The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The film is the second instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and was produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Jackson, and written by Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair and Jackson.
The film features an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban and Andy Serkis. It was preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and followed by The Return of the King (2003).
- Starring : Elijah Wood / Ian McKellen
- Genre : Adventure / Drama / Fantasy
- Country : New Zealand / United States
- Language : English / Sindarin / Old English
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Production : New Line Cinema / WingNut Films / The Saul Zaentz Company
- Distributor : New Line Cinema / A-Film Distribution / Alliance Atlantis Communications / Aurum Producciones / Entertainment Film Distributors / FS Film / Fox-Warner / Metropolitan Filmexport / Roadshow Film Distributors / Svensk Filmindustri / Village Roadshow Entertainment / Warner Bros. / Warner Roadshow Film Distributors / Alexandra Films / Herald Film Company / Karo Premiere / Medusa Distribuzione / Shochiku / A-Film Home Entertainment / Alliance Atlantis Home Video / Argentina Video Home / Entertainment in Video / New Line Home Entertainment / New Line Home Video / Pony Canyon / Roadshow Entertainment Video / Roadshow Entertainment / Warner Home Video / Warner Home Vídeo / Katholieke Radio Omroep (KRO) / Alliance Universal / MGM Worldwide Television / Cinergia / Deltamac Co. / HBO Max / Nelonen / Netflix / Rainboworld Entertainment / SBS6 / SBS9 / SF Norge A/S / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Svensk Filmindustri (SF) / The WB Television Network / Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers release date
- December 5, 2002 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- December 10, 2002 : France (Paris) (premiere)
- December 11, 2002 : UK (London) (premiere)
- December 15, 2002 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- December 18, 2002 : Canada
- December 18, 2002 : Switzerland
- December 18, 2002 : Germany
- December 18, 2002 : Spain
- December 18, 2002 : France
- December 18, 2002 : UK
- December 18, 2002 : Ireland
- December 18, 2002 : Sweden
- December 18, 2002 : USA
- December 19, 2002 : Australia (Sydney) (premiere)
- December 19, 2002 : Israel
- December 19, 2002 : Singapore
- December 26, 2002 : Australia
- January 11, 2003 : Philippines
- January 15, 2003 : United Arab Emirates
- February 15, 2003 : Japan (premiere)
- February 22, 2003 : Japan
- March 28, 2003 : India
- December 10, 2003 : France (re-release)
- December 11, 2003 : Spain (extended version) (re-release)
- January 24, 2004 : Japan (extended version) (re-release)
- February 5, 2011 : Canada (Digital Film Festival)
- June 21, 2011 : USA (extended version) (re-release) (limited)
- December 8, 2012 : USA (re-release)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers cast
- Bruce Allpress as Aldor
- Sean Astin as Sam
- John Bach as Madril
- Sala Baker as Man Flesh Uruk
- Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas
- Billy Boyd as Pippin
- Jed Brophy as Sharku / Snaga
- Sam Comery as Eothain
- Brad Dourif as Wormtongue
- Calum Gittins as Haleth
- Bernard Hill as Theoden
- Bruce Hopkins as Gamling
- Paris Howe Strewe as Theodred
- Christopher Lee as Saruman
Continuing the plot of The Fellowship of the Ring, the film intercuts three storylines. Frodo and Sam continue their journey towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring, meeting and joined by Gollum, the ring’s former owner. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come to the war-torn nation of Rohan and are reunited with the resurrected Gandalf, before fighting at the Battle of Helm’s Deep. Merry and Pippin escape capture, meet Treebeard the Ent, and help to plan an attack on Isengard.
The Two Towers was financed and distributed by American studio New Line Cinema, but filmed and edited entirely in Jackson’s native New Zealand, concurrently with the other two parts of the trilogy. Released on 18 December 2002, the film was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, who considered it to be a landmark in filmmaking and an achievement in the fantasy film genre. It has grossed over $926 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2002 and the 4th highest-grossing film of all time at the time of its release.
The Two Towers is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential fantasy films ever made. The film won many awards, including being nominated for six Oscars at the 75th Academy Awards ceremony, of which it won two, for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.
Awakening from a dream of Gandalf the Grey battling the Balrog, Frodo Baggins and his friend Samwise Gamgee find themselves lost in the Emyn Muil near Mordor and soon become aware that they are being stalked by Gollum, the former owner of the One Ring. After capturing him, a sympathetic Frodo decides to use Gollum as a guide to Mordor, despite Sam’s objections.
Meanwhile, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli pursue the Uruk-hai to save their companions Merry and Pippin. The Uruk-hai are ambushed by a group of Rohirrim, while the two Hobbits escape into Fangorn Forest and encounter Treebeard, an Ent. Aragorn’s group later meets the Rohirrim and their leader Éomer, who reveals that they have been exiled by their king Théoden who is being manipulated by Saruman and his servant Gríma Wormtongue into turning a blind eye to Saruman’s forces running rampant in Rohan. While searching for the Hobbits in Fangorn, Aragorn’s group encounters Gandalf, who, after succumbing to his injuries while killing the Balrog in Moria, has been resurrected as Gandalf the White to help save Middle-earth.
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