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Matilda -- 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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Roald Dahl (book)
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Release Date:
2 August 1996 (USA) See more »
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A little magic goes a long way. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Best Roald Dahl adaptation See more (149 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mara Wilson ... Matilda

Danny DeVito ... Mr. Wormwood

Rhea Perlman ... Mrs. Wormwood

Embeth Davidtz ... Miss Honey

Pam Ferris ... Trunchbull

Paul Reubens ... FBI Agent

Tracey Walter ... FBI Agent
Brian Levinson ... Michael

Jean Speegle Howard ... Miss Phelps
Sara Magdalin ... Matilda, 4 Years

R.D. Robb ... Roy
Gregory R. Goliath ... Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes ... Waiter

Kiami Davael ... Lavender
Leor Livneh Hackel ... Julius Rottwinkle

Jacqueline Steiger ... Amanda Thripp
Jimmy Karz ... Bruce Bogtrotter
Michael Valentine ... Nigel Hicks
Liam Kearns ... Charles
Mark Watson ... Magnus

Kira Spencer Hesser ... Hortensia
J.C. Alexander ... Nearby Boy
Malone Brinton ... Older Boy
Marion Dugan ... Cookie
Joshua Alvarez ... Child at Assembly
Max E. Blum ... Child at Assembly
Erin M. Gray ... Child at Assembly
Misty L. Oppenheim ... Child at Assembly
Christopher Shepard Hughes ... Child at Assembly
Rachel Snow ... Liza
Craig Lamar Traylor ... Child in Classroom
Jennifer Key ... Child in Classroom
Marty Bautista ... Child in Classroom
Anthony Hernandez ... Child in Classroom
Raina Cease ... Child in Classroom

Jonathan Osser ... Child in Classroom (as Jonathan Cease)
Vinnie Buffolino ... Child in Classroom
Marcella Sassano ... Child in Classroom
Johnny Thomas III ... Child in Classroom
Shannon Hughes ... Child in Classroom

Christel Khalil ... Child in Classroom
Cassie Colaw ... Child in Classroom

Austin Stout ... Child in Classroom
Cindy Tran ... Child in Classroom
Jonathan Feyer ... Child in Classroom
Alyssa Graham ... Matilda - Newborn
Amanda Graham ... Matilda - Newborn
Trevor Gallagher ... Matilda - Newborn
James Gallagher ... Matilda - Newborn
Kayla Fredericks ... Matilda - 9 Months
Kelsey Fredericks ... Matilda - 9 Months

Amanda Fein ... Matilda - Toddler

Caitlin Fein ... Matilda - Toddler
Nicholas Cox ... Michael - 6 Years
Amanda Summers ... Miss Honey - 2 Years
Kristyn Summers ... Miss Honey - 2 Years
Phoebe Pearl ... Miss Honey - 5 Years
Kathy Barbour ... Female Sticky Contestant #1 (as Kathy Lynn Barbour)

Donna Spangler ... Million $ Sticky Showgirl

Marianne Curan ... Female Sticky Contestant #2
Penny Holland ... Female Sticky Contestant #3
Richard E. Coe ... Male Sticky Contestant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sabrina Bryan ... Girl (uncredited)

Trevor Coppola ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Simon Jones ... Shellhammer (uncredited)

Jon Lovitz ... Million $ Sticky Host (uncredited)

Christopher Villar ... Child at Assembly (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny DeVito 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Roald Dahl (book)

Nicholas Kazan (screenplay) &
Robin Swicord (screenplay)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... executive producer
Liccy Dahl .... producer
Danny DeVito .... producer
Nicholas Kazan .... co-producer
Joshua Levinson .... associate producer
Michael Peyser .... executive producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
Stacey Sher .... producer
Robin Swicord .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
David Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Stefan Czapsky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Brent White 
 
Casting by
Renee Rousselot  (as Renée Rousselot)
David Rubin 
 
Production Design by
Bill Brzeski 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Toolin 
 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Polito  (as Jennifer Polito-Gaulke)
 
