The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 4K Restoration
Director: Peter Jackson Run Time: 179 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2001
Starring: Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen
Country: New Zealand, United States
Language: English, Sindarin
Lord of the Rings Weekend at Gateway Film Center
Journey back to Middle Earth for the worldwide celebration of Tolkien Week! Relive one of the greatest cinematic experiences of all time with 4K Restorations at the Film Center.
On Hobbit Day – Friday, September 22, the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins – see The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), followed by The Two Towers (2002) on Saturday and The Return of the King (2003) on Sunday.
About the film:
Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.
“achieves what the best fairy tales do: the creation of an alternate world, plausible and persuasive, where the young — and not only the young — can lose themselves. And perhaps, in identifying with the little Hobbit that could, find their better selves”
—Richard Corliss, Time
An annual tradition during Tolkien Week, the Film Center first screened Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy on 35mm film in 2012. The films were nominated for a combined total of 30 Academy Awards and won 17. The Return of the King made history by winning in all 11 nominated categories, tying with Ben-Hur (1959) and Titanic (1997) for most wins by a single film. The success of the trilogy changed the cinematic landscape, ushering in a new era of genre storytelling.
About the filmmaker:
Peter Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker best known as the director, writer and producer of the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and the Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014), both of which are adapted from the novels by J. R. R. Tolkien. Jackson’s debut feature Bad Taste (1987) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. His critically lauded drama Heavenly Creatures (1994) earned Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh their first Academy Award nomination. Other notable films include the horror comedy The Frighteners (1996), epic monster remake King Kong (2005), World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) and the documentary The Beatles: Get Back (2021). Jackson has been awarded three Academy Awards, three BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, two Primetime Emmy Awards and four Saturn Awards, among others.See our upcoming films