King Arthur in Hollywood
Merlin – The Return
In ancient times, Mordred the evil sorcerer brought the legendary King Arthur
Pendragon and his Knights of the Round Table to their knees.
Across a dimensional time gate, will it be different this
Fifteen hundred years later, Merlin's spell is the subject
of legend...and is weakening. Scientist, Joan Maxwell is experimenting with the
magnetic flows of the earth, the precise source of Merlin's magic...
In ancient times, the vast army of the evil sorcerer, Mordred (CRAIG
SHEFFER, star of The River Runs Through It and Some Kind of Wonderful) brought
the legendary King Arthur Pendragon (PATRICK BERGIN of Sleeping with the Enemy
and Patriot Games) and his Knights of the Round Table to their knees.
In desperation, Merlin, the Wizard (RIK MAYALL from Drop Dead Fred,
Whoops Apocalypse and UK TV smash hit, The Young Ones) used the immense power of
Stonehenge to banish Mordred to the Netherworld. He then consigned Arthur and
his knights to a long, dark sleep, promising future generations that Arthur
would be on-hand to save the world should Mordred ever escape to threaten it
Fifteen hundred years later, Merlin's spell is the subject of legend .
. . and is weakening. Scientist, Joan Maxwell (TIA CARRERE from True Lies and
Wayne's World 1 & 2) is experimenting with the magnetic flows of the Earth,
the precise source of Merlin's magic. She has made contact with Mordred and in
return for his promise of power, she is using her knowledge to free the sorcerer
from his prison.
Fourteen-year old Ritchie Gould is plunged into the age-old battle when
his father dies and Ritchie's mother moves them to her former home in England.
When Ritchie arrives, Merlin's spell is already all but destroyed by
Maxwell's meddling. Arthur and his knights are awake, fifteen hundred years out
of place, and Mordred is preparing to forge a dimensional gate to freedom. The
only thing standing between Mordred and success are the ragged loyalties of
Lancelot (ADRIAN PAUL of Highlander, Colbys and Dynasty fame) and Guinevere whom
Merlin banished along with him.
In a tale of myth, mythology, demons and duels spanning fifteen
centuries, the forces of good and evil once more do battle. And at stake is the
world as we know it.
Rik Mayall - Merlin
Tia Carrere - Joan Maxwell
Patrick Bergin - Arthur
Adrian Paul - Lancelot
Craig Sheffer - Mordred
Released in England 22nd December 2000 – A Peak Viewing Transatlantic
Production Designer EDWARD THOMAS
Cinematographer VINCENT G. COX ASC. SASC.
Editor PETER DAVIES
Executive in Charge of Production PETER H. MATTHEWS
Producers ELIZABETH MATTHEWS and PAUL MATTHEWS
Written and Directed by PAUL MATTHEWS