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Matilda (1996)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Brian Levinson ...
Miss Phelps
Sara Magdalin ...
Matilda, 4 Years
Gregory R. Goliath ...
Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes ...
Leor Livneh Hackel ...
Julius Rottwinkle


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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Comedy | Family | 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


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,209,000, 4 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,084,249, 1 December 1996
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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Murray was considered to play Harry Wormwood. See more »


During the scene, Trunchbull is getting attacked by Matilda's powers (as Magnus' ghost), at the moment that the kids are throwing her food, and coming out of the classroom, an angle shows the broken door of the classroom, showing in the window a blue screen. See more »


Agatha Trunchbull: I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.
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Crazy Credits

  • Mr. Speaker
  • Sir Isaac
  • Wayne
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Spoofs Kenny & Company (1976) See more »


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

the best "family movie" i've ever seen!
4 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

personally, i hate nauseatingly cute family movies, but this movie is great! I went to see it in the theatre because i had read the book, but i thought that it wouldn't even come close to it. But you know what? I enjoyed this movie more than the novel! I thought it wouldn't be faithful to the book and that it would have turned out to be one of those typical kids' movies, but there's nothing "cute" about mrs. Trunchbull! This has got to be one of my favorite films ever and it IS the best childrens' movie ever made. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who has his heart in the right place!

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