A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Howard ... Voice of the Ring (voice)
Noel Appleby Noel Appleby ... Everard Proudfoot
Sean Astin ... Sam
Sala Baker ... Sauron
Sean Bean ... Boromir
Cate Blanchett ... Galadriel
Orlando Bloom ... Legolas
Billy Boyd ... Pippin
Marton Csokas ... Celeborn
Megan Edwards Megan Edwards ... Mrs. Proudfoot
Michael Elsworth Michael Elsworth ... Gondorian Archivist
Mark Ferguson ... Gil-galad
Ian Holm ... Bilbo
Christopher Lee ... Saruman
Lawrence Makoare ... Lurtz

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Storyline

An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist of fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it. However, he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir, and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin, and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign. Written by Paul Twomey <toomsp@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and some scary images | See all certifications »

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Sir Ian McKellen hadn't read the books when he was first approached by Peter Jackson to play Gandalf. It was Jackson's enthusiasm for the project that won him over. See more »

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When Gandalf is reading Isildur's record of the ring in the vaults of Gondor, he starts by reading "The year 3434 of the Second Age..." and goes on to describe how Isildur, High King of Gondor came to possess the Ring of Power. However, in year 3434 the Last Alliance had just entered Mordor. It was another seven years, S.A. 3441 before the Ring was cut from Sauron's hand. This Scroll of Isildur was written in the first or second year of the Third Age. See more »

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[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. Seven to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who, above all else, desire power. But they were, all of them, deceived, for ...
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Crazy Credits

Toward the end of the credits, there are some lines in Maori, thanking the people of New Zealand, where the movie was filmed.: He mihi nui hoki ki nga tangata whenua o Aotearoa. Ma rangi raua ko papa tatou e manaaki, e tiaki hei nga tau e tu mai nei. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical release and the Extended DVD, when Aragorn is fighting the Uruk-hai that killed Boromir (Lurz), Aragorn stabs him in the leg with a knife, the uruk-hai then pulls the knife out of his leg and greedily licks the blood off of it before throwing it at Aragorn. This scene is cut out of the Theatrical Edition DVD. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

To The Bottle I Go
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Written by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Performed by Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood
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Wow!
11 December 2001 | by minionlostSee all my reviews

Breathtaking. Unique. Captivating. Enchanting.

Within minutes of the start of this first chapter of an undeniably epic trilogy, the audience was left gasping at the intensity of the images on the screen. And we had nearly three hours to go.

The scope of Tolkien's masterpiece may have eluded film-makers for decades, but director Peter Jackson makes good on his promise: he has not only brought us the tale of Frodo and his bold companions, he has brought us Middle Earth. And believe me, it is BIG. Sweeping vistas and hang-onto-your-seat camera shots send us zooming through the towering cities and citadels of Tolkien's imagination.

But even more impressive than the stunning visuals and sound-effects-like-you've-never-heard-before are the actors who breathe life into the characters. Ian McKellen's portrayal of Gandalf is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and Elijah Wood's Frodo is one of the most unexpectedly captivating performances I've seen in a long time. The despair, terror, and determination of the Fellowship is all there, in spades. I left the theater aching...from tensing every muscle during the fight and flight sequences--the breathless and compelling kind we haven't seen since Spielberg gave us a desperate charge onto the D-Day beaches of Normandy.

Those unfamiliar with Tolkien's world may quickly find themselves lost in it, but happily so. The depth of his creation cannot be grasped in a few hours, and it doesn't need to be; the struggle of good against evil explodes on the screen, and leaves little room for complaint.

The movie ended with a stunned audience sitting on the edges of their seats, feeling somewhat bereft. We were exhausted, but no one wanted to wait a year for more.

Jackson's ambitious first chapter is truly unlike anything you've seen this year. George Lucas and Chris Columbus take note: this is how you deliver on a cinematic promise.

For everyone else: don't you dare miss it.


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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English | Sindarin

Release Date:

19 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$93,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,211,490, 23 December 2001

Gross USA:

$315,710,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$897,636,149
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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