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Merlin (1998)

TV Mini-Series  |  Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

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Series cast summary:
 Merlin (3 episodes, 1998)
 Morgan Le Fey (3 episodes, 1998)
 King Constant (3 episodes, 1998)
 King Vortigern (3 episodes, 1998)
 Mountain King (3 episodes, 1998)
 Lady of the Lake / ... (3 episodes, 1998)
 Frik (3 episodes, 1998)
Christian Simpson ...
 Vortigern's Guard (3 episodes, 1998)
 Guinevere (2 episodes, 1998)


The legend of King Arthur, this time, from the perspective of the King's Wizard, Merlin. Merlin is a creature born of pagan magic, living in a world converting to Christianity. Merlin is beside Arthur as he gains Excalibur, builds Camelot and is betrayed by his wife, Guinevere. Merlin and Arthur are both menaced by the plots of Morgan Le Fey, her son by Arthur, Mordred, and their cohorts. Through it all, Merlin tries to keep Arthur from the destructive path set by fate. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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merlin | camelot | mordred | king | magic | See All (96) »


The most magical adventure of all time. See more »


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Release Date:

26 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Merlin, o magos  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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| (2 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dyson Lovell, the producer, is the uncredited person who voices Sir Rupert, the horse. See more »


Although clothes, architecture, etc. heavily imply a barely post-Roman (5th-6th centuries AD) setting, characters still use the terms England and Normandy, which aren't recorded before the 9th century. It would be more appropiate to refer to them respectively as Britain and Armorica or variations thereof. See more »


Merlin: I knew I would never see her again.
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References Romeo + Juliet (1996) See more »

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Visual Treats Galore!
29 May 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

Growing up watching the "Hallmark Hall Of Fame" TV movies, I was very surprised by the time and expense that obviously went into this Hallmark production. Odd camera angles, wonderful effects, brilliant color all add to this magical story. Any director facing such a lush story as this with just a limited amount of time has to make cuts here and adjustments there to make the story have some sense. The first half of the movie concerns the birth and growth of Merlin, ther second half with the birth and growth of Arthur. The friendship between Merlin and Arthur really does come across in a way that few "King Arthur" movies have shown. The casting of major celebrities in this movie were all on the money, Martin Short is surprisingly good in his role as Flick, Queen Mab's servant, a creature that lives outside of time. You see him suddenly switching costumes and accents as he does various things. The role reminde me loosely of Tony Randall in "Seven Faces Of Dr. Lao". Very much recommended if you are a fan of Arthurian fantasy or just like a good epic.

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