Synopsis: Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal.
Director(s): Danny DeVito
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

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 good

at making Jell-O salad.

But every human being is unique,

for better or for worse.

Most parents think their children

are the most beautiful things alive.

- Others are less emotional.

- What a waste of time.

- $9.25 for a bar of soap!

- I had to take a shower.

$5,000! I'm not paying it!

They can't repossess the kid!

- There's no way out.

- Make a U-turn.


Harry and Zinnia Wormwood

lived in a very nice neighborhood.

But they were not nice people.

Get out of the street, you dodos!

The Wormwoods were so busy,

they forgot they had a daughter.

If they had paid her any attention,

they'd have seen she was special.

Oh, my gosh! Matilda!

Now look what you did!

You're supposed to eat the spinach!


You're better off raising tomatoes!

At two, Matilda had already

learned how to take care of herself.

As time went by,

she developed a sense of style.

Every morning,

Matilda's brother went to school.

Her father went to work.

selling used cars for unfair prices.

- Her mother took off to play Bingo.

- Soup's on the stove...

Matilda was left alone.

That was how she liked it.

At four. she had read

every magazine in the house.

One night, she asked her father for

something she desperately wanted.

- A book? Why do you want a book?

- To read.

Why would you want to read,

when the television is right there?

- You get more out of watching TV.

- Get out of the way.

Matilda already knew

she was different from her family.

She saw that whatever she needed.

she'd have to get herself.

There's fish fingers

in the microwave.

There's fish fingers

in the microwave.

The next morning,

Matilda set off in search of a book.

- Where are the children's books?

- In that room.

- Would you like me to pick out one?

- No, thank you. I can manage.

From then on, every day,

Matilda walked to the library.

She devoured one book after another.

When she finished all the children's

books. she searched for others.

Mrs. Phelps, who had been

watching her with fascination, -

- offered Matilda some information.

You can have your own library card,

and take books home.

- You can take as many as you like.

- That would be wonderful.

Matilda's strong mind continued

to grow, nurtured by the authors -

- who had sent their books out into

the world, like ships onto the sea.

The books gave Matilda a comforting

You are not alone.

Did any packages come today?

- Where did all this come from?

- The library.

- The library? You're only four!

- 6...

Then you'd be in school already.

I was supposed to start school

in September. You wouldn't listen.

Get up.

Give me that book!

- How old is Matilda?

- Four.

- I'm 6... I was six in August.

- You're a liar.

- I want to go to school.

- Who'd sign for the packages?

We can't leave valuable packages

on the doorstep. Go watch TV.

- There's something wrong with her.

- Tell me about it.

Hey, dipface! Have a marshmallow.

Have another!


Matilda longed for a friend,

like the kind people in her books.

It occurred to her that

talking dragons and princesses -

- might exist only in story books.

But she was about to discover she

had a strength she didn't know of.

But she was about to discover she

had a strength she didn't know of.

I'm great! I'm incredible!

Michael, pencil and paper.

- Did we sell some cars today?

- Did we!

- Can I get that new TV?

- Yeah!

It's time you learned the family

business. Write this down.

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Nicholas Kazan

Nicholas Kazan (born September 15, 1945) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. more…

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