March 25th, 2012: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Cast and Crew: Peter Jackson (Director, Screenplay); J.R.R. Tolkien (Novel); Fran Walsh (Screenplay, Producer); Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Producers); Howard Shore (Score); Annie Lenox (Song); Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Bruce Spence

What It’s About: As Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) struggle to reach Mount Doom, the other members of the Fellowship of the Ring attempt to unite Middle Earth to turn back Sauron’s armies.

Why Watch it Today?: Today is Tolkien Reading Day, a day chosen by the Tolkien Society for readings from The Lord of the Rings, chosen because this is the date of Sauron’s fall.

Where to Get ItExtended edition at Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu; Netflix (Rental); YouTube; your local library

Other ChoicesThe Hobbit; actually reading the books

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