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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

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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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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the second day of the Disney D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, Saturday, 10 August 2013, Angelina Jolie admitted that she scared little kids while in costume on the set of Maleficent, with one kid actually saying, "Mommy, please get the mean witch to stop talking to me." She adds that her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, who played young Aurora, was the only child who was not scared of her. See more »

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The playing pieces appear and disappear on the board game that Flittle and Knotgrass are playing. See more »

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[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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You Could Live Here Now
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Composed by James Newton Howard
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Total Surprise!
30 May 2014 | by HoldjerhorsesSee 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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