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97 min
Action | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Romance
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Robert Stromberg
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 28 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2014-05-30
Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Budget: $180,000,000
Opening Weekend: $69,431,298 (USA) (1 June 2014)
Gross: $240,366,802 (USA) (28 September 2014)
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Juno Temple
Juno Temple
Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
Sharlto Copley
Lesley Manville
Imelda Staunton
Sam Riley
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
Angus Wright
Advisor to King Henry
Oliver Maltman
Advisor to King Henry
Gary Cargill
John O'Toole
Harry Attwell
Nobleman (as Harry Atwell)
Anthony May
James Hicks
Military Nobleman
Stephan Chase
Mark Caven
Chris Leaney
Servant in Wing Room
Jamie Maclachlan
Soldier in Wood
Shaun Smith
Soldier in Wood
John Macmillan
Tim Treloar
Peter G. Reed
Guard (voice)
Marama Corlett
Liam McKenna
King Henry's Captain
Steven Cree
Sandy Fox
Fairies / Creatures (voice)
Janet McTeer
Narrator (voice)
Karen Anderson
Blue Suit Performer (uncredited)
Lasco Atkins
King Henry Soldier (uncredited)
James Ayling
Stefans Guard (uncredited)
James Ballard
Court Servant (uncredited)
David Boat
Creatures (voice) (uncredited)
Adam Bond
Palace Guard (uncredited)
Scott Bradley
Stefan's General (uncredited)
Sophie-Anna Brough
Courtier (uncredited)
Alfred Camp
King Henry's General (uncredited)
Raf Cross
Young Man (uncredited)
Nick Donald
Stefan's Guard (uncredited)
Terri Douglas
Curse Voice, Fairies, Creatures (uncredited)
Damon Driver
Court Jester (uncredited)
Josh Dyer
Stefan's Soldier / Henry's Soldier (uncredited)
Stephanie Elstob
Dancer (uncredited)
Ellis Fuller
Courtier (uncredited)
Craig Garner
Blue Suit Performer (uncredited)
Alexander Gillison
King Henry's Solider (uncredited)
Daniel Harland
Courtier (uncredited)
Kara Lily Hayworth
Pixie Reader (uncredited)
John Heartstone
Soldier / Courtier (uncredited)
Matt Hookings
Stefan's Soldier (uncredited)
Craig Izzard
King Henry's Soldier (uncredited)
Ceri Jerome
Dancer (uncredited)
Lee Edward Jones
Blue Suit Performer (uncredited)
Hrvoje Klecz
Courtier (uncredited)
Alex Marek
Servant (uncredited)
João Costa Menezes
Palace Guard (uncredited)
Karen Mkrtchyan
Courtier (uncredited)
Matthew John Morley
King Stefan's Army (uncredited)
Steven John Nice
Courtier (uncredited)
Edd Osmond
Blue Suit Performer (uncredited)
Jo Osmond
Blue Suit Performer (uncredited)
Jimmy Pethrus
Stefan's Palace Guard (uncredited)
Andrew James Porter
King Henry's Soldier (uncredited)
Guy Potter
Stefan's Page
Marc Rolfe
King Stefans Guard (uncredited)
Jd Roth-round
Palace Guard (uncredited)
Julian Seager
Stefan's General (uncredited)
Jamie Sives
Shepherd (uncredited)
Peter Stacey
Soldier / Courtier (uncredited)
Daniel Stisen
Screen Combat, Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Summers-Calvert
Stefan Guard (uncredited)
Leo Suter
Young Man (uncredited)
Tom Swacha
Courtier (uncredited)
Daniel Westwood
Special action soldier (uncredited)
Christian Wolf-La'Moy
Courtier at Christening (uncredited)
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On May 12, 2009, it was revealed that Brad Bird was developing a live-action motion picture based on Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959), retold from the point of view of Maleficent with Angelina Jolie starring as Maleficent. In January 2010, it was rumored that Tim Burton was to direct the film. Reports surfaced online in May 2011 stating that Burton had left the project to focus on his other upcoming projects; Disney began to look for a replacement director, with David Yates being cited as a potential candidate due to his experience with the fantasy genre, having directed the final four Harry Potter films. On January 6, 2012, Disney announced that Robert Stromberg would direct the film.
