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
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NR
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Hallmark Entertainment

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All Critics (10)

Excellent cast in a fine retelling of the legend

October 7, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

A captivating made-for-TV production

March 13, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

An overblown fantasy.

December 24, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

A nifty, loose-limbed epic miniseries: Sam Neill's last starring role?

July 30, 2002
Film Blather

An imaginatively realized slice of Arthurian mythology.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Merlin

½

Sam Neill grouses his way through this infectious (if slow and overlong) telling of Arthurian legend from the perspective of it's purported instigator. He only seems to relax whenever Isabella Rossellini's around, I don't know why. Magical fun, despite the miscasting of Martin Short. And Miranda Richardson carries the whole thing home.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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

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