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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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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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America Loves a Winner! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Family | Sport

Certificate:

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This American movie about an Australian boxing kangaroo was made about twenty five years before the US-Australian co-production Kangaroo Jack (2003) which was also about an Australian boxing kangaroo. As such, Kangaroo Jack (2003) premiered in 25th Anniversary year of Matilda (1978). 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

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Christina Macpherson
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One of the last at Radio City.
14 November 2008 | by national_bouton-1See all my reviews

I was fortunate as a 12-year old to see this film at Radio City Music Hall, as one of the last regular engagements before the Music Hall converted to a concert hall. I don't remember much about the film and won't try and defend it, but it was exciting to see it in the context of a Radio City presentation, complete with Rockettes and organ and all!

It's a shame that there haven't been more films shown on that great and grand screen. I don't know why films like TITANIC and THE DARK KNIGHT and WALL-E wouldn't have worked a treat there for short runs at the start of their lives.

It is a blessing that the theatre is intact and still gloriously vibrant and active. What a joy to experience, even peripherally, the thrill that our parents and grandparents felt when going to the movies.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color
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