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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matilda
... Mr. Wormwood / Narrator
... Mrs. Wormwood
... Miss Honey
... Trunchbull
... FBI Agent
... FBI Agent
Brian Levinson ... Michael
... Miss Phelps
Sara Magdalin ... Matilda, 4 Years
... Roy
Gregory R. Goliath ... Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes ... Waiter
... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world. See more »

Genres:

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Newborn Matilda was played by two sets of twins, one set of girls, one set of boys. See more »

Goofs

In the assembly hall when Bruce Bogtrotter is walking up to the front of the room Lavender turns to Matilda to say "He lives on my block," Matilda says something in return but there is no sound. See more »

Quotes

Matilda: We'll wait until she's gone, then we'll go get your doll.
Jenny: What?
Matilda: Just kidding.
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Crazy Credits

Newts:
  • Mr. Speaker
  • Sir Isaac
  • Wayne
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Connections

Features The FBI Story (1959) 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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Hooray for bookworms!
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie, which celebrates Matilda's love for books and learning as opposed the greed, anti-intellectualism, and consumerism of her parents. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are terrific as Matilda's awful parents. And the character of the school principal is also terrific in a terrible, larger than life way. I don't remember the name of the actress, but she did a terrific job. I think the film really captures the feel of Roald Dahl's book, and contains some of the same kind of dark, wacky elements of some his other books that have been made into films, e.g., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


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