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Matilda 玛蒂尔达 (USA,1996)

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Matilda 玛蒂尔达 (USA,1996) 又名: 小魔女

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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.


A grouchy couple are parents to a very sweet girl, Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother and mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet and extremely intelligent 6 year old girl, who is very keen to go to school and read books. After a while, her parents send her to school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, and good friends. While trying to put up with her parents' and principal's cruelty, she starts to unwittingly unleash telekinetic powers, destroying a television and making a newt fly onto the principal. With enough practice, Matilda starts to learn to control her telekinetic powers and soon using them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school.
(from IMDB,  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117008/ )

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It stars  Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris.
(from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_(1996_film) )


Matilda received critical acclaim at the time of its release. On Rotten Tomatoes it holds a "fresh" rating of 90%.[1] In the United States, the film was a box-office bomb, earning $33 million in contrast to its $36 million budget.[2] It fared better during its worldwide release and ended up earning back nearly double its original budget. The film has continued to be a cult classic since its release.

Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely intelligent girl with a bright personality from an early age, but her spiteful and ignorant parents, Harry (Danny DeVito) and Zinnia (Rhea Perlman) and her older brother, Michael (Brian Levinson), ignore and even mistreat her. When Matilda reaches four, she discovers the local library and walks there every day to read while her family is out, much to the amusement of the librarian, Mrs. Phelps (Jean Speegle Howard), who then provides Matilda with a library card.
By the age of six, Matilda begins to lose patience with her parents. In retaliation for her father belittling her, she mixes his hair tonic with her mother's hair dye. Harry later takes his family to his workshop, where he reveals that the cars he sells are actually faulty and irresponsibly managed. Matilda accuses him openly, he belittles her again and Matilda retaliates against her father again by putting super-glue on his hat which he struggles to get off, forcing Zinnia to cut it off. Harry then belittles Matilda again for reading while her family is watching television. As Harry tries to force her to watch with them, Matilda grows very angry and the television suddenly explodes.
One of Harry's clients, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), is the sadistic headmistress of a run-down school, Crunchem Hall. Harry enrolls Matilda in the school, where she befriends several children, but at the same time, learns, especially from Lavender Brown (Kiami Davael) and Hortensia (Kira Spencer Hesser), of Miss Trunchbull's nature and her particularly harsh punishments towards the students, such as a dreaded "Chokey", throwing students out of windows and forcing a boy who unknowingly stole her slice of chocolate cake to eat a whole chocolate cake in front of the entire student body to make him sick (though he manages to finish the cake without getting sick). Fortunately, Matilda's teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey (Embeth Davidtz), is a kind and lovely woman who adores her pupils and takes an immediate liking to Matilda for her intellect. Miss Honey speaks with Miss Trunchbull and requests that Matilda be moved up to a higher class. Miss Honey pays Matilda's parents a visit and requests that they pay more attention to their daughter, but they refuse to listen, effectively leaving Miss Honey as the only person who actually pays attention to Matilda. Meanwhile, Matilda discovers that she and her family are under FBI surveillance, because of her father's shady dealings, and purchasing of stolen goods and car parts, but her parents refuse to believe her, the FBI agents having already fooled them into thinking they are speedboat salesmen.
Sometime later, Miss Trunchbull goes to Matilda's class for a weekly "check-up" and starts to belittle the students. As a prank, Lavender places a newt in Miss Trunchbull's water jug to frighten her. Miss Trunchbull, however, accuses Matilda, and Matilda's rage at the injustice leads to her telekinetically tipping the glass over and splashing the water and the newt onto Miss Trunchbull, frightening her. Feeling sympathy for Matilda, Miss Honey invites her to her house for tea. On the way, they pass Miss Trunchbull's house, and Miss Honey reveals her secret to Matilda: when she was two years old, her mother died, so her father, a doctor, invited his wife’s stepsister, Miss Trunchbull, to live with them and look after Miss Honey while her father was at work. However, Miss Trunchbull mistreated and abused her niece at every opportunity. When Miss Honey was five, her father died of an apparent suicide and in his will, he left all of his assets to Miss Trunchbull, leaving his daughter with nothing. Miss Honey eventually moved out of her aunt’s house into a nearby cottage she rented from a local farmer. Matilda and Miss Honey briefly sneak into Miss Trunchbull's house when she is out, but her unexpected return leads to a cat-and-mouse chase in which Matilda and Miss Honey barely flee unseen.
When Matilda's telekinetic powers manifest again during when Zinnia and Harry argue, to which Matilda slams the door in Harry's face, Matilda trains herself to use her ability at her own will, and her first act involves sabotaging the FBI agents' vehicle during their attempt to search the Wormwood's garage without a warrant. That night, Matilda returns to Miss Trunchbull's house, and from outside, wreaks havoc in an attempt to scare Miss Trunchbull away. Miss Trunchbull almost flees in terror, but she finds Matilda's ribbon in the process and realizes she was actually there. The next day, Miss Trunchbull visits Matilda's class again to get Matilda to admit her guilt, but as she begins belittling the children again, Matilda uses her powers to write a message on the blackboard, posing as the ghost of Miss Honey's father accusing Miss Trunchbull of murdering him and ordering her to leave town. Miss Trunchbull is driven insane by the terror and attacks the students, but Matilda keeps them out of harm's way with her powers and the students then force Miss Trunchbull out of the school by pelting her with food and garbage until she leaves. Miss Honey's father's true will is discovered by the police, which named Miss Honey as the sole beneficiary of her father's assets, and Miss Honey moves back into her home, with Matilda visiting frequently.
Sometime later, however, the FBI finally uncovers enough evidence to prosecute Harry, and they prepare to flee to Guam. They stop by Miss Honey's house to take Matilda with them, but she refuses to accompany them, claiming she wants to stay with Miss Honey, who admits that she has come to see Matilda as the daughter she never had. In that moment, Harry and Zinnia then state that Matilda was the only daughter they had ever had and never understood, but they decide to let Miss Honey adopt her by signing the adoption papers, this time on good terms with her. Harry, Zinnia and Michael escape, while Matilda lives a happy life with Miss Honey.

