Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

Theatrical Release: December 17, 2003
DVD Release: May 25, 2004
Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King


It has come down to the final battle in this movie trilogy of epic magnitude. The fate of Middle-Earth will be decided. As the legions of evil are forming alliances to eliminate the race of men, the kingdom of Gondor is threatened and the people of Gondor need their king back. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) rallies Gondor’s army to action and receives aid from the army of Rohan, led by King Theoden (Bernard Hill). Although no match for their enemies, they are determined to stand their ground and distract Sauron so that the hobbits can complete their mission. Frodo (Elijah Wood), the Ring Bearer, and Sam (Sean Astin) continue their journey to the evil land of Mordor to destroy the ring, encountering treacherous paths and danger everywhere. But their biggest threat is their guide, Gollum (Andy Serkis), who desperately wants possession of the ring as he leads them to the heart of Mount Doom. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) continue to strengthen the effort from a distance.

Dove Review

This third and final film of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy caps off the series with the best film of the three, and incidentally it went on to win eleven Academy awards. The acting is superb and the actors won a SAG Award for the best ensemble cast for a film in 2003. The direction is top notch, as is the music and writing. This one is the most emotional film of the three as there is death and loss and it ties up all the loose ends.

However, it rates a four in our violence category and anything above a level two cannot be approved by Dove. It is a shame as this is the only area of content which prevents us from awarding the film our Dove Seal. Perhaps a good edited copy which will cut down the number of violent scenes will show up on television.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between a couple.
Language: None
Violence: The killling of a hobbit by Smeagol, Sam hits Gollum several times, the stabbing of orcs and men, arrows piercing both orcs and men, bloody mouths, the heads of men catapulted to the army of Gondor, trolls are pierced with arrows, a giant spider stings Frodo, a man attempts to burn his son up and himself.
Drugs: Brief drinking and smoking
Nudity: None
Occult: A crystal ball is used.


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 210 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter