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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The second film in Peter Jackson's series of screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally popular Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers literally begins where J.R.R. Tolkien ended, with the Fellowship splitting into three groups as they seek to return the Ring to Mordor, the forbidding land where the powerful talisman must be taken to be destroyed. Frodo (Elijah Wood), who carries the Ring, and his fellow Hobbit Sam (Sean Astin) are lost in the hills of Emyn Muil when they encounter Gollum (Andy Serkis), a strange creature who once carried the Ring and was twisted by its power. Gollum volunteers to guide the pair to Mordor; Frodo agrees, but Sam does not trust their new acquaintance. Elsewhere, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are attempting to navigate Fangorn Forrest where they discover a most unusual nemesis -- Treebeard (voice of John Rhys-Davies), a walking and talking tree-shepherd who doesn't much care for Hobbits. Finally, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) arrive in Rohan to discover that the evil powers of Saruman (Christopher Lee) have robbed King Theoden (Bernard Hill) of his rule. The King's niece Éowyn (Miranda Otto) believes Aragorn and his men have the strength to defeat Saruman, his henchman Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), and their minions. Éowyn soon becomes infatuated with Aragorn, while he struggles to stay faithful to the pledge of love he made to Arwen (Liv Tyler). Gandalf (Ian McKellen) offers his help and encouragement as the Rohans, under Aragorn's leadership, attempt to face down Saruman's armies, but they soon discover how great the task before them truly is when they learn that his troops consist of 10,000 bloodthirsty creatures specially bred to fight to the death. Most of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was shot in tandem with J.R.R. Tolkien and Ian McKellen during a marathon 18-month shooting schedule, overseen by Peter Jackson. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Broadcast Film Critics Association Howard Shore Best Composer 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Howard Shore Best Score 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Rygiel Best Visual Effects 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Letteri Best Visual Effects 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Semanick Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Jackson Best Director 2002 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Peter Jackson Best Director 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Jackson Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randall William Cook Best Visual Effects 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barrie M. Osborne Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Horton Best Editing 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Lee Best Art Direction 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Hedges Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Boyes Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dan Hennah Best Art Direction 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alex Funke Best Visual Effects 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ethan Van der Ryn Best Sound Editing 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fran Walsh Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant Major Best Art Direction 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hammond Peek Best Sound 2002 Nominee

Cast

Elijah Wood
as Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen
as Gandalf
Liv Tyler
as Arwen
Viggo Mortensen
as Aragorn
Sean Astin
as Samwise Gamgee
Cate Blanchett
as Galadriel
John Rhys-Davies
as Gimli
Bernard Hill
as Théoden
Christopher Lee
as Saruman
Billy Boyd
as Pippin
Dominic Monaghan
as Merry
Orlando Bloom
as Legolas
Hugo Weaving
as Elrond
Miranda Otto
as Éowyn
David Wenham
as Faramir
Brad Dourif
as Grima Wormtongue
Andy Serkis
as Gollum
Karl Urban
as Éomer
Craig Parker
as Haldir
John Rhys-Davies
as Treebeard
Sala Baker
as Sauron
Marton Csokas
as Celeborn
Sala Baker
as Sauron

Crew

Peter Jackson
Director
Peter Jackson
Producer
Fran Walsh
Producer
Barrie M. Osborne
Producer
Stephen Sinclair
Screenwriter
Fran Walsh
Screenwriter
Peter Jackson
Screenwriter
Philippa Boyens
Screenwriter
J.R.R. Tolkien
Book Author
Andrew Lesnie
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Horton
Editor
Jabez Olssen
Editor
Grant Major
Production Designer
Joe Peter Bleakley
Art Director
Mark Robins
Art Director
Rob Otterside
Art Director
Philip Ivey
Art Director
Jamie Selkirk
Co-producer
Rick Porras
Co-producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Mark Ordesky
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Michael Lynne
Executive Producer
Robert Shaye
Executive Producer
Dan Hennah
Set Designer
Alan Lee
Set Designer
Ngila Dickson
Costume Designer
Richard Taylor
Costume Designer
David Farmer
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Semanick
Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Boyes
Sound/Sound Designer
Hammond Peek
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Hedges
Sound/Sound Designer
Ethan Van der Ryn
Sound/Sound Designer
Carolynne Cunningham
First Assistant Director
John Hubbard
Casting
Ann Robinson
Casting
Amy MacLean
Casting
Liz Mullane
Casting
Victoria Burrows
Casting
Randall William Cook
Visual Effects
Mike Hopkins
Supervising Sound Editor
John Mahaffie
Second Unit Director
Richard Taylor
Creature Effects
Richard Taylor
Makeup Special Effects
Richard Taylor
Model Effects
Jim Rygiel
Visual Effects Supervisor
Joe Letteri
Visual Effects
Ethan Van der Ryn
Supervising Sound Editor
George Marshall Ruge
Stunts Coordinator
Alex Funke
Visual Effects
Geoff Murphy
Second Unit Director
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