The Mists Of Avalon

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Additional scenes; Gallery of photos; Storyboards; Costume/Production Designs; Family Tree; ; Closed Caption
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Stuart Gazzo
A reworking of Arthurian lore based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's bestselling novel, The Mists of Avalon is told through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind King Arthur's throne. Anjelica Huston is Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, who presides as high priestess on the mist-shrouded Isle of Avalon, the pagan seat of power and a mystical world invisible to nonbelievers. The rise of Christianity in England, though, sees more people turning away from Viviane, and the general drop in faith levels causes Avalon to recede ever deeper into the mists, making it difficult for even believers to reach. With hopes of saving Avalon, Viviane influences her sister Ingraine Caroline Goodall to manipulate the royal lineage and birth of Arthur Edward Atterton, who grows up with his sister Morgaine Julianna Margulies to be a king friendly to both pagan and Christian faiths. Nonetheless, Viviane's evil sister Morgause Joan Allen endeavors to thwart all plans to save Avalon. From the women's childhoods through the battle between Christianity and paganism, Mists makes enthralling use of its four-hour miniseries format, developing the complex story well while allowing for rich development of the central characters. Director Uli Edel makes remarkable use of his budget to create lavish set pieces and visual effects, and also draws entertaining turns from Samantha Mathis, Michael Vartan, and Hans Matheson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • UPC: 883929243600
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,026

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anjelica Huston Viviane
Julianna Margulies Morgaine
Joan Allen Morgause
Samantha Mathis Gwenhwyfar
Caroline Goodall Igraine
Edward Atterton Arthur
Michael Vartan Lancelot
Michael Byrne Lancelot
Hans Matheson Mordred
Mark Lewis Jones Uther
Clive Russell Gerlois
Tamsin Egerton Young Morgaine
Edward Highmore Young Arthur
Christopher Fulford Lot
John Comer Capt. Talbot
Technical Credits
Marion Zimmer Bradley Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mists of Avalon
1. Saxon Savagery (Credits [2:25]
2. Mother/Daughter Visions [4:22]
3. The Sign Foretold [2:54]
4. Servant of No Man [3:53]
5. Magic of Avalon [4:12]
6. Traitor''s Welcome [3:33]
7. Marked Man [5:14]
9. Separate Fates [4:17]
8. Little Brother [3:14]
10. Mists of Avalon [3:40]
11. Morgaine''s Training [4:18]
12. Taken Into Service [1:40]
13. Lancelot [2:06]
14. Gwenhwyfar [4:18]
15. Beltane''s Rites [5:45]
16. Death of a King [2:29]
17. Excalibur [2:13]
18. The Christian Way [3:04]
19. Face from the Past [3:11]
20. Love Unmasked [2:57]
21. Royal Proclamation [2:51]
22. Lineage Revelations [1:35]
23. Nothing Between Us [4:28]
24. Not Viviane''s Pawn [4:15]
25. Morgaine''s Child [2:54]
26. Arthur''s Child [3:40]
27. Twin Souls in Summer [3:01]
28. The Queen''s Request [3:19]
29. Between Two Men [2:35]
31. In the King''s Bed [4:06]
30. Beltane''s Siren Call [3:08]
32. Fertility Montage [1:32]
33. The Problem of Lancelot [2:47]
34. Neither/Nor [2:00]
35. A Match for Morgaine [4:44]
36. Where the Goddess Lives [5:39]
37. Learning his Birthright [3:12]
38. Mordred''s Toast [3:49]
39. New Arrival at Court [4:12]
40. Morgaine Attacked [4:09]
41. "I Am Your Son" [2:45]
42. Chapel Comfort [3:25]
43. Reunion [3:09]
44. Lovers Exposed [3:17]
45. Parting Prayer [2:56]
46. Where Forgiveness is Found [3:51]
47. The New Camelot [3:33]
48. An Era in Eclipse [2:22]
49. One Last Note of Glory [1:57]
50. Fire and Sword [6:10]
51. Casualties of Battle [4:41]
52. Home [4:15]
53. Another Incarnation [1:22]
54. End Credits [1:11]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    True depiction of the Goddess

    AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME!!! The movie has terrific acting and scenery as well. However, it's best trait is how it depicts Paganism as it truly is: an earth-loving, nature based religion that values men and women alike. It does well porteying most of the rituals in the film. Also, it shows Early Christianity. As a lover of Arthurian myth and believer in Wicca/Paganism, I adored this film. However, the book is ALWAYS BETTER!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful movie, and a must-see for those who believe in the mystical side of life!

