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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Costa ...
Princess Aurora (voice)
Bill Shirley ...
Prince Phillip (voice)
Maleficent (voice)
Flora (voice)
Barbara Luddy ...
Merryweather (voice)
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Fauna (voice)
Taylor Holmes ...
Stefan (voice)
Bill Thompson ...
Hubert (voice)


Adaptation of the fairy tale of the same name. Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent - who declares that before the sun sets on Aurora's 16th birthday she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. To try to prevent this, the king places her into hiding, in the care of three good-natured - but not too bright - fairies. Written by Tim Pickett <>

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Release Date:

6 February 1959 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

La bella durmiente  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$51,600,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was re-released in 1970, 1979, 1986, and 1995. It was originally supposed to be re-released in 1993 as evidenced on the 1992 VHS of Beauty and the Beast but was later pushed to 1995. See more »


During the song "Once Upon A Dream" in the forest, Briar Rose places her shawl and picnic basket on the log. When it goes back to the log, they both disappear. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: In a faraway land, long ago, there lived a King and his fair Queen. Many years they had longed for a child, and finally their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora. Yes, they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine. Then a great holiday was proclaimed throughout the land, so that all of high or low estate could pay homage to the infant Princess. And our story begins on that most joyful day...
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The opening credits say Technirama, but not Super Technirama 70, which is the process it was filmed in. See more »


Referenced in The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004) See more »


One Gift
(1958) (uncredited)
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Tom Adair
Performed by Chorus
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This High-Def Transfer Will Blow You Away!
7 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quick......what was "Sleeping Beauty's" name? Answer: Either "Princess Aurora" or "Rose," depending on where she was.

Most of you probably know that but I didn't, probably because I hadn't watched this movie since it came out about a half century ago! I was a little kid, and never did see this again on TV or VHS. I only saw it again because several high-definition DVD websites said this looked spectacular on Blu-Ray.

How right they were; this looks incredible! I cannot believe how fantastic the artwork is, and sharp the picture comes through on this restored high-def disc. The colors and the amount of details in all the art are astounding. Many of the scenes had my jaw dropping in admiration. The story, frankly, is not anything that great for a man my age but the visuals are so fantastic that I enjoyed the experience.

I also appreciated the 2.55:1 widescreen picture. If you've only seen this on formatted-to-TV 4:3, and love the movie, you owe it to yourself to see this version. You won't believe how good this 1959 film looks.

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