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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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Danny DeVito

Writers:

Roald Dahl (book), Nicholas Kazan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mara Wilson ... Matilda
Danny DeVito ... Mr. Wormwood / Narrator
Rhea Perlman ... Mrs. Wormwood
Embeth Davidtz ... Miss Honey
Pam Ferris ... Trunchbull
Paul Reubens ... FBI Agent
Tracey Walter ... FBI Agent
Brian Levinson Brian Levinson ... Michael
Jean Speegle Howard ... Miss Phelps
Sara Magdalin Sara Magdalin ... Matilda, 4 Years
R.D. Robb ... Roy
Gregory R. Goliath Gregory R. Goliath ... Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes Fred Parnes ... Waiter
Kiami Davael ... Lavender
Leor Livneh Hackel 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

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Taglines:

A little magic goes a long way. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roald Dahl's Matilda See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

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At one point in the film, Miss Trunchbull eats one of the candies without removing the wrapper. However, this is not technically a mistake because some people do eat their candy with the wrapper still on and that trait about Miss Trunchbull only added to her character. (In the original VHS, there is more than one reference to her eating the candy without removing the wrapper.) See more »

Quotes

Agatha Trunchbull: The distance the shotput goes, depends upon the effort that you PUT INTO IT. PERSPERATION! If you can't handle the little brat, I'LL LOCK HER IN THE CHOKEY!
[she lunges the ball at the door, ultimately puncturing it immensely]
Agatha Trunchbull: Get it?
Jenny: [nods] Yes, ma'am.
Agatha Trunchbull: One day Jen, you'll see that everything I do is for your own good. And for the good of those - PUTRESCENT LITTLE CHILDREN!
[she shoves Jenny out of her office and slams the door after her]
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Send Me On My Way
Written by Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, John Buynak, Jim DiSpirito (as James Dispirito, James DiSpirito), Jim Donovan (as James Donovan), Patrick Norman, and Jenn Wertz
Performed by Rusted Root
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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What a wonderful film - Not Dull for DAHL
27 December 2004 | by seanbone23See all my reviews

"I'm smart your dumb, I'm big your little, I'm right your wrong and there's nothing you can do about it!" What a catchphrase – I could use that on my brother sometime but anyhow this was an influence on Matilda that made her strong and prepared her for her turbulent time ahead at school, especially with a nasty head teacher 'Miss Trunchbull'. Roald Dahl had written this book to show that a small girl like Matilda can show courage and get herself out of a bad situation, once the film had been made, everything I can remember from the book was alive with a sweet girl to a lazy Mum and Dad (played by Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman). I give this film 10/10.


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