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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug.

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Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to ... Written by Production

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mountain | dragon | ring | dwarf | goblin | See more »

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From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,617,303 (USA) (14 December 2012)

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$303,001,229 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, Erryn Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with Sherlock (2010), but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him. See more »

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Early in the journey, as the Dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf are riding in the rain, none of the characters are really wet. In the downpour, water should be streaming down Bilbo's face and off of Gandalf's hat and beard. See more »

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Old Bilbo: My dear Frodo, you asked me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my adventures. And while I can honestly say I've told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it. I am old, Frodo. I am not the same hobbit as I once was. It is time for you to know what really happened.
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Lists the publishers for all of The Hobbit in all the different languages. See more »

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Torture Song
Lyrics by Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh
Music composed by Steve Gallagher (as Stephen Gallagher)
Produced by Steve Gallagher (as Stephen Gallagher)
Performed by Barry Humphries
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Peter Jackson's Hobbit, not J.R.R. Tolkien's
2 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Bilbo recast as RAMBO.

If you always pictured Bilbo as a bad-ass mutha-f***er who chased down orcs and wargs with a knife, this movie is for you!

If you actually read 'The Hobbit', by J.R.R. Tolkien, and... you know, LIKED it, then this movie will make you sick. The rape of a classic.

Don't get me wrong. Great cinematography, special effects, sets, costumes... but very little besides borrowed names of places and people from the book found their way into this movie.

It is pure eye candy, and a treat to listen to.

Which is a shame. Given at least six hours to tell the tale, a great yarn full of humor and action, and commentary on humanity, you'd think we'd actually get the whole original book into the movie.

Instead, we get a standard Hollywood rape of the original. Every point where I thought, "Ahh, I remember this..." was soon replaced by "That's not how it went at all!" Devoid of its original humor and charm, and every character replaced with a one dimensional action movie caricature. He doesn't make minor changes to fit with a screenplay. Nope. He takes the setup for each scene in the book, and then re-writes it completely to suit his own taste, or possibly worse, what he thinks is his theater audience's taste, without any regard whatsoever to what Tolkien wrote. Then... he added MORE OF THAT, which was never in the book, just to have 'more'.


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