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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 4K Restoration

Opens on September 24

Director: Peter Jackson Run Time: 201 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2003

Starring: Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen

Country: New Zealand, United States
Language: English, Quenya, Old 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:

Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron’s forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord’s realm.

“The Lord of the Rings took seven years and an army of gifted artists to execute, and the striving of its makers is in every splendid frame. It’s more than a movie—it’s a gift.”

—David Eddelstein, Slate

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.

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