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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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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


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.


Drama | Fantasy


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Czech Republic | Germany | USA



Release Date:

2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Brumas de Avalon See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When bandits ambush Guinevere and Lancelot, Guinevere and her horse are pulled down to the ground by two men. After focusing briefly on Lancelot fighting the bandits off, we return to Guinevere and see only one man pulling her away. After another Lancelot shot, there are two men again. See more »


Gwenhwyfar: I dreamt of you in Glastonbury. You... you opened a curtain into Avalon, and lifted me in.
Lancelot: It wasn't a dream. I was there, with Morgaine. She lifted you in. But I asked her to do it.
Gwenhwyfar: So you felt it too.
Lancelot: But I am sworn to Arthur.
Gwenhwyfar: As am I.
Lancelot: So we have nothing to confess.
Gwenhwyfar: But I have sinned with you in my thoughts.
Lancelot: Thoughts, are not deeds.
Gwenhwyfar: But the Bishop says, to think, is to do.
Lancelot: My thoughts don't answer to the Bishop. If they did, I would burn in Hell a thousand years everytime I see you walk past!
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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »


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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Extremely Poor 'Adaptation' Totally Misses The Mark
19 July 2001 | by PeaBody-4See all my reviews

This TV mini-series is an extremely poorly written exercise, one that utterly subverts the point of the novel on which it is based. And please do not think that I am some fanatical devotee of the book -- I found that it had plenty of flaws, but at least it had a point. This hack job misinterprets or leaves out just about every important aspect of the book.

The story has been rewritten and greatly condensed, and I understand the need to trim things out in order to fit it into four hours. What is unforgivable is that screenwriter Gavin Scott has turned Bradley's novel on its ear. He's deftly disposed of almost all of the Pagan/Christian conflict, often making it seem as if the main threat to Avalon is the Saxon invasion. If you are not willing to portray the Christians as the ostensible bad guys in the piece, why even attempt to film this tale? And in order to simplify things for the audience, Joan Allen's Morgause is turned into a full-scale witch and evil doer. Apparently they felt the need to have someone to root against, but instead of making it the traitorous Arthur, his religion-addled Gwenhwyver and the turncoat Merlin Kevin Harper -- as it is in the book -- Morgause takes the blame for everything bad that happens here. It's a particularly gutless and feeble switch.

Having Morgaine find aid and help at the convent near the end of the film is a special slap in the face to anyone who understood the book. That Morgaine would take refuge under the auspices of the very forces of intolerance that she's been harried by throughout the story shows that no one involved in the production seems to have grasped the Church's critical -- and negative -- role in the book.

Leaving the destruction of the plot alone, the production values were nice enough -- some great capes! The casting was especially bad, though. Joan Allen as a teenager?!?! And Michael Vartan as Lancelot is quite poor -- this guy's supposed to be an irresistible man of action, but Vartan plays him as a dour and stony-faced simp. And who was it that gave that horrid dishwater-blonde wig to Samantha Mathis???

All in all, this is an amazingly distorted, poorly rendered version of the story as presented by Bradley. If the producers just wanted to make their own silly version of the Arthurian legend, why did they feel the need to buy the rights to Bradley's novel? They sure didn't film it.

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