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Maleficent (2014)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  30 May 2014 (USA)
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A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.



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A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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Evil has a beginning. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maléfica  »

Box Office


$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,431,298 (USA) (30 May 2014)


$241,407,328 (USA) (28 November 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maleficent's magic changes colour. When she is good, her magic is gold and when she is evil, her magic is green. See more »


The third fairy/pixie never actually bestows a gift on baby Aurora. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Let us tell an old story anew, and we will see how well you know it. Once upon a time, there were two kingdoms that were the worst of neighbors. So vast was the discord between them that it was said only a great hero or a terrible villain might bring them together. In one kingdom lived folk like you and me, with a vain and greedy king to rule over them. They were forever discontent, and envious of the wealth and beauty of their neighbors, For in the other kingdom, the Moors, lived ...
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Once Upon a Dream
Written by Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence
Produced by Daniel Heath (as Dan Heath)
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Arranged by Julian Shah-Tayler and Daisy O'Dell
Remixed by Benjamin Stefanski
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User Reviews

A superb fantasy film which I recommend to all.
22 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

As a man who prefers science fiction to fantasy, I was pleasantly surprised by this superb film. It is a re-imagining of the classic fairy tale 'sleeping beauty' (at least I think so, as I have never read the original tale in the original language, and it may be that the Disney version with which we are all familiar is, in fact a re-imagining). The film is superbly directed; finely scripted, well acted, and is a joy to watch. The special effects are excellent, but are not overused. They are there when needed, and are spectacular, creating a magical world we can all appreciate. However, the thrust of the film is the changing relationships between the main characters, which are sometimes surprising and key to the story. Preconceptions from the accepted version of this story are overturned, and the altered relationships between the core characters provide a satisfying basis for a reappraisal of the whole concept of the story. This is a film that everyone should see, because I believe that almost everyone will enjoy it. I have no hesitation in recommending this to all viewers, of all ages.

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