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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

2013 epic fantasy adventure film

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Released 2 December 2013 (9 years, 2 months ago)

Director Peter Jackson
Duration 161 minutes
Cost $225,000,000
Box office $958,366,855
Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Genre high fantasy, fantasy film, adventure film, treasure hunt film, film adaptation and action film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing and Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Composer Howard Shore
Production company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films and New Line Cinema
Country of origin United States of America, New Zealand and United Kingdom
Screenwriter Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson
Producer Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson

About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and produced by WingNut Films in collaboration with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and is the second installment in the three-part film series based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The film was preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) and followed by The Battle of the Five Armies (2014); together they operate as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The film follows the titular character Bilbo Baggins as he accompanies Thorin Oakenshield and his fellow dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The film also features the vengeful pursuit of Azog the Defiler and Bolg, while Gandalf the Grey investigates a growing evil in the ruins of Dol Guldur. The ensemble cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro wrote the screenplay. The films were shot simultaneously in 3D at a projection rate of 48 frames per second, with principal photography taking place around New Zealand and at Pinewood Studios. Additional filming took place throughout May 2013. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles and was released internationally on 11 December 2013 in both conventional and IMAX theatres. The film received mostly positive reviews and has grossed over $958 million at the worldwide box office, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2013 and the 39th highest-grossing film of all time. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film received nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

Cast and crew

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83 years, 9 months, 3 days


39 years, 7 months, 27 days

Born first

25 May 1939

Born last

19 June 1983