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Sleeping Beauty (1987)

Feature-length, live-action musical version of the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault.


David Irving


Michael Berz (screenplay), Charles Perrault (fairy tale)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tahnee Welch ... Rosebud
Kenny Baker ... Elf
Morgan Fairchild ... Queen
David Holliday David Holliday ... King
Nicholas Clay ... Prince
Sylvia Miles ... Red Fairy
Shaike Ophir ... Master Elf (as Shai K. Ophir)
Jane Wiedlin ... White Fairy
Orna Porat ... Nana
Julian Chagrin ... Advisor
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira ... 1st Counsellor (as Yankele Ben Sira)
Danny Segev Danny Segev ... 2nd Counsellor
Igor Borisov Igor Borisov ... Cook
Joseph Bee Joseph Bee ... 3rd Counsellor
Jonny Phillips ... Count (as Johnny Phillips)


An elf gives a queen a magic spell for the baby she always wanted. But an evil curse is placed over her daughter, Rosebud, which results in the king demanding that all the spindles in the kingdom be destroyed. As Rosebud grows into a naive yet pretty young woman, she wonders why no one in the kingdom ever has new cloth. She convinces her parents to go on a journey to a neighboring kingdom, not knowing what awaits her as soon as the king and queen are gone. Written by Max Vaughn

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12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

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A soundtrack recording was issued by Kid Stuff Records & Tapes in the form of a read-along audio book. See more »


When the white fairy lands on the castle steps after flying into Rosebud's christening, the wire attached to Jane Wiedlin can be seen. See more »


White Fairy: Wait! I have not given my gift yet. The wicked curse can't be undone, but the evil it does to *everyone* can be lessened now. Dear Queen and King, for I still have my gift to bring. She'll prick her finger on a spindle - but sleep, not death, this *all* it will kindle. And she will sleep 100 years, so by my gift your evil clears. She will awaken from sleepy bliss, when a true prince finds and wakes her with a kiss.
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Dare Me
Performed by Linda Lopresti
Music by Michael Berz and Yehoshua Ben Yehoshua (uncredited)
Lyrics by Michael Berz and Dovis Miller (uncredited)
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Turns out it was never about the sled
4 October 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Cannon Movie Tales tackles Sleeping Beauty, with Raquel Welch's daughter Tahnee in the title role. I think this might be her biggest part outside of the Cocoon movies, where all she had to do was look good. That's saying something since she doesn't show up in this until about the halfway point. Before that, it's all set up with her parents and elves and fairies and singing. Directed by David Irving (brother of Amy), the rest of the cast includes Morgan Fairchild as Sleeping Beauty...err, Rosebud's mother the Queen, David Holliday as the King, Jane Wiedlin and Sylvia Miles as good and bad fairies respectively, Kenny Baker and Shaike Ophir as elves, and Nicholas Clay as the Prince who awakens her with a kiss. Yes, Sleeping Beauty's name is not Aurora here but Rosebud. I prefer that since it allows me to view the ending to Citizen Kane in a whole new light.

For the most part, I enjoyed this. It's not perfect, of course, and it doesn't compare to the animated Disney classic. It's not even the best of the Cannon Movie Tales series. But thankfully it's also not the worst. As with the others, the biggest issue (besides the low budget that means we have cheap sets and costumes and special effects) is that they take a short story and stretch it to the breaking point. The best part of the movie are the really cheesy songs, many of which are (unintentionally?) funny. The song about ripped pants (I kid you not) had me rolling. The cast does a fine job. Most of them are playing it up like they are in a kids movie. It's not very good but it's worth a look for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the corny songs.

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