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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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"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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£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 »

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Guinevere wears chain mail, but has a very revealing neckline, which somewhat defeats the purpose. See more »

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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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8 January 2004 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

If, when in the cinema, children are spinning round to stare at you, it means either that the film itself is terminally terrible or you've sprouted a massive boil on your forehead that you hadn't quite noticed. The first answer is, of course, the right one. And as for "Merlin The Return", it's a stinker in a division all of its own. It's almost as if director Paul Matthews had accepted a bet to make the worst possible film. Well, he's succeeded, and his winnings are bound to be more than Merlin will ever make.

Matthews' lumbering style sees the picture heave from one gormless scene to the next, helped on its way by the most awful acting. Rik Mayall (Merlin) trots out his usual sweaty desperation and manic panic, Patrick Bergin (King Arthur) looks like an embarrassing dad (complete with silly wig and glitzy, disco-friendly pullover), while the token American (no doubt included to secure international release - some hope) is a kid who seems to be reading his lines off Merlin's forehead.


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