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Maleficent (2014)

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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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Storyline

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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30 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maléfica  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,431,298, 1 June 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$241,410,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$758,539,785
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2.35 : 1
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Angelina Jolie worked very closely with the costume and make-up designers to develop Maleficent's menacing look. Disney executives objected, hoping to take advantage of Jolie's beauty in marketing the film, but the actress insisted that the character maintain the scarier look of the animated incarnation from Sleeping Beauty (1959). See more »

Goofs

Maleficent's curse is for Aurora to fall into a "sleep like death, from which she shall never awaken". While some have interpreted this to be backwards, a "sleep like death" is just "death-like sleep" in a different order. See more »

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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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Featured in Aurora: Becoming a Beauty (2014) See more »

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Maleficent Flies
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Composed by James Newton Howard
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Brilliant twist on Sleeping Beauty
5 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film and the fairytale scenes. Plus I'm a huge Angelina Jolie fan. She made a gorgeous evil Fairy Godmother. I loved that this film gave a character that is supposed to be evil a new insight in to why she became wicked. Not only did the film give a reason of why she went from being peaceful to evil it gave Maleficent a chance to redeem herself. Not many films or even in life are people given that opportunity. I heard some bad comments on this film and so I thought film was not going to be as good as I imagined it to be. But to my surprise the film was excellent. It had many unexpected plot twists, a lot of action, and showed a different take on the definition of true love. Both young and mature audiences will appreciate this story brought to life via film. Great views on greed and great references on how society can and should live together in harmonious relationships.


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