Quotes from Matilda
From Wikiquote, http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Matilda_(film)

Agatha Trunchbull  
·         I am here to teach you all a lesson! [pushes one table] Sometimes in life, horrible and unexplainable things happen. [pushes another table] These things are a test of character. [pushes one more table] And I have character.
·         WHO'S IN MY HOUSE!?!
·         [While chasing Matilda around her house, Trunchbull vaults over a railing to drop to the ground floor] TALLYHO!
·         Some rats are going to die today!
·         [Trunchbull destroys a statue with a hammer throw. Silent pause, Miss Trunchbull screams in anger, then walks away] RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!! NYARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!
·         I have never been able to understand why small children are so disgusting. They're the bane of my life. They're like insects: they should be got rid of as early as possible. [mimics spraying a pesticide] My idea of a perfect school is one in which there are no children at all.
·         [Calling Harry Wormwood after the car he sold her breaks down] WORMWOOD!!! You useless used-car salesman scum! I want you around here now, with another car! Yes, I know what "caveat emptor" means, you lowlife liar! I'm going to sue you, I'm going to burn down your showroom, I'm going to take that no-good jalopy you sold me and shove it up your bazooga! When I'm finished with you, you're going to look like roadkill! [slight pause] You what?!
·         I'll be watching you, each and every one. When you turn the corner, when you go to your little cubbies to get your smelly little coats, when you skip merrily to lunch, I'll be watching you. All of you. And especially you! [points at Matilda]
·         Your Mommy is a Twit!
·         Listen to me Jen! [picks up ball] The distance the shot put goes, depends upon the effort you put into it! PERSPIRATION! If you can’t handle the little brat, I’ll lock her in the Chokey!! EEERRRAAAGH!! [throws shotput at the Chokey] Get it?
·         [Eats a chocolate] Much too good for children!
·         [Bruce Bogtrotter burps loudly and kids laugh] Shut up! The entire assembly will stay until 5 hours after school and copy from the dictionary! Any children who object will go straight into the chokey together!!
·         I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.
·         Why are all these women married?! Mrs. D? Mrs. I? You're supposed to be teaching them spelling, not poetry!
·         I will be teaching your class today.
·         You will be put away into a place where not even the crows can land their droppings on you!
·         You couldn't spell "difficulty" if your life depended on it.
Dialogue[First lines]
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 and special, for better or for worse. Most parents believe their children are the most beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet. Others take a "less emotional" approach.
[Cut to Harry and Zinnia Wormwood about to take a newborn Matilda home from the hospital, with Harry complaining about a hospital bill]
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 are they going to do, repossess the kid?

