Matilda

Matilda

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

     
 

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Based on the book Matilda, 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. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), whoSee more details below

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Based on the book Matilda, 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. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little 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 Matilda's shady father.

Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
UPC:
0043396868625
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

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

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