Matilda Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Matilda the Movie

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3.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Intelligent child Matilda Wormwood (Wilson) is oppressed by both her monstrous parents (DeVito and Perlman) and awful school principal, Trunchbull (Ferris). However, her first grade teacher, appropriately named Miss Honey (Davidtz), believes in her, which is enough to make Matilda plot an appropriate fate for the miserable people in her life. Excellent adaptation of a typically subversive book by Roald Dahl. Director DeVito, who wanted to create the illusion of a live-action cartoon, built among other things a "Carrot-cam" to capture the flying food of a food fight.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 93 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Dedicated Teachers, Childhood Visions, Supernatural Comedies, Gifted Children, School Daze, Parenthood, Books to Film: Roald Dahl, Elementary School/Junior High
Robin Swicord, Nicholas Kazan
Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Paul (Pee-wee Herman) Reubens, Tracey Walter
Stefan Czapsky
Danny DeVito
David Newman
Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Michael Peyser, Martin Bregman, Tri-Star Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics

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