The Mists of Avalon (2001)
Front Cover Actor
Anjelica Huston Viviane
Julianna Margulies Morgaine
Joan Allen Morgause
Samantha Mathis Gwenhwyfar
Caroline Goodall Igraine
Edward Atterton King Arthur
Michael Vartan Lancelot
Michael Byrne Lancelot
Hans Matheson Mordred
Mark Jones Uther
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama; Epic
Director Uli Edel
Language English
Running Time 180 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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 Ingraine ( 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 ), aka Morgan le Fey, 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. — Brian J. Dillard
Personal Details
My Rating 6
Seen It Yes
Index 137
In Collection Yes
Location Home
Owner Olavo Lira
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1