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Action/Adventure/Drama/Mystery/Romance/, USA/UK, 1998, 182 min.

Tagline The most magical adventure of all time.

Synopsis In this classic tale of good and evil the wise old wizard Merlin (Sam Neill) recounts how he and Arthur (Paul Curran) fought to overcome wickedness and defeat Mab, the Queen of Darkness (Miranda Richardson). When King Constant (John Gielgud), Arthur’s grandfather, was slain by the pagan Vortigern (Rutger Hauer), a civil war broke out. What follows is a fantastical story of sorcery, seduction and adventure, mixed with magic and morality. Merlin was created by the sorceress Mab so the Old Ways would not be forgotten. But Merlin refused to be a leader of dark powers and at 17, Merlin fell in love with Nimue (Isabella Rossellini). Enraged, Mab allows Merlin to be captured by King Vortigern and imprisoned with Nimue, who was later sacrificed to a fire-breathing dragon, which disfigured her for life and ultimately forced her into hiding. In an effort to make things right, Merlin helped King Uther defeat Vortigern, but learned Uther was not a good king and reluctantly agreed to help Uther seduce a married woman, Lady Igraine, under the condition that Merlin could have their first child, to "teach him honor and goodness." When Arthur was born, Mab immediately put a curse on him. In Part Two, Merlin teaches Arthur ethics and morals and takes him to the Mountain King (James Earl Jones) where Arthur extracts the magic sword, Excalibur, from the stone. As the new king, Arthur announces that he will build a golden city named Camelot, devoted to peace and charity. Lady Morgan Le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter), desiring the crown herself, enlists the aid of Mab’s wicked imp, Frik (Martin Short), to seduce Arthur. Successful, she bears their evil son, Mordred, the rightful heir to the throne. When Camelot is built and Arthur marries Guinevere, he commences on his quest for the Holy Grail - a cup that has the power to feed the hungry and heel the sick - and chooses Sir Lancelot to protect his kingdom. But with the unstoppable Queen Mab casting spells in every direction, Arthur’s journey is anything but easy. With a grand-slam cast of incomparable actors including James Earl Jones, Helena Bonham Carter, Martin Short and Isabella Rossellini, Merlin is a must see masterpiece!

Directed by Steve Barron  

Starring Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, Miranda Richardson, John Gielgud, Martin Short, more...

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