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Sleeping Beauty (1987)

Feature-length, live-action musical version of the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Holliday ...
Master Elf (as Shai K. Ophir)
1st Counsellor (as Yankele Ben Sira)
Danny Segev ...
2nd Counsellor
Igor Borisov ...
Joseph Bee ...
3rd Counsellor
Count (as Johnny Phillips)


An elf gives a queen a magic spell for the baby she always wanted. But an evil curse is placed over her daughter, Rosebud, which results in the king demanding that all the spindles in the kingdom be destroyed. As Rosebud grows into a naive yet pretty young woman, she wonders why no one in the kingdom ever has new cloth. She convinces her parents to go on a journey to a neighboring kingdom, not knowing what awaits her as soon as the king and queen are gone. Written by Max Vaughn

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12 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Cannon Movie Tales: Sleeping Beauty  »

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Page Hannah (sister of Daryl Hannah) was originally cast as Rosebud but was fired after a week of shooting and replaced by Tahnee Welch. The production suffered another setback when all of the fairy costumes were stolen and had to be rebuilt from scratch, including the animatronic wings. Because of this and having only seven days to prepare for shooting after completing principal photography on Rumpelstiltskin (1987), director David Irving went on to describe the project as a "nightmare." See more »


When the white fairy lands on the castle steps after flying into Rosebud's christening, the wire attached to Jane Wiedlin can be seen. See more »


Red Fairy: My gift is a little trick, for with a spindle, the princess will her finger prick!
[the baby Rosebud cries]
Red Fairy: Princess Rosebud... as my name is Fairy Red... when she grows from childhood... the girl - will drop down dead!
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Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 22 July 1986 (1986) See more »


Performed by Nick Curtis
Music and Lyrics by Max Robert
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Visually Appealing, Dramatically Dull.
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Cannon Movie Tales are film adaptations of classic stories which were made in the late 1980s. Because the first, "Rumpelstiltskin" received mostly mediocre reviews (though it wasn't bad) the rest were never released theatrically, debuting on video instead. "Sleeping Beauty" is one of the lesser ones. It was directed by David Irving , who also directed "Rumpelstiltskin" and the worst one, "The Emperor's New Clothes". The script meanders all over the place, introducing two "Elves"(who stop the story dead in it's tracks every time they appear) and a silly subplot involving the lack of available spindles which only serves to introduce a tacky and irrelevant "production number" which is, by far, the worst of all the songs. The acting, by Morgan Fairchild (the Queen) and Tahnee (daughter of Raquel) Welch, is bland to the point of somnambulence. Only Sylvia Miles, as the Evil Fairy makes much of an impression, and she has only a few scenes. Most of the singing voices are dubbed, including Fairchild and Welch, who can't possibly have had a worse singing voice than the off-key substitute (Linda Lopresti) used for her songs, (or CAN she?) The sets and costumes evoke the proper mood,which, unfortunately, the script and direction consistently undermine. Producer Menahem Golen reportedly loved fairy tales, so how could he let them get away with this? It is watchable, but what a disappointment.

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