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This adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley's sprawling and perennially popular book, whose retelling of the Arthurian legends focused on the role of powerful females, compresses a wealth of mysticism, family intrigue, and bloody swordplay into three hours. While the plot can meander slowly and can sometimes seem, well, mystifying, the work of three notable actresses holds the production together, and the numerous complications do eventually get resolved. As Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, Anjelica Huston endeavors to perpetuate the old religion as pagan Britain comes into contact with Christianity. The scheming Morgause, played to evil perfection by Joan Allen, conspires to her own ends. And Avalon priestess Morgaine, played by Julianna Margulies, travels the heroine's journey, overcoming tragedies, injustice, and all manner of obstacles in her duty to both "the goddess" and her younger brother, King Arthur. Although the action lags at times, the production is quite lavish for a made-for-television feature and the film is ultimately entertaining.--Robert J. McNamara
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review by . August 15, 2012
The legend of King Arthur has gone through many, many permutations. The Mists of Avalon is probably one of the more unique. It tells the tale of Arthur through the point of view of the female characters. Overall, this movie works far better than most fantasy movies - certainly better than the current fantasy hit Game of Thrones.    The characters in this movie are complex and rich - or at least the female ones. Unlike most incarnations of Camelot, none of the female characters …
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