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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

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Kids Rule! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for elements of exaggeRated meanness and ridicule, and for some mild language | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Richard Donner and Robert Zemeckis were considered to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

On Matilda's first day of school, when the Trunchbull comes outside, Matilda runs to hide in a gap in the walls where she meets Lavender and Hortensia. After she has finished talking to them and the Trunchbull says "fresh meat", Matilda is standing in her original position in the schoolyard so the Trunchbull brushes her aside. She would not have had time to move to that position. See more »

Quotes

Matilda: Why don't you run away?
Jenny: I've often thought about it, but... I can't abandon my children. And if I couldn't teach, I'd have nothing at all.
Matilda: You're very brave, Miss Honey.
Jenny: Not as brave as you.
Matilda: I thought grown-ups weren't afraid of anything.
Jenny: Quite the contrary. All grown-ups get scared, just like children.
Matilda: I wonder what Miss Trunchbull is afraid of.
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The opening and closing credits are displayed over various colored backgrounds. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Supergirl: Fort Rozz (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Best Roald Dahl adaptation
31 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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