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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.

Director:

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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene where Aragorn has washed up on the shore of the river that he fell in when the Warg dragged him off the cliff and Arwen comes to him in a dream to revive him, the dialogue was originally in English. But Liv Tyler was entranced by the Elvish language, and since both characters and cast members knew how to speak it, she talked Peter Jackson into letting them translate the script for that scene. Everyone agreed that it turned out much better her way, than the way it had been originally planned. See more »

Goofs

After Aragorn's line "You have some skill with a blade," the sword spin is clearly sped up to appear fast. The people and fire in the background move much too fast, looking like Keystone Cops. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [to Faramir] You want to know what happened to Boromir? Do you want to know why your brother died? He tried to take the Ring from Frodo, after swearing an oath to protect him! He tried to kill him! The Ring drove your brother mad.
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Crazy Credits

"Cute Rohan Refugee Children . . . . . . . . Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson" (Peter Jackson's son and daughter) See more »

Alternate Versions

When Frodo, Sam, Gollum and Faramir arrive at Osgiliath in the Extended Edition, Minas Tirith can be seen in the background. It was removed from the theatrical version to avoid confusion with Helm's Deep. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Michael Knowles Show: Love in the Time of MAGA (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Farewell to Lorien
(from extended version)
Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
Performed by Hilary Summers
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Tough to put on film but came out very well
5 August 2004 | by Barky44See all my reviews

Long before it came out, I knew The Two Towers would be the toughest of the three Lord of the Rings books to put on film. Not only is it the middle child, but the very structure of the book makes it hard to craft a linear story with all the plot lines in tact and interesting.

But I think Peter Jackson and company did a very good job. It's not as strong as Fellowship, but is still outstanding.

All the elements of the LOTR films are here: the beautiful photography, set designs, costumes, scenery, special effects. All amazing, all brilliant, all Oscar-worthy.

The performances are terrific, too. Bernard Hill, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Miranda Otto, all did great jobs. The supporting actors, too.

It is sad that Ian McKellan's role is relegated to almost cameo status, but that's the nature of the book. The biggest shame is Christopher Lee. He has so little screen time in this film, I think he only says two or three lines on camera, the rest is "brooding". Such a waste, he is one of the great actors of our time, a real joy to watch (and a scene stealer to boot).

But the stars of the piece have to be Gollum and Treebeard and the Uruk army. The sequence with the Ents seeing the destruction Saruman wrought upon the trees brought tears to my eyes, and their revenge brought cheers to my voice. The battle of Helm's Deep was probably too long, but impressive nonetheless (and will probably be the model for "epic battle sequences" for years to come). And Gollum. What can be said about Gollum that hasn't already been said. We have entered into a new age of CGI, and, like all great works of art, it has a human soul.

A great film. 9 out of 10, the only items keeping it from getting a 10 are the short-shrifting of Christopher Lee and that some parts don't quite flow too well (a problem rooted in JRR Tolkien's novel, not the fault of the filmmakers).


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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English | Sindarin | Old English

Release Date:

18 December 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,007,528, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$342,551,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$943,282,270
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Technical Specs

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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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