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Merlin 

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1998)
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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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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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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (2 episodes)

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Producer Dyson Lovell is the uncredited person who voices Sir Rupert, the horse. See more »

Goofs

Although clothes, architecture, etc. heavily imply a barely post-Roman (5th-6th centuries AD) setting, characters still use the terms England and Normandy, which aren't recorded before the 9th century. It would be more appropiate to refer to them respectively as Britain and Armorica or variations thereof. See more »

Quotes

Merlin: Out my lords.
Merlin: OUT!
Merlin: And close the door behind you!
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Logical, but not awe inspiring
11 October 2000 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

MERLIN finally makes some sense of the Arthurian Legend. Certainly the liberties taken here answer many of the questions wrought by other tellings of the tale (EXCALIBUR, in particular). Effects, cinematography and sound are outstanding for a TV production. However, key casting weaknesses seriously undercut the effectiveness of the tale. Sam Neil is simply dull as Merlin. It is hard to believe this is the same actor who did such a memorable job in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. Equally weak (in a small but pivotal role) is Jeffrey Sheffield as Lancelot. Where is the charm and inspiring goodness of other Lancelots? Those qualities are necessary to lend tragedy to the events of Camelot.

There ARE indeed outstanding performances on display. Miranda Richardson is simply fantastic in a dual role (Queen Mab, The Lady of the Lake). Her Mab suffers less from evil than arrested adolescence. Her powers allow her to DO evil rather than BE evil. On the other hand, the actor that plays the adult Modred is deliciously evil. Even when his ethical arguements are reasoned, his evil intent slides through, enabling us to root for Arthur. Billie Whitelaw as Auntie Ambrosia is touching and powerful. Best, perhaps of all is Martin Short, as Frick. His wonderful scenes with the equally capable Helen Bonham Carter (as Morgan Le Fay) are the best of the film. Despite the logical development of the story, I do have one small quibble. From the time of the birth of Merlin to the time of the birth of Arthur is at least 21 years. From the time of the Birth of Arthur to the time of the birth of Modred is at least 17 years. Although Modred is reputed to grow astonishingly quickly, he must have been at least 16 years to challenge Arthur. So Merlin and Nimue must have been at least 54 by the time of the battle between Arthur and Modred. Nevertheless, neither Merlin nor his love Nimue have aged since Neil and Isabella Rosselini took over the parts. Hmmm...


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