The Sunrise Theater will be hosting the second film in the “Oscar Flashback” series Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” hit theaters in 2001 to critical acclaim. The film is sponsored by WhitLauter Jewelers of Southern Pines and tickets are $8 reserved seating.
This movie became the first installment of a monumental blockbuster franchise — with two of its films, “Return of the King” and “The Hobbit,” still being two of the 50 highest-grossing movies to date. In 2002, “The Fellowship of the Ring” won four Oscars out of the 13 it was nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup, and Best Original Score. The movie’s critical and box office success helped pave the way towards mainstream recognition for all high fantasy media to come after it.
“The Fellowship of the Ring” is a high fantasy adventure film that takes place in Middle-earth, a fictionalized past version of Earth where elves, dwarves, and other fantastical creatures still roamed the world. A young peaceful Hobbit named Frodo Baggins comes to own the One Ring — an artifact forged by the evil Dark Lord Sauron. With the help of the wizard Gandalf and an extensive cast of supporting characters, Frodo must make his way to the fiery pits of Mount Doom where he can destroy the ring and Sauron once and for all.
By the Numbers
• Orlando Bloom landed the role of Legolas two days before he finished drama school.
• The total crew amounted to more than 3,000 people, of which approximately 300 were in the art department.
• Costume designer Ngila Dickson had 40 seamstresses working for her, creating more than 19,000 costumes.
• More than 1,600 pairs of latex ears and feet were used during the shoot.
• The design for the Hobbits’ feet took over a year to perfect. Over 18 feet were produced for the four lead Hobbits alone, and each pair would take about an hour and a half to be put on over the actors’ real feet.
• 1,460 eggs were served to the cast and crew for breakfast for every day of shooting.
• It is estimated that filming of the trilogy pumped about $200 million into the New Zealand economy.
• The original cut ran four hours and 30 minutes.
• This movie stayed in the U.S. top 10 grossing movies for 13 weeks.
Tickets to the Sunrise Theater’s showing of “The Lord of the Rings” are available at SunriseTheater.com, the Sunrise office, or by calling (910) 692-3611. The final movie in the Oscar Flashback series is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1968), sponsored by Ashten’s Restaurant on Feb. 2.