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The Mists of Avalon (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Fantasy  -  15 July 2001 (USA)
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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.

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Last film role for Edward Jewesbury. See more »

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There is a noticeable difference in the location of the tattoo on Viviane's forehead between where she is telling Igraine the children must be taken away and when Morgaine and Arthur are separated. See more »

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Gwenhwyfar: There are herbs... that can make a woman conceive, are there not?
Morgaine: Is that what you want?
Gwenhwyfar: Please, do not make this harder than it already is.
Morgaine: There is a charm that is sometimes used. But you surely would never touch it.
Gwenhwyfar: Tell me, that you are not a witch. Tell me it is not the Devil's own spell. And that I will not burn for it. This time, this one time, I will believe you.
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Worthy adaptation of a priceless book
8 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The book is simply amazing and this film adaptation adequately embodies its epic stature. I am amazed how much of the book is actually reflected in a 2-hour television digest version. I really don't like spoilers and I always try to avoid giving away a story myself, so I will just say this movie can be enjoyed by either fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's book or the uninitiated.

The scenery, cinematography and costumes are beautiful. The acting is generally very smart and understanding. The cast was well chosen. The writing is well-informed.

Some of the negative reviewers seem to be offended by sexual material and what they perceive as "anti-christian" content. Of course I would not try to change any of these people's opinions, but I would remind these reviewers of the story's point of view. The setting is in a largely non-Christian world and told from a feminine perspective. With virtually all other tellings being from a masculine, heroic, 15th century Christian perspective (despite the fact that the setting is actually 4th century pagan) I find this appealing for history's (her-story's) sake alone. Usually the "winners" write history. In this case I think Bradley is trying to tell the other side of the story.


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