Narrator: Harry and Zinnia Wormwood lived in a very nice neighborhood, in a very nice house. But they were not really very nice people.

Narrator: By the time she was four, Matilda had read every magazine in the house. One night she got up her courage, and asked her father for something she desperately wanted.
Harry Wormwood: A book? What do you want a book for?
Matilda Wormwood: 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.

Harry Wormwood: Any packages come today?
Matilda Wormwood: [shakes her head] Mm-mm.
Harry Wormwood: [noticing her books] Where did all this come from?
Matilda Wormwood: The library.
Harry Wormwood: The library? You've never set foot in a library; you're only four years old.
Matilda Wormwood: Six-and-a-half.
Harry Wormwood: You're four!
Matilda Wormwood: Six-and-a-half!
Harry Wormwood: If you were six-and-a-half, you'd be in school already!
Matilda Wormwood: I want to be in school. I told you I was supposed to start school in September. You wouldn't listen.
Harry Wormwood: Get up. Get up. Get out of here. And give me that book.
[He throws the book aside, and leads Matilda to where Zinnia is]
Harry Wormwood: Dearest pie, how old is Matilda?
Zinnia Wormwood: Four.
Matilda Wormwood: I'm six-and-a-half, Mommy.
Zinnia Wormwood: Five, then.
Matilda Wormwood: I was six in August.
Harry Wormwood: You're a liar.
Matilda Wormwood: I want to go to school.
Harry Wormwood: School? It's out of the question. Who would be here to sign for the packages? We can't leave valuable packages sitting out on the doorstep. Now go watch TV like a good kid.
[Matilda leaves]
Zinnia Wormwood: You know, sometimes I think there's something wrong with that girl.
Harry Wormwood: Hmph, tell me about it.

[Harry comes home after another successful day of selling inherently faulty used cars and ripping off the buyers]
Harry Wormwood: I'm great! I'm incredible! Michael, pencil and paper, in the kitchen.
Zinnia Wormwood: Did we sell some cars today?
Harry Wormwood: [grins] Did we!
Zinnia Wormwood: Does that mean we can get that new TV?
Harry Wormwood: Yeah. [to Mike] Son, one day you're going to have to earn your own living. It's time you learned the family business. Sit down. Write this down. All right. The first car your brilliant father sold cost $320. I sold it for $1,158. The second one cost $512. I sold it for $2,269.
Mike Wormwood: Wait, Dad. You're going too fast!
Harry Wormwood: Just write. The third cost $68. I sold it for $999. And the fourth cost $1,100. I sold it for 7,839 big American boffos!
Zinnia Wormwood: Oh, Harry! [kisses him]
Harry Wormwood: What was my total profit for the day?
Mike Wormwood: Could you repeat the last one?
Matilda Wormwood: [interrupting] $10,265. [long pause] Check it if you don't believe me.
[Harry, Zinnia, and Mike all check the paper, and find it to be correct]
Harry Wormwood: You're a little cheat, you saw the paper.
Matilda Wormwood: From all the way over here?
Harry Wormwood: [pause] Are you being smart with me? If you're being smart with me, young lady, you're going to be punished.
Matilda Wormwood: Punished for being smart?
Harry Wormwood: For being a smart aleck! When a person is bad, that person has to be taught a lesson.
Matilda Wormwood: "Person"?
Harry Wormwood: Get up, get up. [takes her to her room]
Narrator: Harry Wormwood had, unintentionally, given his daughter the first practical advice she could use. He had meant to say, "When a child is bad." Instead he said, "When a person is bad." And thereby introduced a revolutionary idea that children could punish their parents. Only when they deserved it, of course.

