DVD 179 mins IMDB 8.7 (148,726 votes) top 250: #19
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Two Towers
New Line Cinema (2002)
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(2002 )
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
USA  /  English

Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen Gandalf the Grey/Gandalf the White
Liv Tyler Arwen
Viggo Mortensen Aragorn
Sean Astin Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
Cate Blanchett Galadriel
John Rhys-Davies Gimli/Voice of Treebeard
Bernard Hill Theoden
Christopher Lee Saruman the White
Billy Boyd Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Dominic Monaghan Merry
Orlando Bloom Legolas Greenleaf
Brad Dourif Grima Wormtongue
Miranda Otto
Bruce Allpress Aldor
John Bach Madril
Sala Baker Man Flesh Uruk
Jed Brophy Sharku/Snaga
Sam Comery Éothain
Calum Gittins Haleth - Son of Háma
Bruce Hopkins Gamling
Paris Howe Strewe Théodred - Prince of Rohan
Sean Bean
Hugo Weaving
Andy Serkis

Director Peter Jackson
Producer Peter Jackson; Fran Walsh; Barrie M. Osborne
Writer J.R.R. Tolkien; Fran Walsh; Phillippa Boyens; Peter Jackson; Philippa Boyens; Stephen Sinclair
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Musician Howard Shore
User Credit 1 Michael Horton; Jabez Olssen
User Credit 2 Ngila Dickson; Richard Taylor

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 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 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 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during a marathon 18-month shooting schedule, overseen by Peter Jackson. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 794043650420
Region Region 1
Chapters 53
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 4

Disc 1: Widescreen Box set Dolby DTS Surround Sound Color
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Epic battle sequences and scary images. (also special extended edition)
User Text 2 A New Power Is Rising.
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Trivia: Several members of the cast returned to New Zealand when Peter Jackson thought of some more ideas for scenes. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When the three ladders are raised on the Keep in the Helms Deep sequence, the wide and close-in shots alternate between the outer two ladders being about 30 feet apart and less than 5 feet apart, respectively (the third is in between them and never makes it up). (more)

[first lines]
Gandalf: You cannot pass!
Frodo: Gandalf!
Gandalf: I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. Go back to the shadow. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn! You shall not pass!

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 71 nominations (more)