Merlin

1998

Merlin

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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

Cast

Sam Neill
as Merlin
Helena Bonham Carter
as Morgan Le Fey
John Gielgud
as King Constant
Rutger Hauer
as King Vortigern
James Earl Jones
as Mountain King
Miranda Richardson
as Lady of the Lake
Lena Headey
as Guinevere
Mark Jax
as Uther
John McEnery
as Lord Ardente
Jason Done
as Mordred
Daniel Brocklebank
as Young Merlin
Agnieszka Koson
as Young Nimue
Emma Lewis
as Elissa
Justin Girdler
as Young Galahad
Nicholas Clay
as Lord Leo
Rachel de Thame
as Lady Igraine
John Turner
as Lord Lot
Keith Baxter
as Sir Hector
Janine Eser
as Lady Elaine
Peter Woodthorpe
as Soothsayer
Robert Addie
as Sir Gilbert
Nickolas Grace
as Sir Egbert
Peter Benson
as 1st Architect
John Tordoff
as New Architect
Timothy Bateson
as Father Abbot
Alice Hamilton
as Young Morgan
Peter Eyre
as Chief Physician
Vernon Dobtcheff
as 1st Physician
Peter Bayliss
as 2nd Physician
Talula Sheppard
as Lady Friend
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Critic Reviews for Merlin

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Audience Reviews for Merlin

  • May 02, 2009
    A pretty good made for tv movie. I liked it.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2009
    Moving, beautiful and well-constructed work. Effective at retelling the legends in a refreshing way, at the same time giving a side story about the character's growing up and loves. All webbed together beautifully well, the characters and the climax wonderfully painted.
    Constanza B Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2008
    I loved this movie the 1st and 2nd time I watched it. Sam Neill is wonderful as Merlin. It's been sooo long since I've seen it, I want to give it another watch and review.
    Amanda . Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2007
    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.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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