The Mists of Avalon (2001)
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Movie InfoThis three-hour miniseries adapts Marion Zimmer Bradley's feminist recasting of the Arthurian mythos into a big-budget cable television event. In ancient England, Christianity is spreading and the Saxons are invading. It's up to Viviane (Anjelica Huston) -- Lady of the Lake and high priestess of the kingdom's ancient pagan religion -- to make sure that the next king will honor both the old and new faiths and thereby banish the barbarian hordes. Viviane manipulates her sister Igraine (Caroline Goodall) into marrying King Uther Pendragon (Mark Lewis Jones) and bearing a son, Arthur (Edward Atterton) -- much to the consternation of Viviane's other sister, the power-hungry Morgause (Joan Allen). Arthur grows up happily with his older half-sister, Morgaine (Julianna Margulies), until Merlin (Michael Byrne) spirits him off for training and Viviane brings Morgaine to the mystical island of Avalon to develop her magical connection to the Goddess. Years later, the siblings reunite in a masked mating ritual, unaware that their union is incestuous -- or that their son, Mordred (Hans Matheson), will fall into Morgause's clutches and destroy the delicate balance that Viviane has sought to maintain. As Arthur gathers the knights of the round table and ushers in a golden age with Queen Gwenhwyfar (Samantha Mathis) at his side, the seeds of his destruction, and Avalon's, have already been planted -- by Arthur himself. Filmed on-location in Prague, The Mists of Avalon premiered on the TNT cable network July 15 and 16, 2001. Director Uli Edel, best known for his feature adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn, had previously helmed Purgatory for TNT. The titular mists -- developed by Edel and executive producer Mark Wolper -- utilized custom fluid dynamic software designed specifically for the project. Celtic musician Loreena McKennitt added her theme music to composer Lee Holdridge's score. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Mists of Avalon
the spirit of the story remains sturdy, even if some intriguing details and characters had to be sacrificed for the sake of time.
Audience Reviews for The Mists of Avalon
Oooooh love a good movie about Camelot!! This version is a "dark" one, and very different than I am used to. I guess that it doesn't matter to me what version I see, just as long as it is well done. I really enjoyed this!More
Sterling performances with Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen and Anjelica Huston in this long TV movie which retells the Arthurian legend from the perspective of the coomen who shaped events with spirited powers. This is my second favourite Arthurian legend story of the movie.More
Love Merlin and all those stories that have to do with Camelot? "Most of what you think you know about Camelot, Gwenhwyfar, Lancelot and the evil sorceress known as Morgaine le Fay, is nothing but lies."Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley.I highly recommend you to watch this back to back with Steve Barrons Merlin and Antoine Fuquas King Arthur. ---Id rate this PG 16 though.I think Ill try to get a copy of the book as well.More
I was about to say that this is the most sick, twisted, disgusting story I've ever heard of... but then I did some research on other Arthurian lore and found that this version is quite tame compared to some others out there. I've seen the movie The Sword in the Stone, the musical Camelot, the movie King Arthur, read the story Excalibur and the poem The Lady of Shalott but this takes the cake for the version I've seen that's the darkest and grittiest. First, Viviane forces Igraine to lose her husband and marry another man and have a child with this man. That child (Arthur) is forced to be separated from his parents and beloved sister Morgaine and then forced (unknowingly) to have sex with that sister in which a child is born (Mordred.) Then, since his wife is unable to produce an heir, he forces her to have a threesome with his best friend (Lancelot) who is also the man she secretly loves. It is at this point in the movie (although I almost turned it off at two other points) that I decide to finish the unbearably long and insufferable movie by fast forwarding through sections. It was only out of sheer morbid curiosity that I finish it to find out the ending. The movie made me sick to my stomach and angry. It was also quite possibly the most sacrilegious film I've ever encountered. The end though about Mary the mother of Christ being worshiped as a goddess isn't far from the truth though I'm sure some Catholics would disagree and find this movie extremely blasphemous. There is nothing really good to say about this movie. I was thoroughly disgusted.More
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