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Matilda (1996)

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This film adaptation of a Roald Dahl work tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother.

Director:

Danny DeVito

Writers:

Roald Dahl (book), Nicholas Kazan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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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 »

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Trivia

This was Danny DeVito's first experience with filming in the Super 35 format on a movie that he directed. See more »

Goofs

When Harry is gluing the bumper back on the car, in the first shot he smears the glue on. But in the next the glue is perfectly even. See more »

Quotes

Trunchbull: [on the phone, yells] Wormwood! You useless, used-car-salesman scum! I want you around here now with another car! Yes, I know what caveat emptor means, you lowlife liar! I'm gonna sue you, I'm gonna burn down your shop! I'm gonna take that no-good jalopy you sold me and shove it up your bazooka! When I'm finished with you, you're gonna look like roadkill! You what? Oh, y -
[she notices that the chocolate box lid is opened and hangs up]
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are displayed over various colored backgrounds. See more »

Alternate Versions

Freeform and TBS airings strangely have the 1993 TriStar Pictures logo replaced by the 1984 TriStar Pictures logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) 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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a great family movie we are missing these days ?
16 September 2018 | by fanan450See all my reviews

I am 33 years old while I am writing these words, and I must admit I am fully enjoyed watching this movie despite this movie was made for kids and despite my age as I referred in the beginning. every thing was perfect . the simple wonderful story , the great acting specially from MARA , that was amazing , that's a kind of movies we are missing these days . my advice to all go watch this , you will not regret.

7/10


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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:

$8,208,609, 4 August 1996

Gross USA:

$33,459,416

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,459,416
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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