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Cast: Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz


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Based on the book Mathilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Mathilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent young girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who


Based on the book Mathilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Mathilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent young girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Mathilda's shady father.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Erstwhile Taxi tyrant turned filmmaker Danny DeVito is a good choice to bring Roald Dahl's book to the screen. They seem to be kindred spirits, with similar sensibilities for dark comedy built around those moments in life when horrible and unexplainable things happen. Matilda, for instance, has the bad luck to be born to the neglectful Wormwoods -- DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman -- who discourage her love of books. Then, she is sent to a Dickensian school run by the monstrous Miss Trunchbill (Pam Ferris). But Matilda (the adorable Mara Wilson) turns tragedy to triumph with the help of the compassionate teacher Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz) and her own special telekinetic gifts. Matilda is rated PG for "exaggerated meanness and ridicule." This includes harrowing scenes of the verbally abusive Trunchbull shot-putting children out the window. But this just makes Matilda's Carrie-esque revenge all the sweeter. What makes the DVD Special Edition such a delight are the kid-friendly bonus features: among them, Wilson's own video diary of life on a movie set, an amusing "Guide to Good Manners" comprising scenes from the film, and a welcome segment extolling the virtues of the public library. Behind-the-scenes segments reveal the secrets of stunts and special effects, but as DeVito advises, watch the movie first. Lemony Snickett has nothing on Dahl when it comes to plucky children triumphing over unfortunate events. Devotees of the Dahl canon will appreciate DeVito's fidelity to the author's macabre vision.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The mordant vision of author Roald Dahl's world probably appealed to the director of War of the Roses and Hoffa, for it permeates this witty, eccentric, dark-toned children's film for adults. Matilda (Mara Wilson), an unusually bright six-year-old whose reading fare runs to Moby Dick and For Whom the Bell Tolls, is saddled with a pair of comically selfish and obtuse parents (Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman) whom she has to persuade to allow her to go to school. But her teacher, the child-hating Miss Trunchbull Pam Ferris, proves no more enlightened than her parents. This hilariously exaggerated, Lewis Carroll-like version of the world is probably not too far from what many children may feel on a bad day. De Vito and Perlman camp it up outrageously and Ferris gives a terrific performance as a cartoonish villain. Cinematographer Stefan Czapsky shoots from a number of strange angles, making this perhaps the first expressionist film for children.

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Sony Pictures
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[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Mara's Movie About Making Matilda; Matilda's Movie Magic; A Children's Guide to Good Manners; Escape to the Library!; Matilda read-along; Classroom games - the Spelling Bee and the Math Game; A Truly Terrible Test!; Make Magic With Matilda!; Terrify the Trunchbull!; The Matilda character gallery; Get Rid of Mrs. Trunchbull! - trivia game; Bonus trailers; Animated menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mara Wilson Matilda Wormwood
Danny DeVito Mr. Wormwood
Rhea Perlman Mrs. Wormwood
Embeth Davidtz Miss Honey
Pam Ferris Agatha Trunchbull
Paul Reubens Bob, FBI Agent
Kiami Davael Lavender
Kira Spencer Hesser Hortensia
Jean Speegle Howard Miss Phelps
Brian Levinson Michael
Jon Lovitz Million $ Sticky Host
Tracey Walter Bill, FBI Agent

