The Return of the King (1980) (part 6 of 8)


Moving on, Sam and Frodo join up with the march, which makes the Orcs look like real morons, since these two clowns don’t even come close to looking like them, based on how they’re dressed.

The Return of the King (1980) (part 6 of 8)

The song resumes, and we get some griping from our heroes in full view of the leader of the troop that goes unnoticed. A little later, a chance to break off comes as the Orcs come into conflict with an army of men. A fight breaks out, and Frodo and Sam are able to slip away.

The Return of the King (1980) (part 6 of 8)

More angst from Frodo leads to him falling down a hole. Sam follows, and this takes us to commercial. Back from the break, we rejoin Gandalf as he prattles on and on about good and evil, while the Orcs are stomping a mud hole in his army and walking it dry.

The Return of the King (1980) (part 6 of 8)

They prepare to break through the gates of the city, and Gandalf decides to basically commit suicide by facing them alone. He bids farewell to Pippin, but Pippin insists on getting killed too, so they go off. Hmm, not quite as inspiring as it was in the 2003 version.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: The Return of the King (1980)

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