PG | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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.
Near the end of the film, Matilda tells Miss Honey about the speed of a mouse's beating heart. This is a subtle reference to another book by Roald Dahl, The Witches, in which the protagonist and his grandmother have the same discussion.
A book? What do you want a book for?
Matilda: To read.
Harry Wormwood: To read? Why would you want to read when you got the television set sitting right in front of you? There's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster.
After the attack of the chalk dusters Miss Trunchbull falls to the classroom floor. The shadows of the Venetian blinds start to rise before Matilda flicks her head at them.
The opening and closing credits are displayed over various colored backgrounds.
$8,209,000 (USA) (2 August 1996)
$33,084,249 (USA) (29 November 1996)
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