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The Mists of Avalon 

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Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Anjelica Huston ...  Vivianne 2 episodes, 2001
Julianna Margulies ...  Morgaine 2 episodes, 2001
Joan Allen ...  Morgause 2 episodes, 2001
Samantha Mathis ...  Gwenwyfar 2 episodes, 2001
Caroline Goodall ...  Igraine 2 episodes, 2001
Edward Atterton ...  Arthur 2 episodes, 2001
Michael Vartan ...  Lancelot 2 episodes, 2001
Michael Byrne ...  Merlin 2 episodes, 2001
Hans Matheson ...  Mordred 2 episodes, 2001
Mark Lewis Jones ...  Uther 2 episodes, 2001
Clive Russell ...  Gorlois 2 episodes, 2001
Tamsin Egerton ...  Young Morgaine 2 episodes, 2001
Christopher Fulford ...  Lot 2 episodes, 2001
David Calder ...  Uriens 2 episodes, 2001
Hugh Ross ...  Bishop Patricius 2 episodes, 2001
Edward Jewesbury ...  Ambrosius 2 episodes, 2001
Freddie Highmore ...  Young Arthur 2 episodes, 2001
Ian Duncan ...  Accolon 2 episodes, 2001
Noah Huntley ...  Gawain 2 episodes, 2001
Honza Klima Honza Klima ...  Kay 2 episodes, 2001
John Comer John Comer ...  Talbot 2 episodes, 2001
Karel Dobrý ...  Rhiannon 2 episodes, 2001
Klára Issová ...  Raven 2 episodes, 2001
Biddy Hodson ...  Elaine 2 episodes, 2001
Tony Curran ...  Uther's Captain 2 episodes, 2001
Philip Lenkowsky Philip Lenkowsky ...  Cuthbert 2 episodes, 2001
Lucy Fillery Lucy Fillery ...  Serving Woman 2 episodes, 2001
Elias Bauer Elias Bauer ...  Young Mordred 2 episodes, 2001
Justin Muller ...  Gareth 2 episodes, 2001
Gabriela Zajickova Gabriela Zajickova ...  Child 2 episodes, 2001
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Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; and his wife, Gwenwyfar. Written by Anonymous

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Passion. Mysticism. Adventure. Journey beyond the legend of Camelot.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Czech Republic | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Brumas de Avalon See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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| (3 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Anjelica Huston was able to keep several of the dresses used in the film and several women wore them during the Baptism of Anjelica's nephew Rafa (the son of her sister Allegra). See more »

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There is a noticeable difference in the location of the tattoo on Viviane's forehead between where she is telling Igraine the children must be taken away and when Morgaine and Arthur are separated. See more »

Quotes

Lancelot: The King himself asked me into his bed, with the Queen.
Morgaine: All *three* of you?
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #27.9 (2002) See more »

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The Mystic's Dream
Written by Loreena McKennitt (uncredited)
Performed by Loreena McKennitt
from the Quinlan Road recording "The Mask and Mirror"
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How to turn a wonderful, thought-provoking book into a politically correct soap opera...
22 January 2002 | by bargrossSee all my reviews

I was really surprised to hear someone actually tackled the difficult task of turning this fantastic book into a movie. And how I hoped the movie would be true to the spirit of the novel! Having watched it, I'm both disappointed and angry because it is clear the script doesn't even TRY that.

The first part was actually ok, although several important scenes that are absolutely needed to understand the story later on (like the relationship between Morgaine and Lancelot) were edited out. At least, they got the pacing right in part one - I didn't get the feeling they were rushing through the story.

Then I saw part two, and it got real nasty. Not only did the pacing change (of course, they had to put 3/4 of the book in 1/2 of the total running time, as part one only covered about 1/4), also, every detail that would have made the story and characters understandable was left out. Lancelot's relationship towards Morgaine, towards Arthur (!) and even towards Gwenhwyfar remains completely undefined, Morgause's motives are reduced to pure envy and the religion of the goddess is reduced to having visions and being able to part the mists of Avalon. The sequence of actions was completely mixed up, major portions removed and others completely mangled (Morgause killing Viviane? Come on!). The worst screw-up is the ending which was purely disgusting and showed the writer of the script either completely misunderstood the book or, even worse, decided to turn it into its own opposite on purpose.

In the book, Morgaine realizes that although the power of Avalon may be gone, the goddess is not, when she sees a statue of Brigid, once an Irish goddess, now turned into the "holy Bridget" by the new religion (symbolizing the survival of the old religion even through the new one). She then sees once more an image of the holy grail in the chapel (symbolizing the possibility of a peaceful coexistence of both religions) and finally manages to open the mists of Avalon for the last time and disappear into them.

The movie lets her look at a statue of the virgin Mary (the very symbol of how Christianity glorifies virginity and reduces women to the sole purpose of childbearing) and understand the goddess is alive ???

In short, everything remotely non-pc was relentlessly cut from the novel and the rest was turned into a medieval soap opera without any character development. The only consolation is that Marion Zimmer-Bradley did not have to see this butchering of the very spirit of her work.

As to how the movie will appeal to someone who did not read the book, I don't know - I suspect it will be seen as a decent medieval adventure but the holes that the removal of multiple important scenes leave will probably confuse.

Nice acting by Margulies, however, and especially by Hans Matheson (Mordred).


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