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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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Don't believe the fairy tale See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Elle Fanning previously appeared opposite Angelina Jolie's husband Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). See more »


When Maleficent is flying after growing up, her necklace disappears and reappears. 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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Total Surprise!
30 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Didn't expect a masterpiece going in, but exited realizing "Maleficent" is one of the best, most beautiful films I've ever experienced.

It is superlative in every way; executed with meticulous care by experts at every level: screen writing, casting, art direction, cinematography, production design, producing, lighting design, CGI, stunt coordination, acting and directing.

Shot after stunningly lit and composed shot, the film is a visual classic from opening to fadeout. If you know even a few basics of how things are done, there are moments where your jaw drops open - and stays there - in amazed appreciation for what this team accomplishes.

It veers delicately, sometimes like lightning, from warmth to laughs to concern to sorrow to tears to majesty and back again; building, building to one moment (just before the magnificent climax) that you suddenly know / hope is coming - about ten seconds before it does - which makes it even more magical and earns your gratitude for what they've done with this timeless fairy tale.

Every inch of the huge 3D screen displays an unbelievably rich collaboration in the joys of virtuoso film making destined to last as long as Disney's original, delivered by artists at the top of their crafts.

Above them all: the remarkable Angelina Jolie (who also co-executive produced).

A milestone in its genre!

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