[Matilda sneaks into her parents room and swaps Harry's hair oil for peroxide as punishment for rebuffing her]
Harry Wormwood: Michael, come into my room.
Mike Wormwood: What?
Harry Wormwood: My boy, today's the day I take you to the shop. What do you say?
Mike Wormwood: I don't know. What do you say, Dad?
Harry Wormwood: I say appearance is 9/10 of the law. People don't buy a car, they buy me - which is why personally I take such pride in my appearance. Well-oiled hair, clean shave, snappy suit. Now get ready for a big day of learning, kid. Ha! It's going to be a big day of learning, too. There's a sucker born every minute, and we're gonna take them for all they got!
[Harry sprinkles hair oil on his hair, unaware that it is actually peroxide]

[At breakfast]
Harry Wormwood: Okay, my boy, heir to the throne! Today, we diddle the customer! [Michael is shocked to see his father's unexpected blonde hair] What's wrong with you? What are you looking at? Lovekins, where's my breakfast?
Zinnia Wormwood: Here we are, my heartstrings-- [screams as she is surprised to see her husband's blonde hair and scatters the cereal she was carrying] Snickerdoodle! What did you do to your hair?
Harry Wormwood: My hair? [goes to the mirror and sees his hair is blonde; he shrieks in shock and faints while Matilda is holding in her laughter]

Narrator: Dirty dealings, like buying stolen car parts, never stay secret for long. Especially when the FBI gets involved.
FBI Agent Bob: [into recorder] 9:17, suspect exits domicile.
FBI Agent Bill: I've got 9:18.
FBI Agent Bob: [into recorder] 9:17 is correct.

[Harry fills a car's engine with sawdust]
Harry Wormwood: The sawdust quiets the gears, and lets the motor run as sweet as a nut - for a couple of miles! [snickers]
Matilda Wormwood: Daddy, that's cheating.
Harry Wormwood: Of course it's cheating. Nobody ever got rich being honest.

[As Harry demonstrates his corrupt used car selling business to Mikey]
Matilda Wormwood: Daddy, you're a crook.
Harry Wormwood: What?
Matilda Wormwood: This is illegal.
Harry Wormwood: Do you make money? Do you have a job?
Matilda Wormwood: No, but don't people need good cars? Can't you sell good cars, Dad?
Harry Wormwood: Listen, you little wise acre. I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong. And there's nothing you can do about it.

[After Matilda uses "Super Super Glue" to very sturdily glue her father's hat to his head; Zinnia is in the process of removing it]
Harry Wormwood: [rants at no one in particular] I will not be a figure of ridicule! I want respect and I want it now!
Zinnia Wormwood: I still don't see why you glued your hat on, Harry. I know you say you didn't, but you obviously did.
Harry Wormwood: I did not glue my hat to my head! The hat shrunk, the fibers fused to my hair!
Zinnia Wormwood: Baby, wait a minute. I'm getting it off now. [the hat finally comes off, with small pieces still stuck to Harry's head] Oh my God! [snickers as Harry, nonplussed, looks in a mirror]
Harry Wormwood: From now on, everyone in this house does what I say, when exactly when I say it!
Zinnia Wormwood: [quietly gives him the hat] Here's your hat, Harry.
Harry Wormwood: [tosses it aside] And right now, we are eating dinner and watching TV.

[Matilda reads during dinner; her father approaches her in irritation]
Matilda Wormwood: [in a small voice] Hi, Dad.
Harry Wormwood: Are you in this family? [silence] Hello? Are you in this family? [turns out her lamp] Dinner time is family time! What is this trash you're reading?
Matilda Wormwood: It's not trash, Daddy. It's lovely. It's Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Harry Wormwood: "Moby what?!" [snatches the book and tears it apart] This is filth!
Matilda Wormwood: It's not mine! It's a library book!
Harry Wormwood: Trash! I'm fed up with all this reading! You're a Wormwood, it's time you start acting like one! Now sit up and look at the TV.

[After Matilda, through will-power, somehow makes the television explode]
Matilda: I didn't do it.
Harry Wormwood: Of course you didn't do it, you little twit.
Zinnia Wormwood: Told you that was a cheap set.
Harry Wormwood: It wasn't a cheap set, it was a stolen set!
Narrator: Was it magic or coincidence? She didn't know. It is said that we humans use only a tiny portion of our brains. Matilda may have never discovered her own strength of mind, were it not for the events that began the very next day.

