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Matilda (1996)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  2 August 1996 (USA)
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

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Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes ...
Waiter
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Julius Rottwinkle
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Storyline

A grouchy couple are parents to a very sweet girl, Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother and mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet and extremely intelligent 6 year old girl, who is very keen to go to school and read books. After a while, her parents send her to school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, and good friends. While trying to put up with her parents' and principal's cruelty, she starts to unwittingly unleash telekinetic powers, destroying a television and making a newt fly onto the principal. With enough practice, Matilda starts to learn to control her telekinetic powers and soon using them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school. Written by anonomys

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for elements of exaggeRated meanness and ridicule, and for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roald Dahl's Matilda  »

Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,003,450 (UK) (17 January 1997)

Gross:

£16,461,008 (UK) (11 April 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were married in real life when the movie was being made. See more »

Goofs

While Matilda cooks the pancakes, they look burnt. As they land on the plates (after being cooked), they look fine and light-coloured. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Dirty dealings, like buying stolen car parts, never stay secret for long, especially when the FBI gets involved.
FBI Agent Bob: [into recorder] 9:17, suspect exits domicile.
FBI Agent Bill: I've got 9:18.
FBI Agent Bob: [into recorder] 9:17 is correct.
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Crazy Credits

Newts:
  • Mr. Speaker


  • Sir Isaac


  • Wayne


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Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Send Me On My Way
Written by Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, John Buynak, James Dispirito (as James DiSpirito), Jim Donovan (as James Donovan), Patrick Norman, and Jenn Wertz
Performed by Rusted Root
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Utterly Fantastic
24 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is an absolutely wonderful fantasy. I totally loved it.

The dialog is brilliant. The humor is both bold, and subtle. The characters are archetypal.

Matilda perfectly captures what it is like to be an intelligent person, trapped in the body of a child, and surrounded by idiots who control far too much of your life.

The notion that bad people (even adults) deserve to be punished for their evil ways (even by children) is truly subversive. Any child who suffered through the countless typical abuses of unthinking, uncaring, and ignorant parents will truly love this movie. Those same unthinking, uncaring, and ignorant parents will probably hate this movie, unless they are wise enough to see the truth behind the fantasy.

Despite the difficulties Matilda faces, like all good fantasies this movie has a wonderfully happy ending. I wish the same for all.


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