Costume Design by
Jane Ruhm 
 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Julie Hewett .... additional makeup artist
Lucia Mace .... hair stylist
Ve Neill .... key makeup artist
Joan Phillips .... additional hair stylist (as Jo An Phillips)
Kim Santantonio .... additional hair stylist
Yolanda Toussieng .... key hair stylist
Brian Penikas .... gelatin prosthetics (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael Peyser .... unit production manager
Jeremiah Samuels .... production supervisor
Lisa Yesko .... post-production supervisor
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cara Giallanza .... first assistant director
Jackie C. Lee .... dga trainee (as Jackie Lee)
Marge Piane .... second assistant director
Michael Risoli .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sharon E. Alshams .... set designer (as Sharon Alshams)
Jenny Baum .... key set dresser
Bonnie Bennetts .... lead person
Conny Boettger .... art department coordinator
Chuck Eskridge .... stand-by painter (as Chuck Eskridge Jr.)
Emily Ferry .... property master
Brett Gollin .... assistant property master
Otniel Gonzalez .... assistant property master
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator (as Walton Hadfield)
Dick Hansen .... set dresser
Bart C. Hubenthal .... swing gang (as Bart Hubenthal)
Richard W. Jones .... greens stand-by (as Richard Jones)
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
Harold Michelson .... art department visual consultant
David Needham .... swing gang
Andrew Neskoromny .... set designer (as Andrew Neskormomny)
Jay Pelissier .... assistant art director
Joy Taylor .... assistant property master
James F. Walker .... construction foreman
Jason Weil .... assistant art director
Dena Allen .... buyer (uncredited)
Fred Apolito .... propmaker (uncredited)
Carlo Basail .... greensman (uncredited)
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Randy L. Childs .... propmaker (uncredited)
Steven Fidler .... propmaker (uncredited)
Bob Skemp .... greensman (uncredited)
Jeffrey Thomas .... stand-by greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lois A. Bellucci .... assistant sound editor (as Lola Hoover)
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Benjamin Cheah .... assistant sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Costanza)
Kim Drummond .... assistant sound editor (as Kim Haves)
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Lola Hoover .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... boom operator (as Jeffrey Humphreys)
David Kelson .... sound mixer
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Vanessa Lapato .... assistant sound editor
Blake Leyh .... sound effects recordist
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Bobby Mackston .... supervising sound editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Kathy McCart .... sound recordist
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly McCord)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Gary Ritchie .... sound recordist
Scott Sherline .... cable person
Stuart Stanley .... foley editor
Renee Tondelli .... supervising adr editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Cody Dorkin .... adr (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ariana Aguilar .... coordinator: Cinesite
Donald Elliott .... special effects
Cory Faucher .... special effects
Louie Lantieri .... special effects
Michael Lantieri .... special effects supervisor
Matt McDonnell .... special effects (as Matthew McDonnell)
Dan Ossello .... special effects (as Daniel B. Ossello)
Tom Pahk .... special effects (as Thomas Pahk)
Tom Tokunaga .... special effects (as Tom Tokunga)
 
Visual Effects by
Travis Baumann .... paint artist (roto artist)
Yau Chen .... senior technical animator: Metrolight Studios
John Follmer .... supervising producer: MetroLight Studios
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC (as Dave Fuhrer)
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Metrolight Studios/Pacific Title Digital
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects consultant (as Micheal J. McAlister)
Bill Neil .... visual effects cinematography
Lori J. Nelson .... visual effects producer
Aisling O'Brien .... digital effects producer: CFC
Sean O'Connor .... compositor: Cinesite
Dobbie Schiff .... visual effects executive producer: MetroLight Studios
Nelson Sepulveda .... compositor: Cinesite
Wayne A. Shepherd .... digital compositor (as Wayne Shepherd)
Janek Sirrs .... digital supervisor: CFC
Kendrick Wallace .... line producer: Metrolight Studios
Barry Watkins .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Chris Watts .... visual effects supervisor
Jerry Weil .... senior technical animator: Metrolight Studios
Janet Yale .... digital effects producer: CFC
Richard Brooks Burton .... gyrosphere technician: blue screen unit (uncredited)
Robert Chapin .... visual effects (uncredited)
Daniele Colajacomo .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
David Cornelius .... motion control programmer (uncredited)
Fish Essenfeld .... digital artist (uncredited)
James W. Kristoff .... executive in charge of production: MetroLight Studios (uncredited)
John Lafauce .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Lingenfelser .... digital artist (uncredited)
Mark Alan Loso .... compositor (uncredited)
Cristin Pescosolido .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Anne Putnam .... visual effects producer: post production (uncredited)
Rebecca Ruether .... computer graphics animator (uncredited)
Samrod Shenassa .... technical assistant: MetroLight Studios (uncredited)
 
Stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
John Cassidy .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunts (as Dana Evenson)
Rusty Hanson .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunts (as Ken Luttrell)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunt coordinator
Deep Roy .... stunts
Robin Tracey Sherwood .... stunts (as Robin Sherwood)
Dianne L. Wilson .... stunts (as Dianne Wilson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Huston Beaumont .... rigging best boy grip
Philippe Carr-Forster .... camera operator (as Phil Carr-Forster)
John F. Cassidy .... key grip (as John Cassidy)
John Cucura .... rigging best boy electric
Kenny Davis .... dolly grip
Deena DeNaro .... second assistant camera
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Steve Givens .... best boy electric (as Steven Givens)
Ian Kelly .... video engineer
Bob Leitelt .... key rigging grip (as Robert Leitelt)
John Pierce .... rigging gaffer (as John Peirce)
Joe-Joe Presson .... best boy grip (as Joe Presson)
Lydia Smith .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator
Mark Streapy .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator (as Rick Tiedemann)
Eric Tramp .... first assistant camera
John Vecchio .... chief lighting technician
Michael Alexonis .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Kelem .... gyrosphere camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Smith .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Marcy Brown .... atmosphere casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Chris Lowden .... casting assistant
Stacey Rosen .... casting associate
Brent Scarpo .... extras casting
Jason James .... local casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucinda Campbell .... key costumer
Donna M. Marcione .... costume supervisor (as Donna Marcione)
Patricia McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Patricia McLauglin .... costume supervisor (as Patricia McLauglin)
Nadine M. Reale .... set costumer (as Nadine Reale)
Lori Stilson .... set costumer
Karen Hare .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mellissa Bretherton .... first assistant editor (as Melissa Bretherton)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Michael Hofacre .... first assistant editor
Martin Lazzarini .... post-production assistant
Margaret Liu .... first assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Polly Walter .... assistant editor
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music recordist
Robert Fernandez .... music recordist
J.J. George .... music editor
Alexander Janko .... orchestrator (as Xandy Janko)
Krystyna Newman .... scoring consultant
Mark Ryan .... assistant music editor (as Mark W. Ryan)
Tom Villano .... supervising music editor
J.J. Holiday .... musician (uncredited)
David Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Rick Chouinard .... transportation co-captain
David Jernigan .... transportation captain
James C. Taylor .... transportation coordinator (as James Talyor)
Kelly Aldrich .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Abdy .... assistant: Danny DeVito
Todd J. Adelman .... medic (as Dr. Todd Adelman)
Gregory Alpert .... assistant location manager
David M. Bernstein .... production assistant (as David Bernstein)
Barbara Casner .... assistant production office coordinator
Batou Chandler .... production assistant
Annmarie Christiansen .... stand-in
Joan Donnelly .... stand-in
Loren Elkins .... production assistant
J.J. Erlichman .... production assistant
Gary Romolo Fiorelli .... production assistant
Marty Frasu .... synthesizer programmer (as Martin Frasu)
Mark Freedman .... production assistant
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Ellen Gessert .... assistant location manager
Amanda Gill .... assistant location manager
Bill Green .... trainer: Pam Ferris
Rachel Epstein Greenwald .... children's coach
Victoria Gregory .... assistant production accountant
Gabriela Gutentag .... unit publicist
Debra Heesch .... stand-in
Jeff Kamin .... production assistant
Tony Kerum .... caterer
Marcel Lundberg .... production assistant
Karin McElhatton .... animal wrangler (as Karen McElhatton)
Denise Morgan McGrath .... production accountant
Phill Norman .... title consultant
Brian Rosenberg .... assistant: Danny DeVito
Stan Rosenfield .... public relations
Debbie Schwab .... production office coordinator (as Deborah Schwab)
Fred Scialla .... stand-in
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager (as Ned Shapiro)
Kendally Shimer .... stand-in
Sandy Shimooka .... assistant to production supervisor (as Sandra Shimooka)
Shari Stagliano Maier .... stand-in
Bill Turchyn .... craft service
Peter Ward .... assistant: Michael Peyser
Richard Wicklund .... studio teacher
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Barbara Bass .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Mike Bodkin .... intern (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Christian Clarke .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Darren Melton .... stand in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... special thanks
Suzie Wilson .... dedicatee
Remus Yazoo .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Roald Dahl's Matilda" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for elements of exaggeRated meanness and ridicule, and for some mild language
Runtime:
98 min | USA:102 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: The position of the lid on the chocolate box changes between shots (after it is replaced in a hurry as Trunchbull enters the house).See more »
Quotes:
Written by Trunchbull on the blackboard:If you are having fun, you are not learning.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Send Me On My WaySee more »

FAQ

Is Matilda based on a book?
So, did the cake REALLY contain the cook's sweat and blood?
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Best Roald Dahl adaptation, 31 May 2005
Author: J_Leatherwood from United States

I believe this film best represents the themes behind Roald Dahl's rather subversive children's literature. It follows the continuity of both "The Witches" and "James and the Giant Peach," casting repulsive Trunchbull into the roles of Grand High Witch and repulsive evil aunt, with a bit of the ogre (especially during the chase in Magnus House).

It's also pretty obvious that J.K. Rowling had read Roald Dahl long before she wrote the first of her Harry Potter books. I find it very odd how few people have noted Roald Dahl's literary influence on the spate of children's fantasy authors today. All the elements for Harry are here, in Matilda, right down to her unpleasant 'Muggle' family -- the Wormwoods -- and a brutish, Dudley-like brother.

And for the record, Mara Wilson does a good job!

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