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Matilda (1996 film)

Based onMatilda by Roald Dahl
Box office$33.5 million
Budget$36 million
CinematographyStefan Czapsky
CountryUnited States
Directed byDanny DeVito
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Edited byLynzee Klingman, Brent White
LanguageEnglish
Music byDavid Newman
Produced byDanny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Felicity Dahl
Production companyTriStar Pictures Jersey Films
Release dateAugust 2, 1996 ( 1996-08-02 ) (United States)
Running time98 minutes
Screenplay byNicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord
StarringDanny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Mara Wilson
Seattle — Matilda Winehill Block.jpg "Seattle — Matilda Winehill Block.jpg", by Steven Pavlov, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Matilda is a blackly comic, delightfully off-wall picture that both kids and adults will lap up. Titular Matilda is a child genius born into a family of no-hopers, headed by crooked car salesman Pop and a flirtatious, white trash mom. Leave to her own devices from an early age, Matilda is soon digesting entire contents of the local library, discovering latent telekinetic powers and whipping up culinary masterpieces in the kitchen even though she has to stand on a chair to reach work surfaces. Her folks, on the other hand, are less convinced of their daughter's talents and pack her off to Crunchem Hall, nightmarish school headed by sadistic Miss Trunchbull. It's here that Matilda's abilities really come to the fore, her brain power attracting the attention of sickly sweet schoolmarm-with-secret Miss Honey, and her object-flinging tendencies exacting horrible payback on the headmistress from hell. In wrong hands, this could have been an overblown mess, but thankfully there's taut, clever direction at work here, DeVito weaving hilariously twisted set-pieces and scrupulous attention to detail around this fantastical whimsy of a story. In fact, this is exactly how you would expect to jaunt into Dahl's work to look all kitsch chintzy furniture skew overhead camera angle making everybody look enormous of bonce and gaudily-attire, larger than life characters. DeVito and Perlman excel Ferris is menacing hoot, but the real lynchpin here is endearing Wilson, proving after Miracle on 34 Street that she is one of few child actor: who really can deliver goods.

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Plot

Young genius Matilda Wormwood is regularly neglected and mistreated by her parents, Harry and Zinnia, and her older brother, Michael. She is smart, independent and frequently goes to the public library where she finds solace in fictional worlds found in books. When Matilda's parents refuse to enroll her in school, she retaliates against them, first by adding hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent to her father's hair tonic and then by gluing his hat to his head. When Harry rips up the library's copy of Moby-Dick and forces Matilda to watch television instead, Matilda becomes increasingly enraged until television explodes. One of Harry's car dealership customers is Miss Agatha Trunchbull, tyrannical principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School. Harry sells her car in exchange for her admitting Matilda as a pupil. At school, Matilda makes friends but discovers Trunchbull's harsh punishments of students, while Matilda's teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey, takes liking to Matilda due to her intelligence; Honey requests Matilda to move up to a higher class, but Trunchbull refuses. Miss Honey tells the Wormwoods about Matilda's genius-level intellect, but they ignore her while Matilda discovers that her father is under surveillance by undercover FBI agents Bob and Bill because of his illegal dealings. Her parents refuse to believe her as they assume that agents are speedboat salesmen. As a prank, Lavender, one of Matilda's friends, put newt in Trunchbull's water jug to scare her. Trunchbull accuses Matilda, whose anger at injustice leads her to telekinetically tip the glass over, splashing newt onto Trunchbull. However, Matilda is then unable to display her powers to Honey during the test run. Honey remarks that often one's confidence in themselves leads them to prove it to others, only to have them mess up. Honey invites Matilda over to her house for tea and reveals secret: when she was two, her mother died and her father, doctor, invited her wifes stepsister, Miss Trunchbull, to live with them and look after her, but Trunchbull abused her; when Honey was five, her father died of allege suicide and leave everything to Trunchbull. When Matilda and Honey sneak inside Trunchbull's house to obtain some of the latter's belongings, Trunchbull's sudden return prompts the duo to barely escape without getting caught. Matilda trains her telekinetic power by making objects fly around the house and thwarting FBI agents who threaten to put her in an orphanage. Having practiced her ability, she returns to Trunchbull's house in an attempt to scare her away with telekinesis, but Trunchbull discovers Matilda's presence upon finding her hair ribbon. The next day, Matilda reveals her powers to Honey, but Trunchbull visits class to make Matilda confess. Matilda magically writes a message on a blackboard, pretending to be the vengeful soul of Miss Honey's decease father, Magnus, who accuses Trunchbull of murdering him. Trunchbull attacks students, but Matilda keeps them safe and she and other students force her out of school for good, and Honey moves back into her true home.

