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EXT. DOOR OF SAMMATH NAUR, MOUNT DOOM - DAY

ANGLE ON: SAM is GASPING, his lungs EXPLODING as he RACES up
the SLOPES of MOUNT DOOM searching for FRODO.

ANGLE ON: SAM arriving at the STONE DOORWAY of SAMMATH NAUR
. . . leading into the MOUNTAIN!

SAM staggers into it!

INT. THE CRACK OF DOOM TUNNEL - DAY

ANGLE ON: SAM flinches against the FIERCE HEAT blasting down
the TUNNEL.

                         SAM
                  (yelling)
             Frodo!

SAM lurches forward ... towards an ORANGE GLOW deep in the
HEART of the MOUNTAIN.

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

The HEAT is almost UNBEARABLE ... SAM sees FRODO in the
DISTANCE ...

                       FRODO
            I'm here, Sam.

ANGLE ON: FRODO is standing on the EDGE of the CRACK OF DOOM
. . . a deep LAVA FILLED CHASM, in the very heart of ancient
SAURON'S FORGES, the greatest in Middle-earth.

The RAGING ORANGE GLARE from the CHASM turns FRODO into a
BLACK SILHOUETTE . . . standing TENSE and STILL.

FRODO holds the RING in his HAND . . . he RAISES IT, holding
it over the BUBBLING LAVA far below.-

                       SAM
                 (yelling)
            Destroy it - go on! Throw it in the fire!

CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . a STRANGE EXPRESSION on his face . . .

                       SAM (cont'd)
            What are you waiting for? Just let it go!

ON THE SOUNDTRACK: The HUM of the RING grows louder and
louder! FRODO PULLS the RING close to his body as he turns to
SAM.

FRODO looks at SAM, the RING has finally taken him.

                       FRODO
            The Ring is mine.

SAM SCREAMS as . . .

... FRODO PUTS THE RING ON! He VANISHES!

                       SAM
            No!  :

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

With a storm of wings, the NAZGUL wheel around and hurtle
towards MOUNT DOOM!

In the midst of the BATTLE - GANDALF ... realising FRODO has
been seen . . .

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: SAM is SCREAMING for FRODO . . .

ANGLE ON: FOOTPRINTS moving across the ASH COVERED CAVERN
FLOOR!

SUDDENLY! GOLLUM smashes a ROCK down on SAM'S HEAD, knocking
him to the GROUND!

GOLLUM LEAPS on to the INVISIBLE FRODO!

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S FOOTPRINTS . . . staggering about under
GOLLUM'S WEIGHT!

ANGLE ON: GOLLUM clawing FRANTICALLY, riding on the BACK of
the INVISIBLE FRODO . . .

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN turns and is confronted by an ARMOURED TROLL,
wielding an ENORMOUS MALLET . . .

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM

GOLLUM suddenly LIFTS HIS HANDS to his face ... and BITES
HARD!

ANGLE ON: FRODO MATERIALIZES as he DROPS TO HIS KNEES,
clutching his BLEEDING HAND . . . he SCREAMS.

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The FIRES below roar in anger, RED LIGHT blazes, and all the
cavern is filled with a great glare and heat.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: LEGOLAS as ARAGORN falls to the GROUND . . .

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM triumphantly HOLDS the RING ALOFT . . .
ECSTATIC!

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM dancing GLEEFULLY . . . PERILOUSLY close to
the EDGE OF THE CHASM!

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN turns to see HUGE TROLL FEET moving CLOSER ...
LEGOLAS races toward him ...

INT. CRACK OF DOOM

GOLLUM still TRIUMPHANT . . . on the edge of the PRECIPICE ...
The FIERY LAVA casting an EVIL LIGHT . . . He jumps about in
DELIGHT . . .

                       GOLLUM
             Precious! Precious!

ANGLE ON: FRODO rises slowly . . . his EYES lock on GOLLUM . . .
time seems to stand still as each regards the other ...

CLOSE ON: the RING glinting in GOLLUM'S HAND . . . BEAUTIFUL
... POWERFUL ... EVIL . . .

SUDDENLY! FRODO lunges at GOLLUM ...

FRODO thuds into GOLLUM, lifting him off his feet . . .

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ANGLE ON: FRODO and GOLLUM locked in STRUGGLE plummet over
the EDGE OF THE CHASM.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

THUD! The HUGE FOOT of the CAVE TROLL lands on ARAGORN'S
chest. He STABS at. it ineffectually . . .

ANGLE ON: GANDALF in despair ...

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM

SAM watches in HORROR as FRODO and GOLLUM ... disappear into
the CHASM! He staggers over . . .

SLOW MOTION: GOLLUM falls into the CRACK OF DOOM . . .
INSTANTLY engulfed in the CHURNING LAVA!

ANGLE ON: SAM leans into the CRACK OF DOOM . . .

ANGLE ON: FRODO clinging onto the ROCK FACE with his ONE GOOD
HAND!

The CAVERNS are SHAKING VIOLENTLY.

SAM desperately reaches for him . . . FRODO is too far down.

                        SAM
             Give me your hand.

CLOSE ON: FRODO looks at SAM, his face impassive.

                        SAM (cont'd)
             Take my hand!

FRODO struggles to reach SAM . . . he.can't reach WITH HIS
BLEEDING hand, and falls'back, still clinging valiantly to
the ROCK with his good hand . . .

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                       SAM (cont'd)
             No!

ANGLE ON: FRODO looks at SAM imploringly . . .

                        SAM (cont'd)
             Don't you let go! Don't let go.
                  (desperate)
             Reach!!!

ANGLE ON: FRODO reaches up once more and this time SAM GRASPS
his hand TIGHTLY .

CLOSE ON: The RING sits on the river of LAVA for a brief
moment, then SINKS away . . . .

 

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