Excalibur
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Character: Morgana
Directed by: John Boorman
Written by: John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg
Produced by: John Boorman
Other cast: Nigel Terry, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart
Release date: April 10, 1981
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Running time: 2h 20min

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Taglines

→ No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it!
→ Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a King.

Trivia

• Helen Mirren and Nicol Williamson were initially reluctant to work with each other. They’d been in a disastrous production of “Macbeth,” and were not on speaking terms. John Boorman cast them because their natural animosity would be perfect. According to Mirren, she and Williamson “wound up becoming very good friends” during filming.
• When Morgana gives birth, Helen Mirren’s head is up through a hole in the table while a real pregnant woman lies on the table with her head covered.
• Morgana’s breastplate is in John Boorman’s home. In his will, it will be given to Helen Mirren.
• Helen Mirren’s breakout movie role. She was already a renowned Shakespearean stage actress.
• Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren met on set of Excalibur (1981) and went on to live together for the next four years.

Character’s Quotes

♦ Can’t you acknowledge… love? Perhaps you ache for what you’ve never known.