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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, played young Aurora, and was the only kid who wasn't scared of her.
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This film had the largest budget ever for a first time director, Robert Stromberg, surpassing another Disney film, TRON: Legacy (2010).
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The two kings in this story set in the Middle Ages, which ended in 1453, are often addressed as Majesty. The first monarch addressed as Majesty was Charles I, King of Spain, who was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire as Charles V, and who reigned in the 16th century.
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The opening narration tells of two kingdoms: the human kingdom and the Moors. But it is soon established that the Moors do not have a monarchy. (It's a holdover from an earlier version of the script which included the King & Queen of the Moors as important characters.)
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When Aurora meets the large ent at the end of the movie, she places her hand in his and her fingers sink into his hand.
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Maleficent: I call on those who live in the shadows. Fight with me now!
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Princess Aurora: [after she awakens from her enchanted sleep] Hello, Godmother.
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Prince Phillip: I'm looking for a girl.
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
What happens to Queen Leila?
There is a brief scene in which King Stefan is informed that his wife is dying of an unspecified illness. Stefan simply brushes off the information and focuses mainly on his revenge plot against Maleficent. It is implied that Queen Leila dies off screen.
How is "Maleficent" different from the original "Sleeping Beauty" film?
There are quite a few key differences between the animated Disney film Sleeping Beauty (1959) and the live action adaptation. This version of Maleficent is in no way truly evil. She's simply out for revenge after Stefan betrays her. In fact, the film portrays Maleficent in a much more heroic light. King Stefan is depicted as a sinister, yet unstable tyrant, and serves as the film's main antagonist. In the animated film, he's a humbler, more kindhearted leader. Also, Stefan speaks with a thick Scottish accent as opposed to his English RP in the animated film.Maleficent does not have wings in the original. Rather, she has the ability to magically teleport from one place to another. She also has the ability to transform into a fierce, fire-breathing dragon; in Maleficent, Diaval is the one who turns into a dragon in order to fight off Stefan's men. Diablo, Maleficent's crow companion, is renamed Diaval in the new film, and he can transform into a human, a dragon, or any other being through ways of Maleficent's powers. Maleficent's trademark green skin is replaced with pale white skin in the new film. However, during the scene in which Maleficent casts a spell on Aurora, her skin is illuminated by green flames coming from her hands, temporarily giving her the classic green-skinned appearance.In the original film, Maleficent's staff is a weapon; it's used to deal powerful spells and attacks. In Maleficent, she uses it as a walking stick after Stefan cuts off her wings and leaves her helpless. Maleficent uses her magical powers through her hands rather than through her staff. The three fairies (renamed Thistletwit, Knotgrass, and Flittle) are generally more clownish and comical than their animated counterparts. They're also depicted as dysfunctional guardians who lack the ability to take care of a child; this leads Maleficent and Diaval to take care of baby Aurora themselves. Maleficent's pig-like minions are not present in the new film. Instead, she leads an army of tree-like forest creatures.The climax and ending of Maleficent is completely different from that of Sleeping Beauty. In Sleeping Beauty, Prince Phillip is the one who awakens Aurora by giving her true love's kiss. In Maleficent, he attempts to kiss her, but it doesn't work. Instead, Maleficent is the one who awakens her with a kiss on the forehead; this version of true love's kiss depicts a motherly love rather than a romantic one.
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Photos from cast
Angelina Jolie Juno Temple Elle Fanning Zahara Jolie-Pitt Vivienne Jolie-Pitt Eleanor Worthington-Cox