The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesis a 2014 epic high fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. It is the third and final installment in Peter Jackson’s three-part film adaptation based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, following An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and together they act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
- Starring : Ian McKellen / Martin Freeman
- Genre : Adventure / Fantasy
- Country : New Zealand / United States
- Language : English
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Production : New Line Cinema / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / WingNut Films / 3Foot7
- Distributor : Warner Bros. / CJ CGV Viet Nam / Cocinsa / Cuvision / Forum Hungary / SF Film Finland / SF Norge A/S / Village / Warner Bros. F.E. / Westec Media Limited / NOS Audiovisuais / Fathom Events / KVH Media Group / MGM Television / Warner Home Video / Warner Home Vidéo / Geo Films / Roadshow Entertainment / Roadshow Films / Film1 / HBO Max / ITV 1 / SBS6 / SF Studios / Veronica / Viaplay
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies release date
- December 1, 2014 : UK (London) (premiere)
- December 2, 2014 : France (Paris)
- December 4, 2014 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- December 9, 2014 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- December 10, 2014 : Germany
- December 10, 2014 : France
- December 10, 2014 : Sweden
- December 12, 2014 : UK
- December 12, 2014 : Ireland
- December 12, 2014 : India
- December 12, 2014 : Philippines
- December 13, 2014 : Japan
- December 16, 2014 : Spain (Madrid) (premiere)
- December 17, 2014 : Canada
- December 17, 2014 : Spain
- December 17, 2014 : USA
- December 18, 2014 : Israel
- December 18, 2014 : Singapore
- December 26, 2014 : Australia
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies cast
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf
- Martin Freeman as Bilbo
- Richard Armitage as Thorin
- Ken Stott as Balin
- Graham McTavish as Dwalin
- William Kircher as Bifur
- James Nesbitt as Bofur
- Stephen Hunter as Bombur
- Dean O’Gorman as Fili
- Aidan Turner as Kili
- John Callen as Oin
- Peter Hambleton as Gloin
- Jed Brophy as Nori
- Mark Hadlow as Dori
- Adam Brown as Ori
It was produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The Battle of the Five Armies was released on 11 December 2014 in New Zealand, 12 December 2014 in the United Kingdom, and on 17 December 2014 in the United States. It stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, and James Nesbitt. The ensemble cast also features Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom. The film was the final film featuring Christopher Lee that was released in his lifetime and was his final onscreen appearance.
The film received mixed reviews, and grossed over $956 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2014 (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction). At the 87th Academy Awards, the film received a nomination for Best Sound Editing.
Bilbo and the Dwarves watch from the Lonely Mountain as the dragon Smaug sets Laketown ablaze. Bard breaks out of prison, and eventually kills Smaug with the black arrow brought to him by his son Bain. Smaug’s falling body crushes the fleeing Master of Laketown and his cronies, who were escaping on a boat laden with the town’s gold. Bard becomes the new leader of the people of Laketown, with the Master’s conniving servant, Alfrid, acting as Bard’s reluctant servant, as they seek refuge in the ruins of Dale, while Legolas travels to investigate Mount Gundabad with Tauriel. Thorin, now struck with “dragon sickness” over the vast treasure in the mountain, searches obsessively for the Arkenstone, which Bilbo had previously found but kept hidden. Upon hearing that Laketown survivors have fled to Dale, he orders the entrance of the Lonely Mountain sealed off.
Meanwhile, Galadriel, Elrond, and Saruman arrive at Dol Guldur and free Gandalf, sending him to safety with Radagast. They battle and defeat the Nazgûl and a formless Sauron himself, banishing them to the East. Azog, marching on Erebor with his vast Orc army, sends his son Bolg to Gundabad to summon their second army. Legolas and Tauriel witness the march of Bolg’s army, bolstered by Orc berserkers and giant bats.
Thranduil and an Elf army arrive in Dale and form an alliance with Bard in order to reclaim a treasure once withheld from them by Thrór. Bard goes to the mountain and asks Thorin for the share of gold that he had previously promised the people of Laketown, but Thorin refuses. Gandalf arrives at Dale to warn Bard and Thranduil of the threat posed by Azog, but Thranduil dismisses him. Bilbo sneaks out of Erebor to hand the Arkenstone over to Thranduil and Bard so that they can trade it for the treasures they were promised and prevent a battle. When Bard’s and Thranduil’s armies gather at the gates of Erebor, offering to trade the Arkenstone for the promised treasures, Thorin angrily refuses to believe they have the Arkenstone until Bilbo admits giving it away and chides Thorin for letting greed cloud his judgement. Outraged by what he sees as betrayal, Thorin nearly kills Bilbo, but Gandalf appears and shames Thorin into releasing Bilbo. Thorin’s cousin Dáin arrives with his Dwarf army, and a battle of Dwarves against Elves and Men ensues, until Wereworms emerge from the ground, releasing Azog’s army from their tunnels. With the Orcs outnumbering Dáin’s army, Thranduil and Bard’s forces, along with Gandalf and Bilbo, join the battle, fighting the Orcs. However, a second front is opened when many Orcs, Ogres, and Trolls attack Dale, forcing Bard to withdraw his forces to defend the city, while Alfrid takes a bunch of gold and flees from Dale to his ultimate fate.
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