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

Cate Blanchett as: Galadriel
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Selected Cast: Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto & David Wenham
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien & Fran Walsh
Release Year: 2003
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13

While Frodo & Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading them, the former Fellowship aid Rohan & Gondor in a great battle in the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages his last war against Middle-Earth.

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Quotes from Cate Blanchett

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Quotes from her Character

• Galadriel: “The power of the Three Rings is ended. The time has come… for the dominion of Men.”
Elrond: [in Elvish] “The Sea calls us home.”
Bilbo: “I think I’m… quite ready for another adventure! “
Gandalf: Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now finished. Here at last, on the shores of the sea… comes the end of our Fellowship. I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil. It is time, Frodo.”
Sam: “What does he mean?”
Frodo: “We set out to save the Shire, Sam. And it has been saved… But not for me.”
Sam: “You don’t mean that. You can’t leave.”
Frodo: “The last pages are for you, Sam.”

• Galadriel: “This task was appointed to you, Frodo of the Shire. If you do not find a way, no one will.”

• Galadriel: “And for you, Frodo Baggins, I give you the light of Earendil our most beloved star. May it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out.”

Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in New Zealand (view all.)

• Won 11 Oscars. Another 107 wins & 68 nominations (view all.)

• Also known as ‘The Return of the King’.

• Cate starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Elijah Wood as well.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Billy Boyd.

• Cate and Billy Boyd also starred in the movie Stories of Lost Souls (2005), but they appeared in different short films.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Dominic Monaghan.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Sean Astin.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Ian McKellen.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Viggo Mortensen.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Sean Bean.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Orlando Bloom.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Liv Tyler.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Aviator (2004) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Ian Holm.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Christopher Lee.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Andy Serkis.

• Cate also starred in the movies Little Fish (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with Hugo Weaving.

• Cate has also starred in the play Hedda Gabler (2004 & 2006) and the TV Series Bordertown (1995) with Hugo Weaving.

• Cate also starred in the movies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) with John Rhys-Davies.

• Cate also starred in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) with Bernard Hill.

• Cate also starred in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) with Miranda Otto.

• Cate also starred in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) with David Wenham.

• Read about the alternate DVD versions at IMDb.

• The film was originally going to end with a voice-over epilogue by Cate’s character, Galadriel, detailing the fate of the fellowship of the ring after the events of the movie. Scenes showing Gimli and Legolas for this purpose had been shot, but were not used in any version of the finished movie.

• When Frodo is panicking and stuck to the web in Shelob’s lair, shortly before he pulls out Galadirel’s Phial, his Elven cloak sticks to the web and is pulled off of his shoulders. Yet, in the next shot of him (Galadriel’s voice-over) it is still on his shoulders.

• The elf standing behind Elrond, Galadriel and Celeborn at the Grey Havens changes position several times between shots.

• The movie made a 1408% profit for New Line Studios on their initial outlay.

• Broke the international box office record for an opening weekend, bringing in nearly $250 million.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy became the most nominated film series in Academy Award history with 30 nominations, surpassing both the Godfather trilogy (28) and the Star Wars franchise (21). And this film was the first sequel since The Godfather: Part II (1974) to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

• This film tied with Ben-Hur (1959) and Titanic (1997) to win the most Oscars (11) in a single year. It also broke another record by winning all the Oscars for which it was nominated (11 out of 11) for.

• In February 2004, became second film to break the $1 billion mark in worldwide box-office revenue (Titanic (1997) was the first).

• A normal major motion picture averages about 200 effects shots. This film had 1488.

• Andy Serkis who plays the part of Gollum was not the film-makers first choice to play the real Smeagol at the beginning of the film. However, once they started considering other actors, they realized that Serkis was the natural choice.

• Peter Jackson is arachnophobic and based the Shelob design on the types of spiders he feared the most.

• The dead oliphant carcass used in this film is reportedly the largest prop ever built for a motion picture. According to members of the prop department, director Peter Jackson still thought it could have been bigger.

• Additional scenes were filmed in New Zealand in 2003, in much the same way as new sequences were shot for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) prior to that film’s release.

• The end-credit portraits of each of the lead actors appearing alongside their name was the suggestion of Ian McKellen. The sketches were created by production designer Alan Lee from production stills, although what is seen on the movie is actually a slight morph between the sketch and the original photograph.

• Andy Serkis’s last day of filming was only a few weeks before the theatrical release. On the carpet of the floor of Peter Jackson’s house, they filmed the facial reaction of Smeagol/Gollum when he realizes Frodo intends to destroy the ring. The resulting video was e-mailed to Weta Digital so the animators could replicate the shot with the CGI character.

• The live-action Rohan army is made up of several hundred New Zealander extras, who responded to an open casting call for anyone who could ride a horse.

• Each of the cast members was given a gift on their last day of shooting, usually a prop that was significant to their roles. Miranda Otto received one of Eowyn’s dresses and her sword, Liv Tyler received Arwen’s “dying dress”, Orlando Bloom got one of Legolas’ bows.