Technical Credits
Danny DeVito Director,Producer
Sharon Alshams Set Decoration/Design
Martin Bregman Executive Producer
Bill Brzeski Production Designer
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Liccy Dahl Producer
Cara Giallanza Asst. Director
Nicholas Kazan Screenwriter
David Kelson Sound Mixer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Joshua Levinson Associate Producer
Philip Too Lin Art Director
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Neskormomny Set Decoration/Design
David Newman Score Composer,Songwriter
Michael Peyser Executive Producer
Renee Rousselot Casting
David Rubin Casting
Jane Ruhm Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Stacey Sher Producer
Michael Siegel Producer
Robin Swicord Screenwriter
Chris Watts Special Effects Supervisor
Brent White Editor
Roald Dahl Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. A Rather Extraordinary Child
3. "Send Me on My Way"
4. In Search of a Book
5. Her First Practical Advice
6. Hair Tonic
7. Wormwood Motors
8. Cafe Le Ritz
9. The Million Dollar Sticky
10. Crunchem Hall
11. Amanda Thripp
12. Miss Honey
13. Miss Honey Pays a Visit
14. Bruce Bogtrotter
15. The Newt
16. Miss Honey's Story
17. Afraid of Black Cats
18. "Let's Go Get Your Doll."
19. The Chase
20. "Little Bitty Pretty One"
21. Lissy Doll
22. Terrifying Miss Trunchbull
23. No More Miss Nice Girl
24. "A Child Was in My House!"
25. Haunted Chalkboard
26. Trunchbull Goes for a Spin
27. Pelting the Trunchbull
28. Adopting Matilda


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Matilda 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
CarrieSue More than 1 year ago
"Matilda" is a great movie that has much to say about how valuable each individual is, how the weak can triumph against the odds, and just how great it is to be alive. But don't buy this DVD, because for some odd reason it is only available in a Pan & Scan format. The original film was widescreen, 2.35:1 and is beautiful to look at. On this DVD, you lose 40% of the visuals, lopped right off the sides of the screen. You can't see all the characters the director intended, and the entire mood of the scene is often changed as a result. Labeling this DVD a "special edition" is such a shame, because we're losing so much. We need to lobby for an "extra special edition in the film's original widescreen format so we can see what we're missing.
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Modern Fairy Tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matilda is a awesome movie about a girl with special power. This was and always will be my favorite kids movie. You have to watch this. Its amazing. Also read the book. Love this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is perfect for kids, along with the family kids will love this movie. I promise you they will enjoy every minute of this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie and definitely recommend it. I watched with this with my family along with Magic in the Water. Its the story of a bright girl and her weird family. Don't get me started on (shivers) the intimidating Ms. Trunchbull (i hope i spelled her name right, again I haven't this one in a while either). Matilda discovers that she has powers and befriends her teacher the pretty Ms. Honey. A scene that I couldn't believe and was speechless was the assembly and of course the chocolate cake incident oh and especially the way the principal pulled at the girl's braids and swung her in the air. I couldn't believe the girl didn't like scream after her hair was being pulled like that. I must say that the ending was sweet and I'm an avid reader myself. That room with the spikes behind the door was just creepy. Still a favorite among my collection of movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a bad weekend in January, and was starting to feel depressed, especially when it was snowing. Then TBS aired Matilda one evening, I watched it, and I felt good again. I hadn't seen the movie in 2 years, but I loved when I first saw it. Mara Wilson is a good role-model for kids growing up (I hope her next movie is great, because I haven't seen her in anything new lately), Danny DeVito is hilarious (in fact, he was hysterical in everything he ever appeared in) and the special effects for Matilda's powers are cool. Wouldn't we all want powers like hers?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched this movie more times than i can count! I wish I had the magic that Matilda does!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a bright little girl name Matilda and her dysfunctional family. We then meet the infamous but memorable Miss Trunchbull, the Principal of the school. Soon Matilda begins to learn she has powers. Love the ending. After seeing the movie again, it brings back nostalgic memories. To this day it's still a great film. You got to admit some of the scenes were not only weird but a little out there. But we love the movie anyway. Definitely see this and give the book a read.
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i think the movie was great just like the book and i also think it was partially funny with all the tricks matilda did on her parents and mrs trunchbull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this movie on a cable with commericals. My energenic son sat down and watched the whole thing with commercials. He was so mad when the commericals came on! I had to explain to him what commercials were. Since then he has been asking me to put it on, so now I am on line and have to order him the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never seen the movie. But, i'm reading the book and its good!
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This is an exciting, suspensful movie full of wisdom, fun, and correct points. It's a movie both children, and adults can enjoy.