DVD 178 mins IMDB 8.8 (192,525 votes) top 250: #13
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Fellowship of the Ring
New Line Cinema (2001)
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(2002 )
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
New Zealand  /  English

Noel Appleby Everard Proudfoot
Sean Astin Sam Gamgee
Sala Baker Sauron
Sean Bean Boromir
Cate Blanchett Galadriel
Orlando Bloom Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd Pippin
Marton Csokas Celeborn
Megan Edwards Mrs. Proudfoot
Michael Elsworth Gondorian Archivist
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen Gandalf
Ian Holm Bilbo Baggins
Viggo Mortensen Aragorn
John Rhys-Davies Gimli
Liv Tyler Arwen
Christopher Lee Saruman
Dominic Monaghan
Alan Howard The Ring (voice)
Mark Ferguson Gil-Galad
Lawrence Makoare Lurtz
Hugo Weaving
Andy Serkis

Director Peter Jackson
Producer Peter Jackson; Tim Sanders; Barrie M. Osborne; Fran Walsh
Writer J.R.R. Tolkien; Fran Walsh; Phillippa Boyens; Peter Jackson; Philippa Boyens
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Musician David Donaldson; Enya; David Long; Steve Roche; Janet Roddick; Howard Shore
User Credit 1 John Gilbert
User Credit 2 Ngila Dickson; Richard Taylor

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson fulfills his lifelong dream of transforming author J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling fantasy epic into a three-part motion picture that begins with this holiday 2001 release. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit resident of the medieval "Middle-earth" who discovers that a ring bequeathed to him by beloved relative and benefactor Bilbo (Ian Holm) is in fact the "One Ring," a device that will allow its master to manipulate dark powers and enslave the world. Frodo is charged by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to return the ring to Mount Doom, the evil site where it was forged millennia ago and the only place where it can be destroyed. Accompanying Frodo is a fellowship of eight others: his Hobbit friends Sam (Sean Astin), Merry (Dominic Monaghan), and Pippin (Billy Boyd); plus Gandalf; the human warriors Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Boromir (Sean Bean); Elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom); and Dwarf soldier Gimli (John Rhys-Davies). The band's odyssey to the dreaded land of Mordor, where Mount Doom lies, takes them through the Elfish domain of Rivendell and the forest of Lothlorien, where they receive aid and comfort from the Elf princess Arwen (Liv Tyler), her father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and Queen Galadriel (Cate Blanchett). In pursuit of the travelers and their ring are Saruman (Christopher Lee) — a traitorous wizard and kin, of sorts, to Gandalf — and the Dark Riders, under the control of the evil, mysterious Sauron (Sala Baker). The Fellowship must also do battle with a troll, flying spies, Orcs, and other deadly obstacles both natural and otherwise as they draw closer to Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) was filmed in Jackson's native New Zealand, closely followed by its pair of sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 794043554223
Region Region 1
Chapters 40
Release Date 8/6/2002
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Epic battle sequences and some scary images. (also special extended edition)
User Text 2 The Legend Comes to Life
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Trivia: The scream of the Ringwraiths is actually Fran Walsh, the co-writer and co-producer of the film. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Gandalf first appears riding on his cart, there is a long grey-green cloth hanging from the lantern on the right-hand side of the cart, with Gandalf's staff on the left. In the next shot, the lantern and cloth have switched sides with the staff (which itself moves back and forth between shots as Gandalf and Frodo travel into the village). It would seem that the first shot has been flipped so that the "road" bends round to the left to match the curve of the road as Gandalf approaches Frodo in the next shot. (more)

[first lines]
Galadriel: The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings...

Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 68 wins & 81 nominations (more)