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Production

Miriam Margolyes confirmed that she auditioned for the role of Agatha Trunchbull during a film interview with Jo Brand for the UK television special Roald Dahl's Revolting Rule Book, which was hosted by Richard E. Grant and aired on September 22 2007. This documentary commemorates Dahl's 90 birthday and also celebrates his impact as children's author in popular culture. Margolyes went on to play Aunt Sponge in James and Giant Peach, which was also released in 1996. Pam Ferris incurred several injuries during production of the film. The climactic scene where she is whacked by blackboard erasers requires her to keep her eyes open, causing chalk dust to get caught in her eyes and necessitating several trips to hospital to get her eyes washed out. The scene where Trunchbull whirls Amanda Thripp by her pigtails requires harness to support the little girl, wires of which were threaded through pigtails and then looped around Ferris's fingertips to give her grip. As she swung her around centrifugal force grow too great and tore the top part of Ferris' finger, requiring 7 or 8 stitches. Crank House, in Altadena, stands in for Miss Trunchbull's House. The exterior of Matilda's House is located on Youngwood Drive in Whittier, while the library she visits is Pasadena Public Library on East Walnut Street in Pasadena. Mara Wilson's mother, Suzie Wilson, was diagnosed with breast cancer during filming and died 4 months before the Films release. The film was dedicated to her memory. Danny DeVito revealed that prior to her death, he had shown her the final recording of the movie so that she was able to see Wilson's performance in the movie.

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Trivia

Mara Wilson's real-life mother Suzie Shapiro Wilson died from breast cancer while the movie was being film. Mara honors her mom by bravely finishing Matilda, which was dedicated to Suzie's memory. However, Shapiro was able to watch the final cut of Matilda before her death. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were married in real life when the movie was being make. Two also take in Mara Wilson and treat her like their own child during the course of filming, acting as second parents to her. In the Making Of segment on DVD, Danny DeVito reveals that for chalk to write by itself, message was first written backwards on the opposite side of the chalkboard, then a magnet was placed on the chalk. Crew members stand behind chalkboard and write words backwards with a device that attracts magnets. Pam Ferris would often stay in character when the director called cut in an attempt to actually scare children on set, so that their fear would be genuine when the camera was rolling. The picture of Miss Honey's father, Magnus, is actually a portrait of Roald Dahl, author of the book of the same name, upon which the film is base. As a child, Miss Honey had a doll named Lissy Doll. One of the producers of the film is author Roald Dahl's widow, Liccy Dahl. Matilda, when describing her love of Charles Dickens to Miss Honey, accidentally mispronounced his name as Darles Chickens. This is a nod to another novel by Roald Dahl, BFG, in which the title character mispronounces Dickens' name in the exact same way. Wormwood, family name, is also a poisonous plant or something bitter, grievous, or extremely unpleasant. Wormwood is also the name of the apprentice devil in CS Lewis's Screwtape Letters. Mariska Hargitay turned down the role of Miss Honey. Credits on the DVD version list Newt as played by Mr. Speaker, Sir Isaac, and Wayne. This is a reference to Newt Gingrich, speaker of the US House Of Representatives; English physicist Sir Isaac Newton, and singer Wayne Newton. One of the lunchboxes reads greetings from Aubury Park, New Jersey, reference to Danny DeVito's hometown. Greetings from Aubury Park, New Jersey is also the name of Bruce Springsteen's first album. Kylie Tyndall and Keaton Tyndall were originally cast as Young Matilda, but had to be replaced at the last minute due to high fevers and flu. The car Harry sold to Trunchbull is a 1970 Buick Electra 225 sedan. Richard Donner was considered to direct the film. The film features no less than three actors from Tim Burton's Batman films: Danny DeVito, who directs and co-stars, plays Penguin in Batman Returns. Paul Reubens, who plays one of the FBI agents hunting Harry Wormwood, also appears in Batman Returns as Penguin's father. Tracey Walter, who plays another FBI agent, played Bob Goon in the original 1989 Batman film.

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Goofs

Continuity mistake: When Matilda makes chalk write message on blackboard, writing changes. Watch Agatha, especially. Handwriting changes and comma changes length, as well as most of the message changing. Also, at the end of the message, Matilda write two long lines under it, which cross over. Yet later, when Miss Trunchbull flies off the globe, you can see there is just one line under the message, not two. Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull walks out of school doors, on Matilda's first day of school, she walks down steps and everyone runs far distance away and crowds of children are fairly scatter and distant. Yet in the next shot of Trunchbull's feet, there's suddenly a large definitive crowd standing much nearer to her. Then as Trunchbull walks down stairs, in overhead shot crowds of children back far away from her, yet in the following shot crowd is back to standing right by stairs.

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