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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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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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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Hoskins, Tim Allen, Joe Pesci, John Goodman, Robert De Niro and Bill Murray were considered for the role of Harry Wormwood. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Wormwood is telling Mikey and Matilda to turn the miles back on the car, he tells them to watch the speedometer. The odometer tracks the miles, not the speedometer. See more »

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Agatha Trunchbull: I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.
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Crazy Credits

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

Featured in The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl (2016) 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 wonderful and partly scary adaption of Roald Dahl's classic novel"
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I can't say 'Matilda' was one of my favorite Roald Dahl books as a child but the movie adaption isn't that bad.

Matilda is a very bright and intelligent for a girl of her age. She's quite different from her grouchy and ignorant parents. Danny DeVito was good as Matilda's grouchy father, he often plays very grouchy characters. Mrs Trunchbull is as scary as she is in the book. She's worse than mean. She's a deranged and aggressive monster! She's an absolute monster! She hates children and does nothing except bully and intimidate them.

As for Mrs Jennifer Honey she's the exact opposite of Mrs Trunchbull. She's kindest and sweetest teacher you could find. She's like a mother to her school children and tries to protect them, but unfortunately she to is intimidated by Mrs Trunchbull. So when Matilda develops these telekinetic powers, it is up to her to teach Mrs Trunchbull an ultimate lesson.

I really liked the relationship Matilda has with Mrs Honey. It reminds me of the relationships I had with certain teachers at school. So I would say this movie is both frightening and touching at the same time.


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