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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012 film directed by Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Released 2012 (10 years, 2 months ago)

Director Peter Jackson
Duration 169 minutes
Cost $180,000,000
Box office $1,021,103,568
Awards Annie Award
Genre fantasy film, adventure film, treasure hunt film, film adaptation, action film and epic film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Academy Award for Best Production Design and Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Composer Howard Shore
Production company New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. and Wingnut Films
Country of origin United States of America, New Zealand and United Kingdom
Screenwriter Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens and J. R. R. Tolkien
Producer Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham and Zane Weiner

About The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first installment in a three-part film adaptation based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), and together they act as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The film's screenplay was written by Peter Jackson, his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, who was originally chosen to direct the film before leaving the project in 2010. The story is set in Middle-earth sixty years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, and portions of the film are adapted from the appendices to Tolkien's The Return of the King. An Unexpected Journey tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The ensemble cast also includes James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis, and features Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries and Manu Bennett. An Unexpected Journey premiered on 28 November 2012 in New Zealand and was released internationally on 12 December 2012. The film has grossed over $1 billion at the box office, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers nominally, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2012 and the 31st highest-grossing film of all time. Receiving mixed to positive reviews from critics, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was also nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.

Oldest

93 years, 1 month, 4 days

Youngest

39 years, 7 months, 27 days

Born first

27 May 1922

Died first

7 June 2015

Born last

19 June 1983

Died last

19 June 2020