• Beauty and the Beast (1963)

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Release Date: 1963

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 19 min

Plot Summary
Lady Althea (Joyce Taylor) travels to the castle of Duke Eduardo (Mark Damon), where the two of them are to be married. But the handsome Eduardo has a horrible secret: A sorcerer's curse transforms him into a terrifying, wolf-like beast every night. When Eduardo's scheming cousin, Prince Bruno (Michael Pate), learns of this secret, he tries to seize the throne by turning the townspeople against the beast. Only the love of Lady Althea can save the duke and break the power of the curse.

Cast: Joyce Taylor, Mark Damon, Eduard Franz, Michael Pate, Merry Anders, Dayton Lummis, Walter Burke, Charles Wagenheim

Director: Edward L. Cahn

Genres: Family, Fantasy

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Beautifully remastered and containing Cocteau's long-unseen special prologue and credits -- is as much a feat of feverish delight as it was in the dark days of Vichy and WWII. show more

  • Cocteau, a poet and surrealist, was not making a "children's film" but was adapting a classic French tale that he felt had a special message after the suffering of World War II: Anyone who has an unhappy childhood may grow up to be a Beast. show more

  • The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers. show more

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