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Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | TV Mini-Series (1998)
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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:
 King Constant 2 episodes, 1998
 Lancelot 2 episodes, 1998
Mark Jax ...
Thomas Lockyer ...
 Cornwall 2 episodes, 1998
Agnieszka Koson ...
Emma Lewis ...
Justin Girdler ...
 Sir Boris 2 episodes, 1998
 Lord Leo 2 episodes, 1998
Rachel de Thame ...
Robert Addie ...
 Sir Gilbert 2 episodes, 1998
Nickolas Grace ...
 Sir Egbert 2 episodes, 1998
 1st Architect 2 episodes, 1998
John Tordoff ...
 New Architect 2 episodes, 1998
Alice Hamilton ...
 Chief Physician 2 episodes, 1998
 1st Physician 2 episodes, 1998
 2nd Physician 2 episodes, 1998
Talula Sheppard ...
 Lady Friend 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?


Actors Nickolas Grace and Robert Addie, best known for their roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sir Guy of Gisburne in the TV series Robin Hood (1984), have a cameo scene together in this miniseries - a nod to fans of the beloved '80s fantasy show. See more »


In the scene where Igraine is giving birth to Arthur, she has a completely flat stomach. See more »


Merlin: You killed her.
Queen Mab: No, I didn't. I only let her die.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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The best Arthur film....period.
9 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

How do you pack together centuries of legends about the great King Arthur? It might seem like an impossible task, but Merlin finds a way to make it work: they change the focus.

I have always been a huge fan of the King Arthur legends, and I am familiar with most of them. Some films only cover portions of the legends, such as the disappointing "First Knight" and the stomach-churning Disney crud "Sword and the Stone." I was really wanting a film to come out that would cover all the important legends of the epic story, yet I realized it was a nearly impossible task. An excellent early eighties film did it, which was called "Excalibur," and I was hoping that they could do it again, with a more nineties zing to it, what with the new special effects coming out nowadays that could no doubt enhance the legends onscreen. Before "Merlin" came out, the only real films to come out in the nineties featuring Arthur were "First Knight" (which eradicated all myth and magic and put the legends on the status of Chick Flick) and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" (which I won't even bring up).

Enter "Merlin." It covers everything, from the affair of Lancelot and Guinevere, to the Lady at the Lake, to the birth of the sword Excalibur, to Morgan la Fay and Mordred, and they even throw in the Lady of Shallot. And the cool thing is, they make it work so that it doesn't seem overplotted. Merlin is also given a side story which is beautiful and well-constructed, about his birth and his love life. It all is webbed together well, and the climax and characters are wonderfully painted.

Before this film, I saw Merlin only as a secondhand character, who is Arthur's mentor and friend, kind of like the world's first Obe Wan Kinobe. But now, I see him in an all new light, and to say the least, it is very effective, and I can say that it is the finest Arthur film ever made (though "Excalibur" is so close, it's barely worth a comparison). If you are interesting in Arthur, or if you are an Arthur fan who was discouraged that there were no good films about his awesome, thought-provoking legends, I urge you to watch this film. It will move you in a way few films can!

10 out of 10!

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