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The Mists of Avalon (2001)

TV Mini-Series  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, Fantasy
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Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of ... See full summary »

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Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; and his wife, Gwenwyfar. Written by Anonymous

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Passion. Mysticism. Adventure. Journey beyond the legend of Camelot.


Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

15 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Brumas de Avalon  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anjelica Huston was able to keep several of the dresses used in the film and several women wore them during the Baptism of Anjelica's nephew Rafa (the son of her sister Allegra). See more »


Gorlois's corpse moves his head between takes: He is looking up in close shots, but in long shots he is looking to the side from the moment the carriage turns. See more »


[Arthur is trapped in a burning house during a Saxon seige]
Arthur: I call on the powers of Heaven and Earth, aid me now! I call upon the God of Heaven, and the Goddess of the Earth, help me now!
Viviane: You call upon the God, and the Goddess? It is the Goddess who answers.
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Featured in The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) See more »


The Mystic's Dream
Written by Loreena McKennitt (uncredited)
Performed by Loreena McKennitt
from the Quinlan Road recording "The Mask and Mirror"
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Barely based on a marvelous book
17 July 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Now, to be fair, I just reread the book and had such high hopes for this adaptation that I was probably bound to be disappointed. Gwen, asking if she can spend some time in Avalon with Lance? The sword in the stone? Uther built Camelot? Baby Arthur's freaky cornrows? Why not have Arthur recognize Morgaine at his kingmaking? Is being a priestess all about starting fires with your eyes, controlling the weather, and casting hexes on your enemies?

So I had a really hard time reconciling the characters in my head with what I was seeing on the screen. I really should just have myself cryogenically frozen until the Fellowship of the Ring comes out in December. I'm confident that *that's* going to be done right, and I take things like this mistreatment (my humble, Mists-of-Avalon-freak opinion) of one of my favorite books of all time waaaaay too personally.

I honestly could go on and on and on, but I think I sufficiently vented last night with my similarly upset friends. I could hear MZB whirling around in her grave.

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