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The young wizard Merlin must rescue the helpless people from the evil King Vidus and his ruthless high counselor.


David Winning


Eamonn Maguire (idea), Tom Richards | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Jason Connery ... Young Merlin
Deborah Moore ... Nimue
Gareth Thomas ... Blaze
Graham McTavish ... Rengal
Paul Curran ... Kay
Fiona Kempin Fiona Kempin ... Princess Leona
Gordon Hall Gordon Hall ... Vidus
John Woodford John Woodford ... Gander
Lara Daans ... Morgana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chick Allan ... Blaze's Deputy (as Chick Allen)
Finn Begbie Finn Begbie ... Forest children
Peter Begbie Peter Begbie ... Forest children
Rosie Begbie Rosie Begbie ... Forest children
Katarina Boyd Katarina Boyd ... Forest children
Michael Boyd Michael Boyd ... Forest children


The young wizard Merlin must rescue the helpless people from the evil King Vidus and his ruthless high counselor.

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Family | Fantasy




Canada | USA


English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merlin: The Magic Begins See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Connery (Merlin) is the son of Sir Sean Connery whereas Deborah Moore (Nimue) is the daughter of Sir Roger Moore. Both of these men are best known for their various film appearances as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. See more »

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A Truly Magical Journey
5 October 1999 | by sjowettSee all my reviews

With each story comes a different telling of Merlin, Excalibur, Arthur and Camelot.

This story starts before all of the above. It starts with the "creation" of Merlin. Merlin did not just "appear" after all, he also has a past, which this film investigates.

The rest of the story, however, shows that the events around Excalibur and Arthur are a war of magic. Each wizard/wizardess using their magic to control what the humans do to create the outcome they want.

Everyone cheats on each other, and there is even incest.

It is rather slow in the beginning, but it is an entertaining alternative story. It definately focuses on Merlin and who his is.

A rather fine production for a TV movie-to-video film.

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