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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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Peter Jackson

Writers:

J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Allpress ... Aldor
Sean Astin ... Sam
John Bach ... Madril
Sala Baker ... Man Flesh Uruk
Cate Blanchett ... Galadriel
Orlando Bloom ... Legolas
Billy Boyd ... Pippin
Jed Brophy ... Sharku / Snaga
Sam Comery ... Eothain
Brad Dourif ... Wormtongue
Calum Gittins ... Haleth
Bernard Hill ... Theoden
Bruce Hopkins ... Gamling
Paris Howe Strewe ... Theodred
Christopher Lee ... Saruman
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Storyline

The continuing quest of Frodo and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn, the Elf archer Legolas, and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The fellowship is broken. The power of darkness grows... See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

Aurum [Spain] | New Line Cinema | See more »

Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English | Sindarin | Old English

Release Date:

18 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Towers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,007,528, 22 December 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$342,551,365, 21 June 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$926,047,111, 25 November 2011
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Technical Specs

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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gollum's line "My Precious" was voted as the number eighty-five movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of one hundred). See more »

Goofs

Normally, Legolas' bow is white, but right before the battle with the Wargs, its brown in the close up. See more »

Quotes

[Rangers try to capture Gollum, who is resisting]
Frodo: Stop! This creature is bound to me and I to him. He is our guide.
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Crazy Credits

One section of credits is for the "Hammerhands" (presumably for carpenters). This is a reference to the name of the "historical" founder of Helm's Deep, Helm Hammerhand. Also, apprentice builders are known as "hammerhands" in New Zealand. See more »

Alternate Versions

In November 2003, an extended edition was released on DVD with over 40 minutes of new footage. The EE is a complete re-cut of the movie and almost every scene includes small changes in framing, pacing, dialogue or camera angle. Major changes are listed (spoiler warning):
  • After Frodo wakes up, there is a scene of Frodo and Sam descending a cliff with the help of the elvish rope. The title now appears over a panoramic shot of the hills.
  • There is a brief shot of Frodo and Sam huddled under their cloaks during a rain storm, with Gollum following.
  • After his taming, Gollum debates whether to take the hobbits to Mordor or not
  • The first scene with Merry and Pippin is expanded. It is made clear that there are two groups of orcs, one from Mordor and one from Isengard. They also force Merry to drink a vile orc draught.
  • In Saruman's first scene, he orders his orcs to cut down Fangorn forest to feed the fires of Isengard and the wildmen swear allegiance to him.
  • An extended sequence in which Eomer finds Theodred at the Fords of Isen and brings him back to Edoras.
  • When Eomer is banished, he is presented with a banishment order signed by King Theoden.
  • In the camp outside of Fangorn, extra dialogue makes it clear that the orcs think Merry or Pippin has the Ring. An orc sneaks up behind the hobbits and is about to attack them when he is beheaded (correcting a goof in the theatrical version). There is also a little more action when the Rohirrim massacre the orcs.
  • During the passage of the marshes, Gollum refuses to eat the elvish bread. There is additional dialogue between Frodo, Sam and Gollum.
  • Lots of extra dialogue in the scene where Gandalf reappears, including Legolas noting the the elves taught the trees to talk and Gandalf predicting that Merry and Pippin will rouse the Ents.
  • While taking the Hobbits to his home, Treebeard recites poetry that puts the hobbits to sleep. He then leaves them there, going off to summon the Ents.
  • During the ride to Edoras, Gandalf and the others camp for the night. Gandalf and Aragorn discuss the coming war and Frodo's quest.
  • After the Black Gate sequence is a new scene. Merry and Pippin drink from a stream near Treebeard's home and grow taller. They are then attacked by a tree before being rescued by Treebeard. Treebeard then tells them about the Entwives.
  • After Aragorn stops Theoden from killing Wormtongue, he extends his hand to Grima. Grima spits on it and then runs off.
  • A brief funeral scene for Theodred which includes Eowyn singing.
  • A new scene in which Aragorn calms Theodred's horse Brego and sets him loose. (This is the horse that later picks up Aragorn beside the stream).
  • A new scene in which Grima describes Aragorn to Saruman, who scoffs at the "Heir of Isildur".
  • Before leaving Edoras, Theoden assures his squire that they will return.
  • Extra dialogue when Sam and Frodo are captured by Faramir, emphasizing Faramir's dislike of war.
  • During the march to Helm's deep, Theoden tells Aragorn about Eowyn. Eowyn serves Aragorn a vile-looking stew during the trip and he tells her his remarkable age after she realizes he is one of the Dunedin.
  • Additional dialogue in Arwen and Aragorn's parting.
  • When Frodo and Sam are brought to the cave, they are told that Boromir's cloven horn was found. Faramir then remembers a dream of Boromir's funeral boat passing him on the river. This leads to an extended flashback of Boromir and Farmair reclaiming Osgiliath from Mordor. Denethor (their father) expresses his disappointment with Faramir and then sends Boromir to Rivendell to claim the Ring.
  • Faramir's men beat Gollum after catching him.
  • Right before the women and children are sent into the caves, Eowyn asks Aragorn to let her fight beside him.
  • During the preparation at Helm's Deep, there is a cut to the Entmoot. Treebeard tells the Hobbits the Ents have just finished saying "Good morning".
  • A little more fighting during the battle at Helm's Deep.
  • After Treebeard discovers the destroyed part of the forest and sounds the alarm, thousands of trees, the Huorns, depart to join the battle at Helm's Deep.
  • When the orcs retreat from Helm's Deep, they find a forest, made up of the Huorns, waiting to destroy them.
  • We find out who won the orc-killing contest between Gimli and Legolas.
  • After the destruction of Isengard, Merry and Pippen discover a rich larder of food, including a supply of pipe-weed from the Shire.
  • Faramir shows Frodo and Sam a way out of the city. He realized that Gollum's secret route is Cirith Ungol and advises Frodo not to take it, then threatens Gollum.
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Soundtracks

Gollum's Song
Performed by Emiliana Torrini
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
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They Accomplished the Near-Impossible.
25 March 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is another excellent installment in the thus far excellent trilogy. The film picks up immediately where "The Fellowship of the Ring" left off as Elijah Wood and Sean Astin continue their long and seemingly hopeless journey to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mordor. They run into the creature Gollum (played amazingly by Andy Serkis in a revolutionary character-generation). Serkis' motives are unclear as the ring has literally run him insane and created a split personality that combats the character's natural good side. Meanwhile Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan have escaped the dark forces that captured them, but now are in another dilemma as they try to convince a forest of living, moving trees to support their cause for good and truth. Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and John Rhys-Davies receive more help from the likes of Bernard Hill's army and his lovely niece (Mirando Otto). As all this occurs, Ian McKellen comes back and rehashes a role which seemed to have expired late in the first film. Hugo Weaving and daughter Liv Tyler know that victory is not certain and realize that they must leave their true homes forever to protect themselves and the lives of their people. Christopher Lee continues to create chaos with the help of the highly disturbed Brad Dourif (of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" fame). In the end not one, but two key battles will create the sure-to-be electrifying landscape which will be experienced by all in the franchise's final installment ("The Return of the King"). Many view "The Two Towers" as an achievement even more impressive than its predecessor. True the film does go beyond the technical faculties of "The Fellowship of the Ring", but it is hard for me to pick this installment over the first (which will likely always be my favorite). This film is more intense and you get the feeling of real danger and peril throughout, while the first was more of an emotional experience due to its nice elements of friendship, love and personal sacrifice. In short, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is an amazing sequel and it fits in well with the outstanding first film. 5 stars out of 5.


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