Legendary wizard Merlin tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.
Reviews
Popularity
2,528 ( 366)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1998  
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 19 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 ...  Sir Gilbert 2 episodes, 1998
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
Edit

Storyline

The legend of King Arthur ( Paul Curran ), this time, from the perspective of the King's Wizard, Merlin ( Sam Neill ). 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 (Lena Headey). Merlin and Arthur are menaced by the plots of Morgan Le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter), her son by Arthur, Mordred (Jason Done), 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Imagine a world where dreams come true...and magic is real. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Isabella Rossellini's voice was dubbed over Agnieszka Koson's for young Nimue. See more »

Goofs

Queen Mab dates to Shakespeare's time, she is not connected to the Arthurian Myths. See more »

Quotes

Merlin: A reputation is like glass, once cracked it can never be replaced.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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

User Reviews

 
The best Arthur film....period.
9 June 1999 | by Tin Man-5See all my reviews

How do you pack together centuries of legends about the great King Arthur? It might seem like an impossible task, but Merlin finds a way to make it work: they change the focus.

I have always been a huge fan of the King Arthur legends, and I am familiar with most of them. Some films only cover portions of the legends, such as the disappointing "First Knight" and the stomach-churning Disney crud "Sword and the Stone." I was really wanting a film to come out that would cover all the important legends of the epic story, yet I realized it was a nearly impossible task. An excellent early eighties film did it, which was called "Excalibur," and I was hoping that they could do it again, with a more nineties zing to it, what with the new special effects coming out nowadays that could no doubt enhance the legends onscreen. Before "Merlin" came out, the only real films to come out in the nineties featuring Arthur were "First Knight" (which eradicated all myth and magic and put the legends on the status of Chick Flick) and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" (which I won't even bring up).

Enter "Merlin." It covers everything, from the affair of Lancelot and Guinevere, to the Lady at the Lake, to the birth of the sword Excalibur, to Morgan la Fay and Mordred, and they even throw in the Lady of Shallot. And the cool thing is, they make it work so that it doesn't seem overplotted. Merlin is also given a side story which is beautiful and well-constructed, about his birth and his love life. It all is webbed together well, and the climax and characters are wonderfully painted.

Before this film, I saw Merlin only as a secondhand character, who is Arthur's mentor and friend, kind of like the world's first Obe Wan Kinobe. But now, I see him in an all new light, and to say the least, it is very effective, and I can say that it is the finest Arthur film ever made (though "Excalibur" is so close, it's barely worth a comparison). If you are interesting in Arthur, or if you are an Arthur fan who was discouraged that there were no good films about his awesome, thought-provoking legends, I urge you to watch this film. It will move you in a way few films can!

10 out of 10!


99 of 115 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 150 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed