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Merlin: The Return (2000)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 22 December 2000 (UK)
A scientist awakens King Arthur and his knights, and the forces of good and evil do battle once more.


Paul Matthews


Paul Matthews




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rik Mayall ... Merlin
Patrick Bergin ... King Arthur
Craig Sheffer ... Mordred
Adrian Paul ... Lancelot
Julie Hartley Julie Hartley ... Guinevere
Tia Carrere ... Dr. Joan Maxwell
Leigh Greyvenstein Leigh Greyvenstein ... Kate
Byron Taylor Byron Taylor ... Richie Gould
Grethe Fox Grethe Fox ... Morgana
Jennifer Steyn Jennifer Steyn ... Richie's Mom
Anthony Bishop Anthony Bishop ... Gawain
Lynne White Lynne White ... Aunt Everlyn
Jocelyn Broderick Jocelyn Broderick ... Megan
Lee-Anne Liebenberg ... Mordred Personal Bodyguard 1
Connie Giles Connie Giles ... Mordred Personal Bodyguard 2


"Merlin: The Return" is the story of the battle between good and evil. The dark forces of Mordred are pitted against the mythical sorcery of Merlin. Mordred and his mother Morgana have been imprisoned in another world for the past 1500 years while Merlin's magical powers kept them at bay. However, in the present, a scientist accidentally finds the gateway to the other world and is about to release Mordred into 20th Century life. Arthur is reawakened from his slumber and together with Merlin, tries to find a way to stop Mordred from re-entering this world. Written by Anon

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Mordred: Give me the sword, or the woman dies.
King Arthur: Then take it.
[He tosses Excalibur straight at Mordred, which pierces through his chest]
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11 November 2004 | by katana55See all my reviews

This movie is a parody, right ??? There is no other way to describe it. It's either a parody or a fiasco. Merlin should be regal like Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, not the village idiot. King Arthur is a wimp and please don't start me on Mordred.

Adrian Paul as Lancelot (one of the two main reasons I bothered to watch this movie) looks like someone who doesn't know what the hell he is doing there, but decided that "if I'm stuck here at least lets have some fun". He is having fun and in the few scenes he is in, Mr. Paul can hardly keep straight face. This movie is a must miss movie, especially if you are a "King Arthur and the round table" tales buff.

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22 December 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le retour de Merlin See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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