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Lord of the Rings Return of the King has the highest body count for any movie made!


The film tops the list with 836 bodies. The second place winner is Kingdom of Heaven with 610 bodies. Lord of the Rings Return of the King was released in 2003. Although it shares a name with the third volume of JRR Tolkien's epic novel, it actually incorporates a good chunk of the second volume, The Two Towers. Specifically, much of Sam and Frodo's journey was taken from the second volume. This was for two reasons: 1. because otherwise, Sam and Frodo wouldn't have had much to do in the movie, according to the director, and 2. because those events match up chronologically with the events that everyone else is going through, so it made sense to move them.

Here's more facts about Return of the King

  • It's one of the greatest critical and box-office successes of all time.
  • It was only the second film to ever gross $1 billion worldwide.
  • It won all 11 Academy Awards that it was nominated for.
  • Most notably, the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the first and only time a fantasy film has accomplished that.
  • It was 200 minutes long and shot in New Zealand, concurrently with the other films in the series.
  • It had a $94 million budget. It contains 1,488 visual effects shots and for the battle, they shot 450 motions for the massive digital horses. 

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