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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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Cast

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Mr. Wormwood
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Mrs. Wormwood
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Trunchbull
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FBI Agent
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FBI Agent
Brian Levinson ...
Michael
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Miss Phelps
Sara Magdalin ...
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Roy
Gregory R. Goliath ...
Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes ...
Waiter
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Lavender
Leor Livneh Hackel ...
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

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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

The picture of Miss Honey's father, Magnus, is actually a portrait of Roald Dahl, the author of the book "Matilda," upon which the film is based. See more »

Goofs

It is stated that Miss Trunchbull competed in the Olympics in shot put, javelin, and hammer throw. According to her jersey those were the 1972 Olympics. The hammer throw wasn't added as an Olympic event for women until the year 2000. See more »

Quotes

Agatha Trunchbull: You filthy ahh, crush the little weasel!
Agatha Trunchbull: [On the phone] Wormwood! You useless, used-car-salesman scum! I want you around here now with another car! Yes, I know what caveat emptor means, you low life liar! I'm gonna sue you. I'm gonna burn down your showroom! I'm gonna take that no-good jalopy you sold me and shove it up your bazooga! When I'm finished with you, you're gonna look like roadkill!
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are displayed over various colored backgrounds. See more »

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Featured in The Nostalgia Critic: A Simple Wish (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Bitty Pretty One
Written by Bobby Day (as Robert Byrd)
Performed by Thurston Harris
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

Enjoyable film!
1 April 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Matilda is a good film for all ages to enjoy. Embeth Davidtz plays a very good friend to Matilda, Danny Devito was wonderful as the father who didn't care about his daughter, Rhea Perlman was good as the mother who also couldn't care about Matilda, Pam Ferris was brilliant as the scary head teacher and Brian Levinson played a small role but proved a lot. It's about a girl called Matilda who's parents couldn't care less about her and then she realizes she has magical powers. She has lots of adventures with her powers with her teacher and her friends. If you haven't seen it then you simply must!


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