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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.

Director:

Paul Matthews

Writer:

Paul Matthews
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Cast

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
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Storyline

"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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In one scene, the 1997 film, Breeders, is playing on a tv. This was also written and directed by Paul Matthews, which was also riffed on RiffTrax by Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Jones Nelson (both alumni of the cult tv show, Mystery Science Theater 3000), under the alternate title, Deadly Instincts. See more »

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Kate says to Guinevere 'A penny for them' (her thoughts) and she knows what is meant which is strange as she knows nothing of the present. See more »

Quotes

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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8 January 2004 | by GRECOFILMSee all my reviews

If, when in the cinema, children are spinning round to stare at you, it means either that the film itself is terminally terrible or you've sprouted a massive boil on your forehead that you hadn't quite noticed. The first answer is, of course, the right one. And as for "Merlin The Return", it's a stinker in a division all of its own. It's almost as if director Paul Matthews had accepted a bet to make the worst possible film. Well, he's succeeded, and his winnings are bound to be more than Merlin will ever make.

Matthews' lumbering style sees the picture heave from one gormless scene to the next, helped on its way by the most awful acting. Rik Mayall (Merlin) trots out his usual sweaty desperation and manic panic, Patrick Bergin (King Arthur) looks like an embarrassing dad (complete with silly wig and glitzy, disco-friendly pullover), while the token American (no doubt included to secure international release - some hope) is a kid who seems to be reading his lines off Merlin's forehead.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Africa

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