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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.

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 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

During her teenage years, Mara Wilson was diagnosed with severe OCD and anxiety. She discovered this while reading a book called Kissing Doorknobs, noting the similarities between herself and the lead character. Years later, she found out that the book was written by the mother of her co-star - Kira Spencer Hesser, who played Hortensia. See more »

Goofs

During the attack of the chalk dusters Miss Trunchbull fell to the classroom floor. Two chalk dusters was seen falling with her. One of them travelled towards her head yet both were by her legs in subsequent views. See more »

Quotes

Trunchbull: You wanted cake, you got cake! Now EAT IT!
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Crazy Credits

Newts:
  • Mr. Speaker
  • Sir Isaac
  • Wayne
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Alternate Versions

On Freeform telecasts, when confronting Matilda about the newt, Miss Trunchbull refers to her as a "pin-worm" as opposed to a "piss-worm". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Star's Bigger Star: Episode #1.4 (2018) 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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One of our favorite family movies
4 June 2004 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

My daughters (ranging from age 9-16) have loved this movie for several years. I am normally a very sensitive person and wasn't disturbed by the macabre tone of the movie. Somehow the movie remains upbeat as Matilda is able to find someone who will love her even though her parents don't appreciate her. Young Mara Wilson shines as Matilda. Each time I watch this I am amazed at her talents at such a young age. I haven't heard of her making any films lately...I hope this is by her own choice.

In addition, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Pam Ferris, and Embeth Davidtz all were wonderful in their roles as Matilda's parents, principal and teacher, respectively. I have read the book, and yes, it is different as far as the setting goes, but in my opinion, they've kept the main ideas quite intact. Movies are almost never the same as books, because by definition they can't be. We have enjoyed watching this as a family for at least 5 years now and will continue to. I just wish they'd release a special edition DVD with COMMENTARY. I'd love to hear from Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman about the making of this someday classic movie. At least it is in my family. My criterion for a classic? We are constantly quoting its script to each other.

UPDATE: They DID release a special edition. It does have some fine extras, but I have to wonder why in the world didn't they offer a widescreen edition? That is a big disappointment.


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Country:

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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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Dolby | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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