The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice.

  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
  • Release Date: 2003-12-01
  • User Rating: 8.5/10 from 23515 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 21min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New Line Cinema
  • Production Country: New Zealand, United States of America
  • Director: Peter Jackson
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As armies mass for a final battle that will decide the fate of the world--and powerful, ancient forces of Light and Dark compete to determine the outcome--one member of the Fellowship of the Ring is revealed as the noble heir to the throne of the Kings of Men. Yet, the sole hope for triumph over evil lies with a brave hobbit, Frodo, who, accompanied by his loyal friend Sam and the hideous, wretched Gollum, ventures deep into the very dark heart of Mordor on his seemingly impossible quest to destroy the Ring of Power.​

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  • Elijah Wood

    as Frodo Baggins
  • Ian McKellen

    as Gandalf the White
  • Liv Tyler

    as Arwen
  • Viggo Mortensen

    as Aragorn
  • Sean Astin

    as Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
  • Andy Serkis

    as Gollum / Smeagol
  • Cate Blanchett

    as Galadriel
  • John Rhys-Davies

    as Gimli / Treebeard (voice)
  • Bernard Hill

    as King Théoden
  • Christopher Lee

    as Saruman the White (Extended Cut)
  • Billy Boyd

    as Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
  • Dominic Monaghan

    as Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
  • Orlando Bloom

    as Legolas
  • Hugo Weaving

    as Elrond
  • Miranda Otto

    as Éowyn
  • David Wenham

    as Faramir
  • Brad Dourif

    as Gríma Wormtongue (Extended Cut)
  • Karl Urban

    as Éomer
  • John Noble

    as Denethor
  • Ian Holm

    as Bilbo Baggins
  • Sean Bean

    as Boromir
  • Lawrence Makoare

    as Witchking / Gothmog
  • Marton Csokas

    as Celeborn
  • Paul Norell

    as King of the Dead
  • Noel Appleby

    as Everard Proudfoot
  • Ali Astin

    as Elanor Gamgee
  • David Aston

    as Gondorian Soldier 3
  • John Bach

    as Madril
  • Sadwyn Brophy

    as Eldarion
  • Alistair Browning

    as Damrod
  • Richard Edge

    as Gondorian Soldier 1
  • Jason Fitch

    as Uruk 2
  • Bruce Hopkins

    as Gamling
  • Ian Hughes

    as Irolas
  • Bret McKenzie

    as Elf Escort
  • Sarah McLeod

    as Rosie Cotton
  • Maisy McLeod-Riera

    as Baby Gamgee
  • Bruce Phillips

    as Grimbold
  • Shane Rangi

    as Harad Leader 2
  • Todd Rippon

    as Harad Leader 1
  • Thomas Robins

    as Déagol
  • Harry Sinclair

    as Isildur
  • Peter Tait

    as Shagrat
  • Joel Tobeck

    as Orc Lieutenant 1
  • Stephen Ure

    as Gorbag
  • Sala Baker

    as Featured Orc
  • Robert Pollock

    as Featured Orc
  • Ross Duncan

    as Featured Orc
  • Pete Smith

    as Featured Orc
  • Jed Brophy

    as Featured Orc
  • Lee Hartley

    as Featured Orc
  • Billy Jackson

    as Featured Child
  • Katie Jackson

    as Featured Child
  • Alan Howard

    as The Ring (voice)
  • Jane Abbott

    as Coronation Elf (uncredited)
  • Gino Acevedo

    as Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)
  • Aidan Bell

    as Orc (uncredited)
  • Jarl Benzon

    as Coronation Elf (uncredited)
  • Jørn Benzon

    as Rivendell Elf (uncredited)
  • Emma Deakin

    as Diamond of Long Cleave (uncredited)
  • Michael Elsworth

    as Círdan the Shipwright (uncredited)
  • Clint Elvy

    as Haradrim Warrior (uncredited)
  • Zo Hartley

    as Orc Helper (uncredited)
  • Peter Jackson

    as Corsair Bosun (uncredited)
  • Sandro Kopp

    as Coronation Elf (uncredited)
  • Andrew Lesnie

    as Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)
  • Joseph Mika-Hunt

    as Orc (uncredited)
  • Henry Mortensen

    as Pelennor Orc (uncredited)
  • Craig Parker

    as Gothmog / Orc Lieutenant 1 (voice) (uncredited)
  • Rick Porras

    as Corsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard (uncredited)
  • Christian Rivers

    as Corsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard (uncredited)
  • Michael Semanick

