The Return of the King (2003 film)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Directed by Peter Jackson
Produced by Peter Jackson
Michael Lynne
Mark Ordesky
Barrie M. Osborne
Robert Shaye
Fran Walsh
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien (original)
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson
Starring Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Sean Astin
Viggo Mortensen
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Editing by Jamie Selkirk
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) December 17, 2003
Running time 201 min
Country New Zealand
Language English
Preceded by The Two Towers
Followed by The Hobbitt: An Unexpected Journey
IMDb profile

The Return of the King is a film made by Peter Jackson adapting the last book in J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. The film made significant omissions, such as the omission of the battle in the shire (which was alluded to in the first film through Galadriel's mirror) and death of Saruman (Saruman's death is shown in the extended edition, though it happens at Isengard instead of the Shire.) The film won eleven Oscars for Best Art Direction/Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Makeup, Best Music/Original Score, Best Music/Original Song, Best Picture, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects and Best Writing/Adapted Screenplay. The film remains one of the joint-record holders for Academy Awards, along with Ben-Hur and Titanic.