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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Angelina Jolie was definitely interested to be in the movie to begin with. She repeatedly stated it was because 1.) she grew up on Disney movies as a child, especially Sleeping Beauty (1959); she was quite fond of the character Maleficent: "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite," Jolie said. "I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel," 2.) she wanted to do a movie in which her children can go see her in, as well as the fact that her children really also wanted her to be in the movie, 3.) the beauty, warmth, complexity, and strong intelligence of the script, and 4.) she was very impressed with Maleficent's characterization for this film. In fact, Jolie also served as an executive producer on the film. See more »


Shots of Aurora as a baby arriving at the cottage for the first time show she is wrapped in the king's cloak. The basket is carried inside, but in a subsequent shot, we see that the same shot of the baby in the basket is used (with the cloak). When the camera angle changes the cloak is gone. 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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Better than the animated film...a masterpiece....
15 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wife took me to see this just now on father's day. This is a cinematic masterpiece of storytelling. A film of visual beauty and fantasy. Takes you to that place The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings does with it's cinematography and music score. Angelina Jolie is magnificent and is still one of the top 10 greatest actresses in film. She delivers a grabbing emotional edge of both good and evil. I can't say anything more or it will be a spoiler but this movie will take you places few dare to take on chance on. This movie does not follow the standard predictable formula and it's nice to see a story that reinvents itself in a classic way. I will say this to all of the critics bashing this film "retire and do us all a favor". We need more films like this and Disney is blowing the lid off the honey pot and proving that we want more films like this with both story and visual effects. Steven Spielberg and other filmmaking legends should be so proud they are becoming more involved to set the industry back on track the way it should be. So much "trash" coming out to make studio money and leaving audiences simply drained of hollow storytelling. Bravo Disney and you guys keep doing them all like this and I promise you the money will come as a reward for it. This movie is right up there with Oz the Great and Powerful, Lord of the Rings, and other classic fantasy films. I will definitely be adding the director along with Angelina to my list of favorite producers and directors. This is exactly how you do it folks. This is filmmaking at it's absolute best. Malificient is a moving, gutsy, imaginative, visually stunning piece of priceless art. Anything lower than 10 stars feels like madness to me. Thank you for this film. ~ S A Storyteller

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