[The Trunchbull visits Wormwood's dealer]
Agatha Trunchbull: I need a car, inexpensive but reliable. Can you service me?
Harry Wormwood: In a manner of speaking, yes. Uh, welcome to Wormwood Motors. Harry Wormwood, owner, founder, whatever.
Agatha Trunchbull: Agatha Trunchbull, principal, Crunchem Hall Elementary School.
Harry Wormwood: Huh?
Agatha Trunchbull: I warn you, sir: I want a tight car, because I run a tight ship.
Harry Wormwood: [slightly nervous] Oh, yeah, huh? Well, uh--
Agatha Trunchbull: My school is a model of discipline. "Use the rod, beat the child!" That's my motto.
Harry Wormwood: Terrific motto.
Agatha Trunchbull: You have brats yourself?
Harry Wormwood: Yeah, I got a boy, Mikey, and one mistake, Matilda.
Agatha Trunchbull: They're all mistakes, children. Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one.
Harry Wormwood: Since you're an educator, I'll make you a deal.
Agatha Trunchbull: You'd better.
Harry Wormwood: Let's do business.

Agatha Trunchbull: Amanda Thripp!
Amanda Thripp: Yes Ms. Trunchbull?
Agatha Trunchbull: What are those?
Amanda Thripp: What's what, Ms. Trunchbull?
Agatha Trunchbull: Hanging down by your ears.
Amanda Thripp: You mean my pigtails?
Agatha Trunchbull: Are you a pig, Amanda?
Amanda Thripp: No, Ms. Trunchbull.
Agatha Trunchbull: Do I allow pigs in my school?
Amanda Thripp: My mommy thinks they're sweet.
Agatha Trunchbull: Your mommy is a twit!

Agatha Trunchbull: Yippie! Got you right in the neck! [cackles] Yes! [Miss Honey knocks on the door] Come in, come in, whoever you are. [Miss Honey opens the door, and nearly gets hit by one of the Trunchbull's darts] Ah, almost got you. Good to see you, Jen. Good, good, good. Time for one of our little "heart-to-hearts"?
Jennifer Honey: Actually, it's about the new girl in my class, Ms. Trunchbull. Matilda Wormwood.
Agatha Trunchbull: Her father says she's a real wart.
Jennifer Honey: A what?
Agatha Trunchbull: A carbuncle, a blister, a festering pustule of malignant ooze.
Jennifer Honey: Oh, no. Matilda Wormwood is a very sweet girl, and very bright.
Agatha Trunchbull: [incredulous] A "bright child"?
Jennifer Honey: Yes. She can multiply large sums in her head.
Agatha Trunchbull: So can a calculator.
Jennifer Honey: Well, I think she might be happier in an older, and more advanced class.
Agatha Trunchbull: [sneers] Ah, I knew it. You can't handle the little viper, so you're trying to foist her off onto one of the other teachers!
Jennifer Honey: No, no, no, Ms--
Agatha Trunchbull: Yes! Typical, slothful cowardice! Listen to me, Jen. [grabs a shotput] The distance the shot-put goes depends upon the effort you put into it! Perspiration! If you can't handle the little brat, I'll lock her in the Chokey! [roars as she throws the shotput across the room potentially to puncture it] Get it?
Jennifer Honey: [terrified] Yes, Ms. Trunchbull.
Agatha Trunchbull: One day, Jen, you'll see that everything I do is for your own good. And the good of those putrescent little children!

Zinnia Wormwood: Look, Miss Snit. A girl does not get anywhere by acting intelligent. I mean, take a look at you and me. You chose books; I chose looks. I have a nice house, a wonderful husband; and you are slaving away teaching snot-nosed children their ABCs. You want Matilda to go to college? [laughs]
Harry Wormwood: College? I didn't go to college. I don't know anybody who did. Bunch of hippies and cesspool salesmen! [chuckles]
Jennifer Honey: [insulted] Don't sneer at educated people, Mr. Wormwood. If you became ill, heaven forbid, your doctor would be a college graduate.
Harry Wormwood: [less smugly] Yeah.
Jennifer Honey: Or--or say you were sued for selling a faulty car? The lawyer who defended you would have gone to college too.
Harry Wormwood: [sternly] What car? Sued by who? Who you been talking to?
Jennifer Honey: Nobody. Oh dear. I can see we are not going to agree aren't we. I'm terribly sorry for interrupting you like this.
Zinnia Wormwood: We need to sue her for interrupting our show!
Harry Wormwood: Tell me about it!

