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Merlin 

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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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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 19 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Sam Neill ...  Merlin 2 episodes, 1998
Helena Bonham Carter ...  Morgan Le Fey 2 episodes, 1998
John Gielgud ...  King Constant 2 episodes, 1998
Rutger Hauer ...  King Vortigern 2 episodes, 1998
James Earl Jones ...  Mountain King 2 episodes, 1998
Miranda Richardson ...  Lady of the Lake / ... 2 episodes, 1998
Isabella Rossellini ...  Nimue 2 episodes, 1998
Martin Short ...  Frik 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Curran ...  Arthur 2 episodes, 1998
Lena Headey ...  Guinevere 2 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Sheffield ...  Lancelot 2 episodes, 1998
Mark Jax Mark Jax ...  Uther 2 episodes, 1998
John McEnery ...  Lord Ardente 2 episodes, 1998
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ...  Cornwall 2 episodes, 1998
Jason Done ...  Mordred 2 episodes, 1998
Billie Whitelaw ...  Ambrosia 2 episodes, 1998
Daniel Brocklebank ...  Young Merlin 2 episodes, 1998
Agnieszka Koson Agnieszka Koson ...  Young Nimue 2 episodes, 1998
Emma Lewis Emma Lewis ...  Elissa 2 episodes, 1998
Justin Girdler Justin Girdler ...  Young Galahad 2 episodes, 1998
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Sir Boris 2 episodes, 1998
Nicholas Clay ...  Lord Leo 2 episodes, 1998
Sebastian Roché ...  Gawin 2 episodes, 1998
Rachel de Thame Rachel de Thame ...  Lady Igraine 2 episodes, 1998
John Turner ...  Lord Lot 2 episodes, 1998
Keith Baxter ...  Sir Hector 2 episodes, 1998
Janine Eser ...  Lady Elaine 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Woodthorpe ...  Soothsayer 2 episodes, 1998
Robert Addie Robert Addie ...  Sir Gilbert 2 episodes, 1998
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ...  Sir Egbert 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Benson ...  1st Architect 2 episodes, 1998
John Tordoff John Tordoff ...  New Architect 2 episodes, 1998
Timothy Bateson ...  Father Abbot 2 episodes, 1998
Alice Hamilton Alice Hamilton ...  Young Morgan 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Eyre ...  Chief Physician 2 episodes, 1998
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  1st Physician 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Bayliss ...  2nd Physician 2 episodes, 1998
Talula Sheppard Talula Sheppard ...  Lady Friend 2 episodes, 1998
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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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Imagine a world where dreams come true...and magic is real. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Anglesey, Wales, UK See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lena Heady, who plays Queen Guinevere, cheats on King Arthur with her protector Sir Lancelot. In Game of Thrones (2011), Lena Heady, who plays Queen Cersei, cheats on King Robert Baratheon with her protector, Jamie Lannister. See more »

Goofs

Every actor playing Merlin at different life stages has a different eye color. Baby Merlin has dark brown eyes; teen Merlin has unnaturally bright blue ones; adult Merlin has normal blue; and elderly Merlin has brown again. See more »

Quotes

Mordred: Oh, I'm hurt, here, in my heart. Not usually my most vulnerable spot. I recognize you, Father.
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Alternate Versions

The televised version has scenes that are not on the video version and viceversa. See more »

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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Merlin relies on good story-telling
12 September 2006 | by AndreiPavlovSee all my reviews

It does not rely on special effects, though the ones it has are quite impressive. As mentioned in the reference it relies on good story-telling. You can also add a bunch of very vivid and weird characters each of whom is an "out-of-controller". The voice of Mab is extremely sweet and unforgettable. The transient effects are very creative. Like for example when a medieval soldier drops dead and the blood makes the snow change its colour around his body in a hyperbolic manner.

It feels like deep satisfaction to have it on DVD in one's home collection. Celtic legends, runes, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur, and king Arthur – there is much talking about all that stuff now and then and here is a chance to see the whole story properly told.

There is also a strange feeling that it's not just a fairy-tale but a kind of history lesson as well. Even if it's a mistake to say so, this film is not historically empty.

Easily, it is an 8 out of 10. Thanks for attention.


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