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|MPAA||Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images|
Sex & Nudity
- Arwen wears a rather low cut dress during her scenes in Rivendell.
- There is no sex or nudity in the movie, though Gollum appears only in a loincloth and Arwen wears a rather low cut dress during her scenes in Rivendell.
- One kissing scene between two characters, which lasts only a few seconds.
Violence & Gore
- This film is extremely intense and epic, in fact probably the most violent one in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.
- The film is dominated by large scale battles
- The opening scene features a fight between Smeagol and his friend under the influence of The One Ring. They first only push each other but it then develops into a life and death struggle, including biting and wrestling and disturbing sound effects. The fight ends when Smeagol strangles his friend to death with his bare hands. We then get to see Smeagol's transformation into Gollum. This scene is one of the darkest in the series and appropriately disturbing.
- Thousands of orcs, some in transportable towers, charge a city of men. The orcs fire catapults into the city taking out several buildings. We see several dead bodies on the ground, some with blood. The humans return fire and take out several catapults. The orcs charge, and the humans take out several with arrows. The orcs climb the walls and engage the defenders. Soldiers on both sides are shot, stabbed, speared, decapitated and limbs are hacked off (though no blood splatters, we see bloodied swords). One principal character takes out several orcs and we see his bloodied sword. A hobbit stabs a villain, kills him, and he looks at his bloodied sword.
- In one battle scene, thousands of cavalry riding humans charge a thousands strong army of orcs. The orcs fire arrows and take out several humans. The humans engage the orcs. Soldiers on both sides are decapitated, slashed, limbs are hacked off, stabbed, shot and speared. We see several soldiers on both sides getting killed or wounded with every camera shot. Olephant riding people arrive (they fight for the enemy), and take out several humans with arrows and spears, and the elephants stomp down on horses and people, crushing them to death. The orcs even bite people in the face occasionally. Wherever we look, several men and orcs are being killed or wounded.
- We see the aftermath of a battle. The battlefield is covered in dead bodies, some with spears or arrows sticking in them. We briefly see one dead man with his arm severed--we can see his arm lying next to him and his bloody stub--blood soaks the ground. The camera moves away and it is for at most a second.
- The enemy catapults human heads into Minas Tirith. We see somewhat closeups of the bloody heads and their severed necks.
- A Lord catches on fire, is engulfed in flames, and jumps off of the castle to his death.
- Two characters fight. They punch, kick and bite each other. One character has his finger viciously bitten off by another character. Blood runs and oozes out.
- In the Extended edition a man walks out of the black gate he is wearing a mask but he has cuts around his mouth and a little dried blood. A man then angrily decapitates him, we see the head roll (no blood), though we do see blood on the man's sword.
- Infrequent name-calling such as "miserable little maggot" and "treacherous filth".
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- A party is shown where various characters drink beer or ale, and get very drunk. A character gets so drunk he passes out.
- A lot of characters smoke pipes, and one character coughs once or twice as a result.
Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Gollum's transformation in the opening scene of the film is may be unsettling and lasts two minutes, though it is not upsetting or emotionally intense.
- The long, violent battlefield sequences are quite scary as the heroes are always under threat of death or serious injury.
- A trio of characters journey through "The Paths of the Dead" and encounter ghosts.
- Frodo gets attacked by a giant spider while Sam battles against it and it's very intense (these sequences can especially frighten those who suffer from arachnophobia). The spider also moves very quickly which makes the scene all the more intense
- The Witch-King scenes may be frightening for some.
- Two of the characters descend into violent madness. The first of these is marked by a transformation into a creepy creature. That scene is particularly intense.
- Gollum's appearance and voice can be frightening.
- This is a rather violent movie but not much blood/gore is shown. It has a fantasy overtone to it.
- The ending of the film is emotionally intense. It is one of the most emotional scenes in motion picture history to some.
Sex & Nudity
- The male protagonist Frodo is stripped down to his underwear by orcs who search his clothes. Though this is done in a completely harmless way, it may be a little uncomfortable for some viewers.
Violence & Gore
- In the extended cut, Saruman falls off of Isengard after being stabbed twice, gets impaled and is seen dead with a spike through his chest. (All onscreen)
- Near the end of the movie, in order for Gollum (Andy Serkis) to get the ring from Frodo (Elijah Wood), he bites off his finger, which is not seen due to Frodo being invisible. But a few seconds later (when Frodo is no longer wearing the ring), you can see his bloody hand as he screams loudly. This may be intense for some younger viewers.
- There is a giant spider which chases Frodo, he is stabbed by the spider's stinger causing his mouth to froth up.
- A principal character is fatally wounded by one of the principal villains. We see his bloodied mouth. However, another principal character arrives and fights the villain. He wields a mace and chain and breaks her arm with it. She then stabs him in the face while another character stabs him in the leg (no blood here).
Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Lord decides to set himself on fire with his son at the stake (he thinks his son is dead), but two people stop him from doing so. They save his son, the lord finds out his son is alive, but still catches fire and throws himself off a cliff while screaming in agony. Extremely disturbing, but very sad and tragic.
- Gollum falls into lava and melts, though this is shown from the top, and the character simply disappears below the surface. However he clearly died happy as he had the ring when he fell into the lava.