[As punishment for supposedly eating the Trunchbull's chocolate cake, Bruce Bugtrotter has been forced to eat an entire cake in front of the whole student body]
Agatha Trunchbull: This boy, Bruce Bogtrotter, is none other than a vicious sneak thief. You're a disgusting criminal, aren't you?
Bruce Bogtrotter: I don't know what you're talking about.
Agatha Trunchbull: Cake. Chocolate cake. You slithered like a serpent into the school kitchen and ate my personal snack! [whips riding crop onto table] Do you deny it? Confess!
Bruce Bogtrotter: Well, it's hard for me to remember a specific cake.
Agatha Trunchbull: This one was mine. And it was the most scrumptious cake in the entire world.
Bruce Bogtrotter: My mom's is better.
[The other students gasp]
Agatha Trunchbull: It is, is it? How can you be sure unless you have another piece? Sit down, Bog.

Agatha Trunchbull: [her car has broken down] How can you keep going, you USELESS, FLAMING CAR?! [notices Matilda] Wormwood! Sell me a lemon? [starts dragging her down the hallway] You're heading for the Chokey, young lady!
Matilda Wormwood: Chokey?
Agatha Trunchbull: It'll teach you a lesson!
Matilda Wormwood: What lesson?
Agatha Trunchbull: You and your father think you can make a fool out of me!
Matilda Wormwood: My father?
Agatha Trunchbull: The guy with the stupid haircut!
Matilda Wormwood: I'm nothing like my father!
Agatha Trunchbull: You're the spitting image! [shoves her into the Chokey] The apple never rots far from the tree! [slams the door]

Jennifer Honey: Okay now. Last time, some of you forgot yourselves. Don't speak unless you're spoken to. Don't laugh. Don't smile. Don't even breathe loudly--
Agatha Trunchbull: [entering] Don't breathe at all.

[Miss Honey rescues Matilda from the Chokey, and brings her back to the classroom. As they enter, we see the Trunchbull holding a boy upside down by his leg]
Agatha Trunchbull: Next time I tell you to empty your pockets, you'll do it faster, won't you?!
Hanging Boy: Yes, Ms. Trunchbull.
Agatha Trunchbull: [notices Jenny and Matilda] Ah, Miss Honey. This could be the most interesting thing you've ever done. [drops the boy] Sit down, you squirming worm of vomit!

Agatha Trunchbull: Can you spell?
Amanda Thripp: Miss Honey taught us how to spell a long word yesterday. We can spell "difficulty".
Agatha Trunchbull: You couldn't spell "difficulty" if your life depended on it.
Amanda Thripp: She taught us with a poem.
Agatha Trunchbull: [with a mock high-pitched tone] A poem? How sweet. What poem would that be?
Amanda Thripp: Mrs. D, Mrs. I... [gestures to class to join in] Mrs. F-F-I. Mrs. C, Mrs. U., Mrs. L-T-Y.
Agatha Trunchbull: [viciously whips riding crop on desk] Why are all these women married?! "Mrs D, Mrs I"? You're supposed to be teaching spelling, not poetry!

[The Trunchbull discovers the newt in the glass she was drinking from]
Agatha Trunchbull: It's a snake! It's a snake! One of you tried to poison me! Who?! [Matilda puts her hand up] Oh, Matilda. I knew it.
Matilda Wormwood: I just thought you'd like to know, it's not a snake. It's a newt.
Agatha Trunchbull: What did you say?
Matilda Wormwood: It's a newt, Ms. Trunchbull.
Agatha Trunchbull: [sharply] Stand up, you villainous sack of goat-slime! You did this!
Matilda: No, Ms. Trunchbull.
Agatha Trunchbull: Did you act alone, or did you have accomplices?
Matilda Wormwood: I didn't do it.
Agatha Trunchbull: You didn't like the Chokey, did you? Thought you'd pay me back, didn't you? Well, I'll pay you back, young lady!
Matilda Wormwood: For what, Ms. Trunchbull?
Agatha Trunchbull: [furiously] For this newt, you piss worm!
Matilda Wormwood: I'm telling you, I didn't do it!
Agatha Trunchbull: [regains composure] Besides, even if you didn't do it, I'm going to punish you, because I'm big and you're small, and I'm right and you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it. You're a liar and a scoundrel, and your father's a liar and a cheat! You're the most corrupt low-lifes in the history of civilisation! Am I wrong? I'm never wrong. In this classroom, in this school, I am GOD! [Matilda, getting more and more angry, concentrates on the glass; suddenly, the glass tips over, pouring the newt onto the Trunchbull. The Trunchbull jumps and dances in fear, while the kids laugh, until the Trunchbull flicks the newt off her, which it lands on the hanging lights, then into a boy's hand] [furiously] YOU!!!
Matilda Wormwood: I didn't move!
Agatha Trunchbull: You did this!
Jennifer Honey: How could she possibly done it when she was sitting all the way from over here?
Agatha Trunchbull: [sighs in frustration] I'll be watching you, each and every one. When you turn the corner, when you go to your little cubbies to get your smelly little coats, when you skip merrily to lunch, I'll be watching you. All of you. And especially you! [points at Matilda, then leaves the classroom]

