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Matilda (1996)

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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Miss Phelps
Sara Magdalin ...
Matilda, 4 Years
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Roy
Gregory R. Goliath ...
Luther (as Goliath Gregory)
Fred Parnes ...
Waiter
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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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Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world. 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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Craig Lamar Taylor. He went on later to play Malcolm's wheel-chair bound, slow talking, best friend on the television series Malcolm in the Middle. He plays the little boy who catches the newt which falls off of the light fixture - after The Tunchbull's "dance" caused by Matilda using her powers to tip the glass from which Trunchbull drinks. See more »

Goofs

When Zinnia is colouring her hair, you can see that there's no hair dye in the bottle. See more »

Quotes

[after listing prices of cars bought and sold]
Harry Wormwood: What was my profit for the day?
Mikey: Could you repeat the last one?
Matilda: [interrupting] $10,265.
[long pause]
Matilda: Check it if you don't believe me.
Harry Wormwood: [he, Zinnia, and Mikey glance at the paper, then at Matilda] You're a little cheat, you saw the paper.
Matilda: From all the way over here?
Harry Wormwood: [suspicious] Are you being smart with me? If you're being smart with me, young lady, you're going to be punished.
Matilda: Punished for being smart?
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Crazy Credits

Newts:
  • Mr. Speaker
  • Sir Isaac
  • Wayne
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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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Hooray for bookworms!
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie, which celebrates Matilda's love for books and learning as opposed the greed, anti-intellectualism, and consumerism of her parents. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are terrific as Matilda's awful parents. And the character of the school principal is also terrific in a terrible, larger than life way. I don't remember the name of the actress, but she did a terrific job. I think the film really captures the feel of Roald Dahl's book, and contains some of the same kind of dark, wacky elements of some his other books that have been made into films, e.g., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


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