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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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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

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

NBC managed to turn ''Merlin'' into something more than an effects-laden sweeps event, gathering an impressive cast for some lively Arthurian melodrama.

September 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Excellent cast in a fine retelling of the legend

October 7, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

A captivating made-for-TV production

March 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

An overblown fantasy.

December 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

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

July 30, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

An imaginatively realized slice of Arthurian mythology.

March 2, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Merlin


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

Super Reviewer

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

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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