... archivist: additional images
Arnaud Gerardy .... creative director
Guy Gondron .... artwork supplier
Melanie Marquez .... publicist
Christopher Pizzo .... publicist
Lashá Monique Winn .... production assistant
Nathan Adams .... special thanks (2005)

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Rated PG-13 for some sex and drug references
97 min
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Narrator, Himself:We are servants of the secret fire. One generation of readers followed by another, and another.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
RINGERS rocks!! I see why Dominic came on board!, 29 November 2005
Author: Goldshire from So Cal., United States

Finally! A high-spirited and really fun movie about us!

My friends and I have waited so long for such a fun and totally respectful film to tell the whole story of how Tolkien has touched the world! And RINGERS delivers on every count. You've got everything here that Tolkien purists would want and plenty of what the newer generation movie-fans want (i.e., very thoughtful hobbity actors Elijah, Sean, Dom, and Billy waxing poetic about the phenomenon they themselves took part in -- and Viggo is singularly intelligent here too). This is a movie about the POWER OF BOOKS to change the landscape of world culture, especially the power of Tolkien's achievement. But there's so much rock music too -- so yeah I'll go ahead and say it: "RINGERS Rocks!"

Many revealing bits of this RINGERS movie surprised me. Who knew that John Lennon was so driven to play Gollum that he and the Beatles were calling up Stanley Kubrick asking him to direct??? And who knew that there was once a Gandalf dial-up modem? Or that so many children with reading/literacy problems have picked up a book like Lord Of The Rings trying to get closer to understanding the world of Middle-earth? Thank God for Hobbits and Harry Potter -- at least kids are reading again! There are some sly, witty animated bits as an homage to Terry Gilliam where Tolkien's worst critics are given a wacky send-up in their East Coast Ivory Tower ("A Place of Great Snobbery") **grin** and the funniest thing I think is the razor sharp Mariachi "Sing Along" that makes fun of bad LOTR merchandising! What an inspired goofy idea --- my family and many close friends watched RINGERS over here Thanksgiving weekend and had to pause the DVD several times with gales of laughter at the sing-along! I watched this docu and kept thinking: "so that's how long we've been fans!" Ah, nostalgia for the American counterculture! :)

I understand why Dominic Monaghan wanted to narrate this film, and work with these filmmakers here. His dad loved LOTR more than anything, and had his children reading it early on..... and so Dom now shows his gratitude to the generation before him. He honors his father greatly. And RUSH lead singer Geddy Lee loves this project so much he gave the filmmakers one of RUSH's greatest songs "The Spirit of Radio" for free, just to support RINGERS. This film has generated so much good faith among all Tolkien fans, and deserves their support (dare I say they will love it). And any movie that can have both extremes of the spectrum of "fandom" --- between an erudite, cigar chewing Clive Barker speaking with a twinkle in his eyes about the "mythological weight" that modern audiences are starving for, right on down to the awe struck honeymooners who enjoy a remarkable pilgrimage to discover the "real Middle-earth" down in New Zealand --- well, this kind of comprehensive reach makes RINGERS very cool.

You get a wide perspective of world fandom from RINGERS -- and it's so playful, with these cheesy college dorm rooms that keep changing each decade (low rent, tongue-in-cheek funny!) -- it's like a big TIME CAPSULE of pop culture over the years. This is not a serious-minded exploration of Fans' psychological obsession. Thank God RINGERS does not exploit the fan-base in any way (that's treason you know ---- to profile your interviewees as basket cases, and then cash in by making them look like laughable freaks as Trekkies once did). For fifty years' worth of Ringer fans, this documentary is a godsend that does nothing but celebrate the best aspects of Tolkien's masterwork.

I thoroughly believe the words from the Editorial critic Jeff Shannon who said: "Unfailingly noble in spirit and delightfully comprehensive, RINGERS is a collector's gift that can proudly stand alongside Tolkien's books and Jackson's timeless movie trilogy."

Well said! GO RINGERS!

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