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Sleeping Beauty

G Released Jun 12, 1987 1h 30m Kids & Family Fantasy List
Reviews 51% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings An elf (Kenny Baker) casts a magic spell that grants a queen (Morgan Fairchild) the baby she desires. She names the baby Rosebud and invites all the fairies in the kingdom to offer gifts to the new princess. The Red Fairy (Sylvia Miles), however, isn't invited, and curses the baby princess to sleep for 100 years if she's pricked by a spindle. When Rosebud (Tahnee Welch) grows up, the Red Fairy lures her to an isolated tower to enact her evil plan. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Those Cannon Movie Tales keep coming and this time, Menahem and Yoram were able to lure David Irving back for one more chance to direct, as well as a cast that includes Morgan Fairchild as the queen, David Holliday (the voice of Virgil Tracy on Thunderbirds) as her king and Tahnee Welch as their daughter, Princess Rosebud, who is born through the aid of Kenny Baker, the man who played R2D2, before she's cursed by a Red Fairy played by Sylvia Miles from Midnight Cowboy to remind you this is a Cannon Movie. Yes, because she wasn't invited to the party, she's destined to die from a finger prick while sewing, so the king gets rid of all sewing machines and the people of his kingdom suffer the curse of bad fashion. Perhaps the White Fairy, played by Go-Go Jane Wiedlin, can save them all. Man, Jane Wiedlin! She's also in Clue as the singing telegram girl, a communications officer in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Joan of Arc in the first Bill & Ted movie, alongside Mike Patton and Karen Black in Firecracker and as the voice of returning Scooby-Doo character and Hex Girls drummer Dusk in several cartoons. She also directed her own film, The Pyrex Glitch. Anyways, the White Fairy figures out how to transmute the curse of death into a centuries long sleep for the entire kingdom, which seems like putting the needs of the few or the one ahead of the many in a reverse Spock theorem but there you go. Of course a prince (Nicholas Clay, Lancelot from Excalibur and Oliver from Lady Chatterley's Lover) comes and saves everyone with a kiss. Oh yeah — the master elf is played by Shaike Ophir, who was Kassam in King Solomon's Mines, Father Nicholas in The Delta Force and Lelz in America 3000. This was his last role and he was the first mime ever in Israel. Want some more facts? This was written by Michael Berz, who played Kenny in Cannon's Hot Resort. He also was behind the Cannon Snow White. To save money — Cannon style — this was shot simultaneously with Hansel and Gretel, which sounds like a good idea, but both crews were fighting over the equipment, costumes and sets throughout. Meanwhile, Daryl Hannah's sister Page — she's one of the girls killed by The Raft in Creepshow 2 — was fired after a week of shooting and replaced by Welch. Then all of the fairy costumes got stolen. And then David Irving had just a week to prep for this movie after filming went long on another Cannon Movie Tale, Rumpelstiltskin. That may be why he referred to this film as a nightmare. Of all the Cannon Movie Tales, this might be my favorite. Admittedly, the bar is not high. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review sarah w This is a great movie based on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. the 1987 version is also great in terms of how dark this adaptation is. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the worst musicals I have ever seen. Nobody could really sing well, the plot line was dribble, there were only a few good points that made this movie worth watching at all. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member loved this movie as a child! haven't seen it since then though.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review alec b one of the best cannon movie tales in my oppinion..watched these on encore when i was out sick a few years back :P Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member They should have cut the singing especially those off-key numbers (like Rosebud's songs). The only song I actually liked was the group number about their clothes ripping. Who wrote these songs? Now, the sound effects are fun because they bring me back to childhood. And I love the effects for the Fairy White's wand. Also, I just noticed that the boots that he uses are HUGE. I never saw it before. A classic fairytale that if fate is true, then there was no way to avoid it and they should've kept their spindle and told the young Princess the truth. Oh, it's hilarious that they made the Red Fairy old and everyone else young. My, her evil laugh was long and everywhere. The white Fairy was beautiful and very child-like. Hilarious to see who was in it like Morgan Fairchild (who I'm not a fan of). I'm glad I found this movie on Hulu. I've been wanting to rewatch the Cannon Fairytales for some time. It's a cheesy crappy movie that I laugh at but remember fondly. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An elf (Kenny Baker) casts a magic spell that grants a queen (Morgan Fairchild) the baby she desires. She names the baby Rosebud and invites all the fairies in the kingdom to offer gifts to the new princess. The Red Fairy (Sylvia Miles), however, isn't invited, and curses the baby princess to sleep for 100 years if she's pricked by a spindle. When Rosebud (Tahnee Welch) grows up, the Red Fairy lures her to an isolated tower to enact her evil plan.
Director
David Irving
Production Co
Golan-Globus Productions
Rating
G
Genre
Kids & Family, Fantasy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 12, 1987, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 8, 2017
Runtime
1h 30m
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