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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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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

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A little magic goes a long way. See more »

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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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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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Trivia

Mariska Hargitay turned down the role of Miss Honey. See more »

Goofs

The shadows of the children in the school yard change size and direction in shots during Miss Trunchbull's first appearance. In one shot, there are no shadows at all, as the children are all in shade. See more »

Quotes

Matilda: No more Miss Nice Girl!
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Soundtracks

Little Bitty Pretty One
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Performed by Thurston Harris
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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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