    as Drinking Rohan Soldier (uncredited)
  • Howard Shore

    as Drinking Rohan Soldier (uncredited)
  • John Stephenson

    as Witchking (voice) (uncredited)
  • Richard Taylor

    as Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)
  • Royd Tolkien

    as Gondorian Ranger (uncredited)
Directing Peter Jackson Director
Production Peter Jackson Producer
Production Barrie M. Osborne Producer
Production Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Mark Ordesky Executive Producer
Production Michael Lynne Executive Producer
Writing J.R.R. Tolkien Novel
Writing Peter Jackson Screenplay
Writing Fran Walsh Screenplay
Writing Philippa Boyens Screenplay
Camera Andrew Lesnie Director of Photography
Art Joe Bleakley Art Direction
Art Rob Outterside Art Direction
Art Mark Robins Art Direction
Art John Howe Conceptual Design
Art Dan Hennah Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Ngila Dickson Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Richard Taylor Costume Design
Sound Howard Shore Original Music Composer
Art Grant Major Production Design
Production Victoria Burrows Casting
Production John Hubbard Casting
Production Liz Mullane Casting
Editing Jamie Selkirk Editor
Production Amy Hubbard Casting
Production Ann Robinson Casting
Crew Sean Button Stunts
Visual Effects Guy Williams 3D Supervisor
Visual Effects Christian Rivers Visual Effects Designer
Crew Sala Baker Stunts
Art Jules Cook Assistant Art Director
Sound Mike Hopkins Supervising Sound Editor
Visual Effects Jim Rygiel Visual Effects Supervisor
Sound Hammond Peek Production Sound Mixer
Sound Ethan Van der Ryn Supervising Sound Editor
Art Alan Lee Set Decoration
Art Alan Lee Conceptual Design
Sound Beau Borders Sound Effects Editor
Sound Brent Burge Sound Effects Editor
Sound Hayden Collow Sound Effects Editor
Sound Tim Nielsen Sound Effects Editor
Sound Addison Teague Sound Effects Editor
Sound Craig Tomlinson Sound Effects Editor
Sound Dave Whitehead Sound Effects Editor
Sound David Farmer Sound Designer
Sound Christopher Boyes Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Michael Hedges Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Lora Hirschberg Additional Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Michael Semanick Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Visual Effects Steve Dubin Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Robyn Isaacs Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Charlie McClellan Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Eileen Moran Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects James Whitlam Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Dean Wright Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Chetan Deshmukh Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Joe Letteri Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Dean Lyon Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects John P. Nugent Visual Effects Supervisor
Crew Jeremy Bennett Visual Effects Art Director
Crew Paul Lasaine Visual Effects Art Director
Costume & Make-Up Margaret Aston Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Rick Findlater Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Kerryn Flewell-Smith Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Steve Hopgood Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Davina Lamont Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Vivienne MacGillicuddy Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Catherine Maguire Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Emma Moncrieff Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Angela Mooar Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ivana Primorac Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Allie Rutherford Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Janine Schneider Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Lenore Stewart Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Tera Treanor Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Nancy Hennah Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Noreen Wilkie Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Gail Wilson Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Jeremy Woodhead Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Laurelle Ziento Makeup Artist
Art Jacqui Allen Assistant Art Director
Art Dan Hennah Supervising Art Director
Production Fran Walsh Producer
Production Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Visual Effects Alex Funke Visual Effects Director
Visual Effects Randall William Cook Animation Director
Costume & Make-Up Peter Swords King Makeup & Hair
Visual Effects Graham Binding Animation
Visual Effects Bryan Ku 3D Director
Art Jamie Beswarick Sculptor
Art Daniel Falconer Sculptor
Production Rick Porras Co-Producer
Crew Casey O'Neill Stunts
Crew Bob Anderson Stunt Coordinator
Crew Daniel Andrews Stunts
Crew Trevor Bau Stunts
Crew Brett Beattie Stunts
Crew Shane Blakey Stunts
Crew Shaughan Campbell Stunts
Crew Ryan Carey Stunts
Crew Justin B. Carter Stunts
Crew Sebastiano Cartier Stunts
Crew Rodney Cook Stunts
Crew Daniel W. Barringer Stunt Coordinator
Crew Gareth Courtney Stunts
Crew Augie Davis Stunt Coordinator
Crew Mana Hira Davis Stunts
Crew Shane Dawson Stunts
Crew Peter Dillon Stunts
Crew Branko Dordevich Stunts
Crew Steve Drage Stunts
Crew Clint Elvy Stunts
Crew Morgan Evans Stunts
Crew Amanda Foubister Stunts
Crew Winham Hammond Stunts
Crew Johnny Sullivan Stunts
Editing Annie Collins Additional Editor
Costume & Make-Up Richard Taylor Makeup Supervisor
Production Jamie Selkirk Co-Producer
Sound Gary Summers Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Peter Owen Makeup & Hair
Crew George Marshall Ruge Stunt Coordinator
Crew Kirk Maxwell Stunt Coordinator
Sound Ken Saville Sound Recordist
Sound Malcolm Cromie Sound Recordist
Crew Steve Ingram Special Effects Coordinator
Sound Mike Jones Sound Mixer
Sound John McKay Sound Mixer
Sound Katy Wood Foley Editor
Sound Peter Mills Foley Editor
Sound Martin Kwok Sound Editor
Sound Justin Webster Sound Editor
Sound John Warhurst Sound Editor
Sound Melanie Graham Sound Editor
Sound Ben Sinclair Sound Editor
Sound Bruno Barrett-Garnier Sound Editor
Sound Phil Heywood Foley Artist
Sound Paul Huntingford Foley Artist
Sound Simon Hewitt Foley Artist
Sound Adrian Medhurst Foley Artist
Sound Martin Oswin Foley Recording Engineer
Sound Angus Robertson Foley Recording Engineer
Visual Effects Mark Stetson Visual Effects
Visual Effects Tim Crosbie Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Erik Winquist 2D Sequence Supervisor
Crew Jacob Tomuri Stunts