A small-time talent agent discovers an amazing boxing kangaroo and figures to use it as his stepping-stone into the big time.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Bonnelli
Billy Baker
Uncle Nono
Wild Bill Wildman
Kathleen Smith
Gordon Baum
Pinky Schwab
Tanya Six
Lee Dockerty
Duke Parkhurst
Lenny Montana ...
Hood #1
Frank Avianca ...
Hood #2
Joe De Fish ...
Hood #3
Pat Henry ...
Hood #4


A former English boxing champion, Billy Baker, arrives in America with a kangaroo with an unusual talent for boxing. Needing to support himself, he reluctantly joins up with a small time talent agent featuring the kangaroo, Matilda (who's a male kangaroo despite the feminine name) as a carnival act. But when the world heavyweight boxing champion, Lee Dockerty, offers to take Matilda on at the carnival to impress a girlfriend, and Matilda KO's Dockerty into the middle of next week with a single punch, Billy and his marsupial friend are catapulted into the big time, with Matilda now headlining main boxing events, and soon ready to challenge Dockerty for his championship title. This attracts the notice of a mob boss who wants control of Matilda and his growing fame and fortune, and an activist determined to see Billy and Bernie stopped for promoting cruelty to animals. It will take all of Bernie's wits, Billy's wisdom, and Matilda's punching speed and power to get themselves all through ... Written by looker1010az

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Release Date:

14 December 1978 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Boks nu, Matilda  »

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The film's Matilda (1978) title refers to the name of the movie's central character, an Australian boxing kangaroo called "Matilda", and it is a totally unrelated property to the later children's' film Matilda (1996), which was made and released about eighteen years after this film. See more »


When Bernie confronts Kathleen outside her apartment, one dog (the bloodhound) follows her up the steps when she goes back inside. In the next shot, it is back down at the bottom of the steps with Bernie. See more »


[regarding Bernie taking baby kangaroo 'Junior' to the gym]
Kathleen Smith: Bernie, it's inhuman to do that to a baby kangaroo! It's inhuman!
Bernie Bonnelli: Has anyone ever told you that you're always repeating yourself? This is no ordinary kangaroo... Junior's different. Remember who his father was.
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Waltzing Matilda
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Christina Macpherson
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Real Kangaroos Hurt People
15 September 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is bad, yes, but had the producers used a REAL KANGAROO, it would have killed the actor it was boxing with. I am an Australian and I have seen two seven foot tall male 'Roos fighting each other, it is not a pretty sight as the object is for one or the other to kill it's opponent,(this is there way of securing the herd of females) and there are incidents where someone has boxed a kangaroo, and been injured or killed, so when you see a kangaroo on TV or Film it is likely to be a female, or Animated, as it is a good idea not to injure actors (they might be annoyed at losing the ability to breath). There is a strange idea that Australian animals are cute and cuddly, that is false, many are dangerous (10 of the 12 most deadliest snakes live here)and most are just plain ugly (Koalas are as soft as steal wool). So if you come to Australia BE CAREFULL!!!

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