    I bought this DVD after my daughter told me to see the movie if I could; was originally going to watch it and then pass on the DVD to her, but will now keep it in my collection. There's a lot of history in the movie and some facts that are astonishing but overall, a lovely movie that takes you back in time, to an era where you feel "I've been here before" - kind of scary, but maybe true.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great entertainment

    This is an undiscovered gem, at least by me. I just happened onto it while browsing DVD'S. Very entertaining,wonderful cast.
    I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of My Favorites...

    The Mists of Avalon was an amazing depiction of the Arthurian Legends. It is much more entertaining and realistic in contrast to movies such as 'Excalibur' and 'Merlin'. Although the movie does have a great amount of differences from the book, it is still worth the 4 hours. Perhaps so many differences occurred because of time constraints. If it took 2 1/2 hours for a 300 page Harry Potter book, then imagine how much time they would need for this story. Especially since there are so many conflicts and coinciding plots. And despite what the reviewer before me said, I have read the Mists of Avalon after I watched the mini-series and I understood it perfectly well. In my opinion, it is definitely a movie that you should see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Compared to the book

    The movie was an 'ok' but it wasn't as great as i expected it to be. It left my favorite parts of the book out and i didn't feel that the movie was really connected much to the book. If i hadn't read the book before i was to see the movie i would not understand the movie much and i think i would feel less good about the movie as i do now. The movie is great to watch and see the likes and differences between the movie and book and also great to sit down and enjoy on a rainy day but i still give this movie only a three star rating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Favorite Movie

    In my opinion, this is the best depiction of the Arthurinian Lore. Morgaine was not evil like all stories say, but she cast herself out for personal reasons. I like how they depicted Mordrid as a confused man, because his childhood was so screwy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT

    i can't believe on how well it went with the pagan religion. Finally A movie that has some sence of how pagans live and how we aren't evil at all. Plus i have seen this move at least 5 times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great entertainment

    Great actors and a drama with a lot of emotions and intrigues. Get some pop-corns and a coca-cola and disconnect the phone.You will not regreat it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a movie of brilliance

    The mists of Avalon I believ gives a strong out look on the teal of King Auther and the prople around him. The story based itself on the life of avalon and how it lived with it's priestis and believers. Making the world of magic and heros come to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME WOMEN,AWESOME MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this movie and didnot want it to end !Finally the story told from a women's point of view and showing pagens as they are today.............shunned and misunderstood Lady Amalthea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome movie

    this movie was one of the best movies i have watched in a long time. I have a passion for authurian legends and this just made it stronger. the only downside i got from it was, after reading the book, i wished the movie had more of the information that the book provided. other than that, i was entranced with the good acting and the great plot line. I also like how its seen through the eyes of the women of avalon/camelot. thanks for makin the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!!!!

    This movie rocks!!! It has great acting and many emotions. I didn't want it to end. I will definately read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    I loved this made-for-TV-movie! It's about time they told the story of King Arthur and Camelot from the women's perspective. The actors were great, as was the storyline. If you liked the movie, try reading the book. It's great too, and it has a bit more information than the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thw Best Movie Forever

    The mists of avalon had a really excellent story line and the scting was excellent.It was exciting sad and exerilerating at the same time .I loved this movie!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    The Mists of Avalon is an awsome movie. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Happily Wrong

    I fully expected the movie to be a brutal butchering of the book, but to my surprise to was very enjoyable. I now own the dvd and highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie - terrific book !

    I read the book when it first came out & loved the story. The movie is good but leaves a lot of the story out due to time constraints. If you enjoyed the movie, you should definitely read the book - what a treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!!

    This movie was great. I'm reading the book now but it's cool to see the characters come alive. The women are so powerful. I love watching it and some parts still leave me breathless by great acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The magical story of King Aurther and the women behind him

    When I saw it on TNT I feel in love with the whole story.It made the old characters seem new.I wonder why no one ever thought of telling the story from a womans point of view but thats the part that was most intresting.If you have never seen this movie I insist that you do.Guys will like it because of the battle sences,Girls will like it for the romance, but every one will love the magical story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the book is awsome

    awsome

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