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- Mara Wilson
- Danny DeVito
- Rhea Perlman
- Embeth Davidtz
- Pam Ferris
- Paul Reubens
- Tracey Walter
- Brian Levinson
- Jean Speegle Howard
- Sara Magdalin
Did You Know?
- One of the lunchboxes reads, "Greeting from Asbury Park, New Jersey", a reference to Danny DeVito's hometown. "Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey" is also the name of Bruce Springsteen's first album.
- While Matilda cooks the pancakes, they look burnt. As they land on the plates (after being cooked), they look fine and light-coloured.
- Narrator: Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse.
- [Harry takes his first look at Matilda, grunts, and leaves]
- Narrator: Most parents believe their children are the most beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet. Others take a less emotional approach.
- [Harry and Zinnia are leaving the hospital with the baby]
- Harry Wormwood: What a waste of time!
- Zinnia Wormwood: And painful!
- Harry Wormwood: And expensive, $9.25 for a bar of soap?
- Zinnia Wormwood: Well I had to take a shower, Harry!
- Harry Wormwood: $5,000? I'm not paying it. What're they going to do, repossess the kid?
Atom User Reviews
Matilda is fresh and spirited, and while the edge on it keeps the film interesting, DeVito manages to tilt it expertly from darkness to light. [02 Aug 1996, p.E4]
Matilda doesn't condescend to children, it doesn’t sentimentalize, and as a result it feels heartfelt and sincere. It's funny, too.
A sprightly fairy tale full of darkness and delight from seemingly unlikely movie collaborators: author Roald Dahl and director-star Danny DeVito.