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Matilda (1996)

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 / Narrator
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FBI Agent
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FBI Agent
Brian Levinson ...
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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

Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal. Written by Blazer346

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Kids Rule! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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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:

$8,209,000 (USA) (2 August 1996)

Gross:

$33,084,249 (USA) (29 November 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film features no less than three actors from the Tim Burton Batman films: Danny DeVito, who directs and co-stars, played the Penguin, also known as Oswald Cobblepot, in Batman Returns (1992). Paul Reubens, who plays one of the FBI agents hunting Harry Wormwood, also appeared in Batman Returns as the Penguin's father. Tracey Walter, who plays the other FBI agent, played Bob the Goon in the original Batman (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Wormwood takes his kids to the car dealership he states that the junker in the workshop has 120,000 miles on the clock. When they begin turning the dial back the first shot (before they actually adjust it) the odometer (incorrectly referred to as a speedometer) reads around 80,000 miles. See more »

Quotes

Agatha Trunchbull: I have never been able to understand why small children are so disgusting. They're the bane of my life. They're like insects: they should be got rid of as early as possible.
[makes spraying gesture]
Agatha Trunchbull: Psst! My idea of a perfect school is one in which there are no children... at all. Wouldn't you agree, Miss Honey?
[Miss Honey briefly nods yes as she leaves to rescue Matilda from the Chokey]
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Crazy Credits

Newts:
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  • Sir Isaac
  • Wayne
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.150 (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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"A wonderful and partly scary adaption of Roald Dahl's classic novel"
12 September 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I can't say 'Matilda' was one of my favorite Roald Dahl books as a child but the movie adaption isn't that bad.

Matilda is a very bright and intelligent for a girl of her age. She's quite different from her grouchy and ignorant parents. Danny DeVito was good as Matilda's grouchy father, he often plays very grouchy characters. Mrs Trunchbull is as scary as she is in the book. She's worse than mean. She's a deranged and aggressive monster! She's an absolute monster! She hates children and does nothing except bully and intimidate them.

As for Mrs Jennifer Honey she's the exact opposite of Mrs Trunchbull. She's kindest and sweetest teacher you could find. She's like a mother to her school children and tries to protect them, but unfortunately she to is intimidated by Mrs Trunchbull. So when Matilda develops these telekinetic powers, it is up to her to teach Mrs Trunchbull an ultimate lesson.

I really liked the relationship Matilda has with Mrs Honey. It reminds me of the relationships I had with certain teachers at school. So I would say this movie is both frightening and touching at the same time.


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