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The Mists of Avalon (2001)




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This 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
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Gavin Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Warner Home Video


Joan Allen
as Morgause
Samantha Mathis
as Gwenhwyfar
Tamsin Egerton
as Young Morgaine
Edward Highmore
as Young Arthur
Hugh Ross
as Pairicius
Freddie Highmore
as Young Arthur
John Comer
as Captain Talbot
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Critic Reviews for The Mists of Avalon

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | October 21, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

the spirit of the story remains sturdy, even if some intriguing details and characters had to be sacrificed for the sake of time.

Full Review… | September 28, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

As a fantasy, The Mists of Avalon lacks the fantastic, as a war film it lacks compelling battle scenes, and as a romance, it lacks, er, romance.

Full Review… | February 3, 2002
Film Freak Central

July 17, 2005

June 13, 2004
Aisle Seat

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
Apollo Guide

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!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


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.

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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