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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.

Director:

Robert Stromberg

Writers:

Linda Woolverton (screenplay by), Charles Perrault (based on "La Belle au bois dormant" written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Maleficent
Elle Fanning ... Aurora
Sharlto Copley ... Stefan
Lesley Manville ... Flittle
Imelda Staunton ... Knotgrass
Juno Temple ... Thistletwit
Sam Riley ... Diaval
Brenton Thwaites ... Prince Phillip
Kenneth Cranham ... King Henry
Sarah Flind ... Princess Leila's Handmaiden
Hannah New ... Princess Leila
Isobelle Molloy ... Young Maleficent
Michael Higgins ... Young Stefan
Ella Purnell ... Teen Maleficent
Jackson Bews ... Teen Stefan
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't believe the fairy tale See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maléfica See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Maleficent's prosthetics and make-up were inspired by singer Lady Gaga, particularly on her "Born This Way" album cover. See more »

Goofs

Spinning wheels don't have sharp spindles, and most drop-spindles are not sharp enough to puncture skin. The distaff on a spinning wheel, however, is often this sharp. The distaff is the pointed bit that holds the wool (or other fiber) waiting to be spun. Disney has perpetuated this falsity to the point where few American children know the difference. See more »

Quotes

[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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Other than the Disney logo, there are no opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.56 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You Maleficent?
(uncredited)
Composed by James Newton Howard
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User Reviews

 
Better than the animated film...a masterpiece....
15 June 2014 | by sastorytellerfilmsSee 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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