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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

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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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Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$342,551,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$951,208,089
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu Ray Extended Edition) | (Special DVD Extended Edition) | (DVD Widescreen Edition)

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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Samwise Gamgee is violently dragging Gollum by a rope around his neck, is similar to the scene where Pozzo arrives dragging his slave, Lucky by the neck with a long piece of rope in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot". Frodo, Sam, and Gollum have character elements of the four main characters in "Waiting for Godot". Frodo has the character elements of Vladimir (compassion and philosophical thinking), Sam has a combination of Vladimir, Estragon and Pozzo's characteristics (cynicism and harshness towards Gollum, and yet has a philosophical outlook), while Gollum has a combination of Pozzo and Lucky's characteristics (opportunistic and devious as Treacherous Gollum, and childlike and servile as Friendly Gollum). Sir Ian McKellen played the role of Estragon in "Waiting for Godot" co-starring with Sir Patrick Stewart as Vladimir. See more »

Goofs

Aragorn's sword disappears from his hand shortly before he falls off his horse, but reappears in its scabbard later. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [sees corpses in the marsh] There are dead things! Dead faces in the water.
Gollum: All dead... all rotten. Elves and men and orcses. A great battle, long ago. The Dead Marshes... yes, that is their name.
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Crazy Credits

Just like the previous "Lord of the Rings" movie, there are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the extended edition, the scene where Frodo and Sam are first captured by Faramir uses a different take. In the theatrical version, after giving the order to bind their hands, Faramir turns and walks away from camera. In the extended edition, after his extended dialogue and order to bind the hobbits, he walks towards camera. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Open Season (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Evenstar
Music by Howard Shore
Lyrics by Fran Walsh
Performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
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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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