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The Hobbit (1977)

A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

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Complete credited cast:
... Bilbo Baggins (voice)
... Smaug (voice)
... Thorin Oakenshield (voice)
... Gandalf The Grey (voice)
... The Elvenking (voice)
... Elrond (voice)
... Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
... Bombur / Bill Huggins - Troll Leader (voice)
... Dwalin / Fíli / Kíli / Óin / Glóin / Ori / Nori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Orc / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
... Balin / Tom - Troll #3 / Grinnah - The Goblin / Goblin / Orc / Gwaihir - Lord of the Eagles (voice)
... Dori / Bard / Great Goblin (voice)
... The Balladeer (voice)
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Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one evening . One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their kingdom, taken from them by an evil dragon named Smaug. The only problem is that Gandalf has told the dwarves that Bilbo is an expert burglar, but he isn't.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Based on the original version of the Hobbit.


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27 November 1977 (USA)  »

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El Hobbit  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000,000, 10 April 1978
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Trivia

John Huston also appeared in 'Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)(TV)', as Professor Moriarty. This made him the first of three actors portraying Gandalf who also played a character in films about Sherlock Holmes. Ian McKellen played Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes (2015), and Michael Hordern played Doctor Watson in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985). The roles of Holmes and Watson have also been played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who played Smaug and Bilbo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). See more »

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When Bilbo finds the ring it's shown with an elaborate design on it. In the book the ring was plain and unadorned. Although when you put it in the fire, writing in the Black Speech appears. See more »

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Bilbo Baggins: Oh, stop complaining! I never promised to burgle you first class accommodations.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) See more »

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Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyrics adapted by Jules Bass
Music by Maury Laws
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A mixed bag
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw the Rankin/Bass 'Hobbit' for the first time when I was about eight or nine years old. I was enchanted by the movie, and I credit it with motivating me to read 'The Hobbit' and later 'The Lord of the Rings', thereby transforming me into a lifelong Tolkien fan (albeit not as die-hard as some, I admit). This is probably the highest praise I can give it.

I re-viewed the movie recently. How does it stand up now that I am older and better-versed in Tolkien? So-so, I would say. Some comments/criticisms, in no particular order:

* The movie, I now realize, was seriously hampered by time constraints. The creators attempted to squeeze a very eventful novel's story into a two-hour TV movie, with commercials. The result is that everything seems very hurried, events are piled on top of each other with great speed and moments that ought to be savored get rushed. Also, the periodic fade-outs/fade-ins for commercials are distracting.

* A product of its time, the movie is wall-to-wall with songs, most with lyrics written by Tolkien, one written originally for the film, all sung to '70s folk ballad melodies. Tolkien's elves should not sound like hippie chipmunks.

* The '70s context also gives the movie a strongly pacifist message. All scenes of fighting are rendered, somewhat awkwardly, so as to avoid any actual blood or carnage (a mortally wounded character will be glimpsed in a freeze frame that will then spin into a blur, mirroring the character's disappearance from this life, I suppose). Speeches about the glory of war are presented so as to make the advocates look ridiculous. None of this is a bad, and is even refreshing, but it is the work of Rankin/Bass, not Tolkien.

* Some of the key players are perfect: Orson Bean as Bilbo, John Huston as Gandalf, Richard Boone as Smaug and Theodore as Gollum bring great life and character to the movie. The one-on-one scenes between Bilbo and each of the other three are easily the best part of 'The Hobbit'.

Overall, the movie is best suited for the audience for whom it was intended, children. Kids will probably like it, and might even want to explore Tolkien further.


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