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Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

In this final installment of The Lord of the Rings franchise, director Peter Jackson (and his writing team) do an admirable job of pacing the audience, and carefully guiding them through the hills and valleys of story's climaxes and resolutions. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 219
Theater Release: 17 Dec 2003
Video Release: 27 Aug 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is rated PG-13: for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images

Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Sean Astin, Elijah Woods, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom
Studio: 2003 New Line Cinema
Website: Official site for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Detailed Review

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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

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