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Merlin: The Return (2000)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 22 December 2000 (UK)
A scientist awakens King Arthur and his knights, and the forces of good and evil do battle once more.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Hartley ...
Dr. Joan Maxwell
Leigh Greyvenstein ...
Byron Taylor ...
Richie Gould
Grethe Fox ...
Jennifer Steyn ...
Richie's Mom
Anthony Bishop ...
Lynne White ...
Aunt Everlyn
Jocelyn Broderick ...
Mordred Personal Bodyguard 1
Connie Giles ...
Mordred Personal Bodyguard 2


"Merlin: The Return" is the story of the battle between good and evil. The dark forces of Mordred are pitted against the mythical sorcery of Merlin. Mordred and his mother Morgana have been imprisoned in another world for the past 1500 years while Merlin's magical powers kept them at bay. However, in the present, a scientist accidentally finds the gateway to the other world and is about to release Mordred into 20th Century life. Arthur is reawakened from his slumber and together with Merlin, tries to find a way to stop Mordred from re-entering this world. Written by Anon

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22 December 2000 (UK)  »

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Le retour de Merlin  »

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£20,868 (UK) (22 December 2000)

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This is one of the few live action productions based on Arthurian legend in which the actor playing Merlin, Rik Mayall, is younger than the actor playing King Arthur, Patrick Bergin. See more »


Stonehenge is located on Salisbury Plain, which is flat, open ground, not dense woodland as depicted in this movie. See more »


Mordred: Give me the sword, or the woman dies.
King Arthur: Then take it.
[He tosses Excalibur straight at Mordred, which pierces through his chest]
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Both Great and Horrid at the same time.
7 April 2003 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

Wow. I don't think I have ever been so torn as I have been watching "Merlin The Return". Rik Mayall, Adrian Paul, and so many others put in absolutely wonderful performances.

However, there were 2 MAJOR points that made this utterly disasterous.

1) The American Kid. There are some scenes that's he's good in. Most, he is just... BAD to be kind.

2) The "Modern Day" characters about town. The main ones they focused on (including the kids) seemed too accepting of Merlin and his appearing. Someone could of said "he appeared out of nowhere", and someone else laugh it off. If perhaps it was established better that Merlin was known as "the town nutter" (a little extra dialog could of killed that one) and only one person believed he was really Merlin (say the girl or her mother), then there could be a better believability. Also, everyone seemed to be a bit nonchalant when Merlin uses his magic and then Mordred comes through the gateway the first time.

Yet through the holes, lies a pretty darn good story for the most part, and some solid acting and swordplay. Really a fun movie.

I gave it 5 out of 10, because of the distractions, but it's still a very fun movie, though better for kids than adults (and that could of easily been fixed).

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