Beauty and the Beast (1987 film)

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Beauty and the Beast
Directed byEugene Marner
Produced byYoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written byJeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (novel)
Carole Lucia Satrina (screenplay)
Based onBeauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
StarringJohn Savage
Rebecca De Mornay
Yossi Graber
Michael Schneider
Carmela Marner
Music byLori McKelvey
CinematographyAvraham Karpick
Edited byTova Asher
Golan-Globus Productions
Distributed byThe Cannon Group
Release date
April 1987
West Germany:
30 September 1990
Running time
94 minutes

Beauty and the Beast (alternatively: Cannon Movie Tales: Beauty and the Beast in United States, Die Schöne und das Biest in West Germany, La Bella e la Bestia in Italy, La Belle et la Bête in France) is a 1987 American/Israeli musical film, part of the 1980 film series Cannon Movie Tales. It is a contemporary version of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. The movie was filmed entirely in Israel, and the taglines were: "The monster they feared was the prince she loved" and "The classic fairy tale about seeing with your heart".


A wealthy merchant lives an affluent life with his two sons, Oliver and Frederick, and three daughters, Bettina, Isabella and Beauty. Beauty, the youngest daughter, is the caretaker of her family; without her, none of the family can look after themselves, and she is constantly taking care of her siblings. Despite this, Beauty is not frustrated, but she wonders what she would do with her life if she did not devote it to her family.

After the merchant loses his wealth in a storm at sea, the family must renounce their luxurious life and move to the countryside, with Beauty once again taking charge. After a time, the family hear that their wealth may be returned, for a ship has made it to port. To celebrate, the father promises his children gifts of luxury, but Beauty merely wants a rose. The merchant realises it was a lost cause, for he is still as poor as he was when he left, and returns. He stops off at a beautiful castle where an unseen host treats him to good food and a warm bed. However, the old man plucks a rose from the garden, and the host demands that Beauty come live with him as punishment. Beauty moves to the castle, and is alone for the first time in her life. Therefore, she realises what she wants to do with her life, and realises that the Beast is not a complete monster.

When Beauty's father takes her to the castle the Beast gives him two chest of gold and horses to carry it as compensation for giving up his daughter. It seems that while in the castle anything she wants magically appears. The beast has magical powers and grants all her wishes. The only time they see each other is at diner. He holds a rose and each night asked "Do you love me? Will you marry me" she always replies "No". Ever night she dreams of a prince which she loves (Despite only a dream) She is shocked when she finds paintings of this dream prince in Beast's castle.

Over time she is happy at the castle but ask the Beast if she can visit her family. She misses them. He allows her and say be back in one month or I will die. Also time flows differently. In the castle it's been about a week. To the outside world it's been a year. While with her family them learn how to care for themselves instead of Beauty having to take care of them. She thinks about Beast and has to return against her family urging to stay.

Upon returning to the castle she finds Beast dying for her lateness. She cries and mourns begging Beast to not die. That's when she realizes how much she cares for him. So he asks again "Will you marry me" she finally says "Yes". That breaks the curse and Beast heals. He also turns into the prince she been dreaming about. He tells her about the curse. All his former subjects reappear along with her family who can now visit her whenever they want. She is also now a princess.



  • "Without Us"
Music and Lyrics by Lori McKelvey
Performed by Rebecca De Mornay, Carmela Marner, Ruth Harlap, Jack Messinger and Nick Curtis
  • "This Life Is For Me"
Music and Lyrics by Lori McKelvey
Performed by George Little
  • "If You See With Your Heart"
Music and Lyrics by Lori McKelvey
Performed by Rebecca De Mornay' and 'John Savage'
  • "Wish For The Moon"
Music and Lyrics by Lori McKelvey
Performed by Rebecca De Mornay and John Savage


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