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The Mists of Avalon (TV Miniseries)

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Original title
The Mists of Avalon
Year
Running time
176 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Gavin Scott (Novel: Marion Zimmer Bradley)
Music
Lee Holdridge
Cinematography
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cast
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Producer
TNT [USA]
Genre
TV Series. Fantasy. Adventure | TV Miniseries. Middle Ages. Medieval Fantasy
Movie Groups
King Arthur
New
Synopsis / Plot
Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It's Arthurian legends, but told from a woman's point of view and with lots of changes. The catalysts are three sisters, raised in the old pagan mystical religion taught on Avalon. Viviane, aka the Lady of the Lake, is the high priestess. Igraine is destined to be the mother of Arthur, and Morgause is destined to be the jealous sister. Merlin is destined for a minor role in this show.

In this version, Igraine is married to Gorlois of Cornwall, but attracted to the newly-crowned head of Britain, Uther Pendragon. Gorlois' army attacks Uther's army. Uther kills Gorlois and marries the willing Igraine.

The story is told by Morgaine, aka Morgan le Fey, daughter of Igraine and Gorlois. She becomes quite devoted to her half brother Arthur, son of Igraine and Uther.

While still young, the children are fostered out. Morgaine goes with Viviane to Avalon to become a priestess, while Arthur is sent to some nondescript woods with Merlin to learn about mystic religious stuff before he takes his rightful kingly place.

Morgaine learns her lessons, becomes a priestess, and meets her cousin, Lancelot, son of Viviane. But their flirtation is very brief as Lancelot gets a glimpse of a cute blond at Glastonbury while looking through the mists one day with Morgaine.
Awards
2002: Emmy: Best Make-up. 9 Nominations, Including Best Miniseries
2001: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actress in Mini-Series or a TV Picture (Margulies)
2001: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture Made for Television
2001: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Long Form)
2001: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Huston)
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