The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

New Line Cinema / MGM / Wingnut Films Released 2012




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Movie Summary

Peter Jackson

Gandalf the Grey recruits the reluctant shire local Bilbo Baggins for a dangerous adventure. Accompanied by 13 dwarves in search of great fortune, Bilbo sets out on the journey of a lifetime. A journey that will change him forever.


Metacritic Score

  • 83

    The Playlist Rodrigo Perez

    As epic, grandiose, and emotionally appealing as the previous pictures, The Hobbit doesn't stray far from the mold, but it's a thrilling ride that's one of the most enjoyable, exci...

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A purist's delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however, it's also a bit of a slog, with an inord...

  • 40

    Boxoffice Magazine

    The Hobbit is just good enough to make you aware of how it could have been much, much better. If you take your kids-while shielding them from various nonhuman bad guys getting deca...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Gandalf: to Thorin If we are to be successful, this will need to be handled with tact. And Respect. And no small degree of charm. Which is why you will leave the talking to me.

    • Gandalf: Did you know that your great, great, great, great Uncle Bollroarer Took was so large he could ride a real horse?
      Bilbo: Yes.
      Gandalf: Well he could. In the battle of Greenfields he charged the goblin ranks. He swung his club so hard it knocked the goblin king's head clean off and it sailed a hundred yards through the air, and went down a rabbit hole. And thus, the battle was won, and the game of golf invented at the same time.

    • Bilbo: Can you promise that I will come back?
      Gandalf: No. And if you do, you won't be the same.

    • Bilbo: Excuse me, that is a doily, not a dish cloth.
      Bofur: But it's full of holes.
      Bilbo: It's supposed to be like that, it's crochet.
      Bofur: Oh, and a wonderful game it is too, if you've got the balls for it.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Production Budget - $250,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $302,517,733 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $1,017,003,568 (4th)

    • Tagline:
      From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends.

    • Other production companies:
      WingNut Films
      Warner Bros.
      (Canadian / US distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Tekapo, New Zealand
      Te Anau, New Zealand
      Otago, New Zealand
      Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
      Canterbury, New Zealand
      Waikato, New Zealand
      Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
      Dunedin, New Zealand
      Central Plateau, New Zealand
      Wellington, New Zealand

    • Music:
      Song of the Lonely Mountain
      Music by Neil Finn, David Donaldson, David Long and Janet Roddick
      Lyrics and Performance by Neil Finn
      Torture Song
      Performed by Barry Humphries

    • The 'Extended Edition DVD/Bluray' runs 12m 54s longer.

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Art Direction
      2. Makeup
      3. Visual Effects


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