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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)
 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 Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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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?


Billie Whitelaw, playing Ambrosia who raises young Merlin, also starred in The Omen as nanny to young Damien, who grew up to be played by Sam Neill in the third of The Omen trilogy, The Final Conflict. 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 »


King Arthur Pendragon: Guinevere how could you do it? Did you not think of me at all?
Queen Guinevere: You left me alone for years, did you not think of me? What of my honor finding out my husband had a child by a woman called Morgan Le Fay?
Mordred: Good one. Oh, come, Father, this is becoming distressingly personal.
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Geoffrey of Monmouth Shire
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I really enjoy this tale of King Arthur from Merlin's point of view. Much of this at times is based upon who invented King Arthur in his History of the kings of Britain Geoffrey of Monmouth Shire. His work was considered the definitive of Britain's history for over 600 years, even though when he found gaps in the information on that history he added what he wanted and derived King Arthur from an amalgamation of different Celtic kings that staved off the Saxon invasion for many years. Sam Neil is very effective as Merlin and Miranda Richardson gives an outstanding performance as well. King Vortigern is wonderfully played by Rutger Hauer an actor I really like and steals any scene he is in. Every character is wonderfully played and although the effects in the film are cheesy by today's standard remember this came out on TV 1998 and CG was in its infancy and cost way more then than now. Never the less this tale is one of the better drawing from all sources including Geoffrey's, and worth the watch. The scenery is splendid and the battles are effective and fairly bloody at times. I haven't watched the sequel but I have been told not to. Merlin himself as played by Sam Neil shows range of emotion and charm and a subtle sense of power that he both uses and possibly fears. Queen Mab as played by Miranda Richardson is both beautiful and dangerous and has some subtle underlying humor to her performance. Martin Short is remarkable as Frik. I also love the scene where Queen Mab visits King Vortigern and he brings her onto his lap in a almost romantic sense and her reaction on her face is both perplexing and she seems almost powerless in his hands. Rutger Hauer again here stealing the scene from an award winning actress. The complexity between the coming one God of Christianity versus the pagan ways of old as an theme here is well done, because that is what happened and played well by all on screen. I think this is a great movie filled with some humor, love, betrayal, battles won and lost of both the physical and mental including the spiritual. There is not many TV movies with kind of heart and soul and is worth the price of admission."

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