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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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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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Kids Rule! 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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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

Gross USA:

$33,084,249
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Dolby | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chevy Chase was considered for the role of Harry Wormwood. See more »

Goofs

After the attack of the chalk dusters Miss Trunchbull lay on the classroom floor. We saw the shadows of the Venetian blinds rising. However, on seeing the blinds themselves, the slats closed together from the bottom. The shadows of the open blinds should not have risen as depicted. See more »

Quotes

Agatha Trunchbull: [Talking about the cake] Smells chocolatey, eh? Now, eat it.
Bruce 'Little Brucey: I don't want any, thank you.
Agatha Trunchbull: EAT IT!
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A Quirky and Wonderful Slice of Magic & Youth
28 September 2004 | by RachelAnnPrellwitzSee all my reviews

Hi hi!

Danny DeVito touches on the viewpoint of children - and their imaginations - in this fantasy come to life: MATILDA.

Who of us as children didn't see the world in the powerful images of youthful, innocent eyes? The horrific Agatha Trunchbull, the kindly librarian, Mrs. Phelps? The annoying big brother 'Mikey', or the wondrous, perfect teacher, Miss Honey? Who of us as children didn't see that some things in life were wrong and wanted to put them right - if only we had magic powers!

Life as a child is fantastic and happy and exciting and scary. And in MATILDA we see all elements of childhood shine through by the intentionally ridiculous, over-the-top performances of Danny DeVito (Matilda's Dad), Rhea Perlman (Mom), and Pam Ferris (Ms. Trunchbull, the principal).

And yes, there is a scary element to the movie: The chase in Ms. Trunchbull's house; the "Chokey"; the spooky scene of Matilda taking back "Lizzie Doll" from Ms. Trunchbull while "haunting" her house. But this is the scariness of youth; shown from a safe distance for even the young audience. And despite the scariness - which kids KNOW exists - Matilda and Miss Honey and all their friends are victorious. Danny DeVito has demonstrated a lesson well-learned from the Disney animated films of yesteryear: The more evil the villain, the more noble and victorious the heroine.

To miss seeing MATILDA is to miss a heart-warming, hand-clapping, magical trip back to your childhood fantasies and ideals.


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