Merlin (1998)

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This four-hour fantasy miniseries, elaborating on the Arthurian legend and filmed in England and Wales, offers a portrait of the wizard Merlin (Sam Neill), following his life as a youth (Daniel Brocklebank) to his later conflicts with the evil Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson) and his love for Nimue (Isabella Rossellini), who is kidnapped by Lord Vortigern (Rutger Hauer). Amid battles and displays of magic and mysticism (courtesy of London's Framestore and the Jim Henson Creature Shop), Merlin strides the English countryside encountering Excalibur, the unbreakable sword, and a Camelot cast of colorful characters including the morphing manservant Frik (Martin Short), Morgan le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter), King Arthur (Paul Curran), Lancelot (Jeremy Sheffield), and Guinevere (Lena Heady). Premiered April 26, 1998 on NBC. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Steve Barron , David Winning , Steven Barron
Written By: David Stevens , David Stevens , Peter Barnes
In Theaters: wide
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Hallmark Entertainment

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All Critics (10)

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November 5, 2004
EmanuelLevy.Com

Excellent cast in a fine retelling of the legend

October 7, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

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January 30, 2004
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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July 13, 2003
Film Freak Central

A captivating made-for-TV production

March 13, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

An overblown fantasy.

December 24, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for Merlin

A pretty good made for tv movie. I liked it.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

I loved it on t.v., but it's been too long, I need to see it again.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

I love this. I like that it doesn't focus on King Arthur for once (Merlin is a much more interesting character), and Miranda Richardson and Helena Bonham Carter look fabulous. The downside is the 'modern' humour of Frik, which ruins the effort to make it look ancient and sumptious.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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