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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
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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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Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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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During the stag hunt a mesh wire fence is visible behind the stag. See more »

Quotes

Gwenhwyfar: I took poison from a witch. I slept with you and your friend, and gave myself to your lust and ungodliness, and all for nothing! All for nothing! No baby, no baby. Where is my baby, Arthur?
Arthur: It is God's hands now, not ours. Don't cry.
Gwenhwyfar: God does not reward sinners.
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Referenced in The Commune (2009) See more »

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The Mystic's Dream
Written by Loreena McKennitt (uncredited)
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If you liked the book, you'll hate the movie
20 July 2001 | by ChapelHeel66See all my reviews

Most movie adaptations of books have their problems (missing characters and storylines). Those problems are abundant here, but The Mists of Avalon compounds all of those by miscasting the characters, adding special effects that look like 6th grade art projects and turning the whole thing into a fantasy/soap opera. In the book, Morgause is 10 years older than Morgaine. Here, Joan Allen (at least 35 years old) plays Morgause, and Morgaine is about 11. Igraine is even older than Morgause, and by the time she conceives Arthur, she must be 40 (even though she conceived Morgaine at 15). Forty-year old mothers were rare in 450 A.D. The book talks about dangers to women in their late twenties. Lancelot looks like a super model with light chain mail on. In the book, he is certainly attractive, but he is also the greatest warrior in the land. The actor playing Lancelot wouldn't (and couldn't) harm a flea. Angelica Huston is particularly bad as a 60-year old Viviane, delivering her lines woodenly, while at the same time coddling Morgaine to a degree that the book does not contemplate. Those who did not read the book won't care about the miscasting (though they may be appalled at Huston's acting), but I'm embarrassed for TNT when I see Viviane "raise the mists" to reveal a papier mache Avalon. Then, the cut back to Viviane and Morgaine on the boat looks like they are sitting on a sound stage with the sort of generic off-blue background you might get sitting for a family portrait at Olan-Mills. They have also added a lot of "sap" to the relationships, but it seemed like they added it to all the wrong ones. There isn't enough sap between Lancelot and Guinevere to match the book, yet Morgaine appears to be everyone's best friend. I was prepared to be disappointed because you can't squeeze 50 characters and 900 pages into a two hour movie, but I expected better casting and special effects, and a lot less hugging.


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