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

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Also Known As:

Maléfica  »

Box Office

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$240,978,399 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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Trivia

Miranda Richardson was cast as Queen Ulla, but her role ended up being cut. See more »

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The two kings in this story set in the Middle Ages, which ended in 1453, are often addressed as Majesty. The first monarch addressed as Majesty was Charles I, King of Spain, who was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire as Charles V, and who reigned in the 16th century. See more »

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Princess Aurora: I know who you are.
Maleficent: Do you?
Princess Aurora: You're my Fairy-Godmother!
Maleficent: What?
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Spun-off from Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Once Upon A Dream
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Maleficent? More like Magnificent!
28 May 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

IGNORE THE TRAILER: GO SEE IT!

I saw this movie tonight with a friend and it was spectacular. Going in, I was excited as a life-long Disney fan but also expecting a somewhat cheesy good-vs-evil type of movie based on what I had seen in the trailer. I couldn't have been more wrong! Angelina Jolie delivers an amazing performance and makes a well-known, previously rather one- dimensional Disney villain relate-able and more sympathetic, while also managing to look like a convincing, gorgeous, magical creature.

The CGI is a tad heavy and a little freaky at times (such as the three coloured pixies/Aunts) but was used, in combination with some amazing sets, to create a fantastic world and creatures which were reminiscent of the beautiful and imaginative work in movies such as "Hellboy 2" and "Pan's Labyrinth". The effort by the art team here really helps to draw you into Maleficent's world at the beginning of the movie and makes you wish you were a kid growing up with this movie as fodder for your imagination.

Although Maleficent's character has been humanised in this re-telling, the story really emphasises that she isn't human at all, and explores the ins and outs of her life and how she relates to the humans she encounters.

The plot for this movie really fits into the current trend of exploring the anti-hero (Breaking Bad, Hannibal...) and shows that Disney is trying to break with its past depiction of characters being black and white, good or evil, etc.

I feel like I am gushing over this film, but as a Disney classic lover I have been truly impressed by what is sure to be a new favourite with kids and adults equally. I do expect some controversy over parts of the film but I won't discuss those here.


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