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Matilda (1978)

A small-time talent agent discovers an amazing boxing kangaroo and figures to use it as his stepping-stone into the big time.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Timothy Galfas, Paul Gallico (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Bernie Bonnelli
Clive Revill ... Billy Baker
Harry Guardino ... Uncle Nono
Roy Clark ... Wild Bill Wildman
Karen Carlson ... Kathleen Smith
Art Metrano ... Gordon Baum
Lionel Stander ... Pinky Schwab
Roberta Collins ... Tanya Six
Larry Pennell ... Lee Dockerty
Gary Morgan ... Matilda
Robert Mitchum ... Duke Parkhurst
Lenny Montana ... Hood #1
Frank Avianca Frank Avianca ... Hood #2
Joe De Fish Joe De Fish ... Hood #3
Pat Henry Pat Henry ... Hood #4
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Storyline

A former English boxing champion, Billy Baker, arrives in America with a kangaroo with an unusual talent for boxing. Needing to support himself, he reluctantly joins up with a small time talent agent featuring the kangaroo, Matilda (who's a male kangaroo despite the feminine name) as a carnival act. But when the world heavyweight boxing champion, Lee Dockerty, offers to take Matilda on at the carnival to impress a girlfriend, and Matilda KO's Dockerty into the middle of next week with a single punch, Billy and his marsupial friend are catapulted into the big time, with Matilda now headlining main boxing events, and soon ready to challenge Dockerty for his championship title. This attracts the notice of a mob boss who wants control of Matilda and his growing fame and fortune, and an activist determined to see Billy and Bernie stopped for promoting cruelty to animals. It will take all of Bernie's wits, Billy's wisdom, and Matilda's punching speed and power to get themselves all through ... Written by looker1010az

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Taglines:

The Knockout Comedy Of The Year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Family | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1978 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Boks nu, Matilda See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Producer Al Ruddy once said of this movie: "We debated over using both a real kangaroo and an actor in costume and opted for the latter as cross-cutting proved too jarring for the viewer. However the costume was a $30,000 investment that paid off as it not only allowed freedom of movement, but we were able to program it with transistors to allow us to direct the actor's tiniest gesture". See more »

Goofs

When Bernie confronts Kathleen outside her apartment, one dog (the bloodhound) follows her up the steps when she goes back inside. In the next shot, it is back down at the bottom of the steps with Bernie. See more »

Quotes

[regarding Bernie taking baby kangaroo 'Junior' to the gym]
Kathleen Smith: Bernie, it's inhuman to do that to a baby kangaroo! It's inhuman!
Bernie Bonnelli: Has anyone ever told you that you're always repeating yourself? This is no ordinary kangaroo... Junior's different. Remember who his father was.
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Soundtracks

WHEN I'M WITH YOU, I'M FEELIN' GOOD
Music by Carol Connors
Lyrics by Ernie Shelton
Sung by Pat Boone & Debby Boone
Record Produced by Mike Curb
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Baaad
8 July 2018 | by hannahma57See all my reviews

I haven't seen it, but it was reviewed in the Gold Turkey Awards as abominably bad, mostly due to the outrageously bogus kangaroo suit with a stunt man inside it. One movie house employee recalled that for one showing nobody showed up. "I mean, we didn't sell one ticket," he repeated. "The theatre was completely empty. They had to run it for the ushers and the popcorn girls."


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