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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
PTI
March 23, 2003
First Published: 14:49 IST(21/3/2003)
Last Updated: 12:28 IST(23/3/2003)

Cast: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen
Directors: Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson

Considered by millions throughout the world to be the greatest adventure ever told, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy chronicles the epic struggle for possession of the infamous One Ring. If returned to its creator, the Dark Lord Sauron, The Ring will give him the power to enslave the world.

New Line Cinema presents The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central film in Peter Jackson's motion picture trilogy, an epic adventure of good against evil set in a time of uncertainty in the land of Middle-earth, scheduled to open December 18, 2002. The trilogy represents an unprecedented undertaking - three films made simultaneously over a year and a half of production. The first film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was released in December 2001, to widespread critical acclaim and garnered $860 million worldwide. The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, more than any other film released that year, and won four, including Best Visual Effects for the groundbreaking techniques used by Jackson and the visual effects team to fully realise Tolkien's universe.

At the end of part one, following the death of Boromir (Sean Bean) and Gandalf's plunge into the pit at Khazad-dum, The Fellowship was forced to divide. Though splintered into three groups, each member of the original Fellowship is no less determined in his heroic quest.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers begins in the hills of Emyn Muil, where lost Hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis). A mercurial creature who has himself been warped by the Ring, Gollum promises to guide the Hobbits to the Black Gates of Mordor if they will release him. Sam does not trust their new companion, but Frodo takes pity on Gollum, who like himself was once a Ringbearer.

Across Middle-earth Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden (Bernard Hill) has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell through the manipulations of his spy, the sinister Wormtongue (Brad Dourif). Eowyn (Miranda Otto), the niece to the King, recognizes a leader in the Human warrior Aragorn. And though he finds himself drawn to her, Aragorn is constantly reminded of his enduring love for the Elf Arwen (Liv Tyler) and the pact they made together.

Gandalf (Ian McKellen) has been reborn as Gandalf the White following his cataclysmic fight with the Balrog, and reminds Aragorn of his destiny to unite the Rohan people with the last remaining stronghold of Human resistance - Gondor.

Meanwhile, the captured Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) have escaped from the Uruk-hai on their own, fleeing into the mysterious Fangorn Forest, where they discover an unexpected ally among the ancient trees - Treebeard, a living, walking tree-shepherd, whose forest Saruman has decimated.

In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will face unimaginable armies and deception while also witnessing ancient wonders and the untapped strength of their people. Together they must stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers - Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman has bred a lethal army 10,000 strong; and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dor, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.


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