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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Evil has a beginning. 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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According to The Los Angeles Times, Guillermo del Toro was said that he was considered to direct. See more »

Goofs

When Maleficent is flying after growing up, her necklace disappears and reappears. 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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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 »


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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Magnificent as Maleficent
1 October 2014 | by CarrDonSee all my reviews

Okay, enjoyed a couple of movies last weekend. Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow… both movies were outstanding, both were a "must see!" First Maleficent, a well-made move showing the audience the so-called "Villain's" side of the story. I gotta say, Well done Disney for even coming up with an alternative view of the Sleeping Beauty Story. Angelina Jolie, was Magnificent as Maleficent. That woman has a face you want to follow and when you put some glow-in-the-dark eyes on her, Well, it's all over. This movie I believe was how the pros at Disney would have done it... with big and bigger name stars back in the day. Unfortunately it was a kids movie so I'd give it 9 for kids and 8 for adults.


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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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