The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 35mm M

A scene from The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King showing two hobbits (Elijah Wood and Sean Astin) either side of the creature Gollum (Andy Serkis) peering up from behind a stone wall.
11 November
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10
Dir: Peter Jackson, M, New Zealand, United States, 2003, 201mins, 35mm,

In the final instalment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue their perilous trek towards Mordor, oblivious to the fact that their guide Gollum (Andy Serkis) plans to betray them and steal the One Ring for himself. 

Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) frantically ride towards Minas Tirith to warn Gondor’s steward, Denethor (John Noble), about the enemy’s plans to attack. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) travels the Paths of the Dead with Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) to swear an oath to a legion of ghostly warriors to release them from their curse should they stand with Gondor’s armies.  

Culminating in one of the most epic battle scenes in Hollywood history, the fellowship face danger, death and destruction as they try to bring peace to Middle-earth. 

Peter Jackson captivated global audiences with the final The Lord of the Rings film, grossing over US$1.1 billion worldwide. He provided an emotional ending (plus a few more endings for good measure) that has inspired generations since its release 20 years ago. 

The Return of the King ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life, and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends’ – AV Club 

Tickets for all three films are available at the special price of $25 ($20 concession)! 

Presented on a 35mm film print from the NFSA collection.  



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