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 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 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

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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 »

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Trivia

Imelda Staunton is the first actress portraying a witch (Dolores Umbridge) in the 'Harry Potter' film series to later play a Disney fairy godmother. Helena Bonham Carter who portrayed Bellatrix Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' films is the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (2015). See more »

Goofs

The playing pieces appear and disappear on the board game that Flittle and Knotgrass are playing. 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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Crazy Credits

The usual Disney castle in the opening credits is replaced by the castle used in the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut (ca. 40 seconds) by the distributor to secure a "Not under 6" rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Ariel x Halle (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Upon a Dream
Melody composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the ballet "The Sleeping Beauty" (1890)
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Produced by Daniel Heath (as Dan Heath)
Written by Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence
Arranged by Julian Shah-Tayler (uncredited) and Daisy O'Dell (uncredited)
Remixed by Raffertie (uncredited)
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A split decision
21 May 2018 | by MJB784See all my reviews

I found it very frustratingly uneven. Visually the location and production design was fascinating, but the special effects were mostly fake and didn't blend to the performances which were mostly just standing by with nothing the do and the flying scenes with the fairies looked too fake like an old video game sequence. Angelina wasn't that menacing in Maleficent. She played it very hammy where she was over emphasizing the lines and didn't seem that mean. The story is just as uneven since it wants to be both a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and a brand new story about Maleficent so the main character is both Maleficent and Princess Aurora. They also changed some of the story and it made me not sure if certain parts were supposed to be funny or serious and Maleficent as a character was just as unfocused emotionally. Why couldn't they just retell Sleeping Beauty or tell a prequel of Maleficent instead of combining the two? My mind was feeling like I was watching two movies fused together!


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,431,298, 1 June 2014

Gross USA:

$241,410,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$758,411,779
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2.35 : 1
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