Matilda Wormwood: This is the cottage from your story.
Jennifer Honey: Yes.
Matilda Wormwood: The young woman is you.
Jennifer Honey: Yes.
Matilda Wormwood: But then... No.
Jennifer Honey: Yes. Aunt Trunchbull.

Matilda Wormwood: Why don't you run away?
Jennifer Honey: I've often thought about it, but I can't abandon my children. And if I couldn't teach, I'd have nothing at all.
Matilda Wormwood: You're very brave, Miss Honey.
Jennifer Honey: Not as brave as you.
Matilda Wormwood: I thought grown-ups weren't afraid of anything.
Jennifer Honey: Quite the contrary. All grown-ups get scared, just like children.
Matilda Wormwood: I wonder what Ms. Trunchbull is afraid of.

Jennifer Honey: [sees a painting of Ms. Trunchbull] Oh my. My father's portrait used to hang there.
Matilda Wormwood: Whoever painted the Trunchbull must have had a strong stomach. A really strong stomach.

Jennifer Honey: [sees a painting of her father, Magnus Honey] That's my dad.
Matilda Wormwood:: What's his name?
Jennifer Honey: Magnus. I used to call him "King Magnus" and he would call me "Bumblebee".
Matilda Wormwood: I don't think Magnus killed himself.
Jennifer Honey: Neither do I.
Matilda Wormwood: [Notices Miss Honey's doll on the bed] Is that Liccy doll?

[Trunchbull destroys a statue with a hammer throw. Silent pause, Miss Trunchbull screams in anger, then walks away]
[Miss Honey and Matilda still hiding in the bushes, very shaken and frightened]
Jennifer Honey: Oh goodness!
Matilda Wormwood: Feel my heart! Was that the most scared that you ever been in your whole life?
[Miss Trunchbull returns inside her house]
Jennifer Honey: Come on. Let's go.
Matilda Wormwood: She shouldn't be allowed to treat people like that. Someone's got to teach her a lesson.
Jennifer Honey: I know.
Matilda Wormwood: Well wait until she leaves, then we'll go get your doll.
Jennifer Honey: What?!
Matilda Wormwood: Just kidding.
Jennifer Honey: Come here. [Matilda and Miss Honey get out of the bushes and onto the road] Matilda, promise me you will never go back in that house again.
Matilda Wormwood: I promise.
Jennifer Honey: Okay.
[Matilda and Miss Honey embrace and walk home. Matilda looks at the Trunchbull's house]
Jennifer Honey: Come on.

Matilda Wormwood: Dad?
Harry Wormwood: What do you want?
Matilda Wormwood: Yell at me, okay?
Harry Wormwood: Shut up and leave us alone!
Matilda Wormwood: Yell at me again.
Harry Wormwood: Yell at you? I'll come in there and pound your miserable hide! What do I have to do to get any respect around here?! I'm gonna give you a tanning like you've never had in your life! My word is my law!
(Before he can reach her, Matilda uses her powers to slam the door shut. She smiles to herself as he is heard raving and hammering on it.)

[Matilda catches Agents Bob and Bill in the garage without a search warrant]
Matilda Wormwood: You two men are going to be in a lot of trouble very soon.
FBI Agent Bill: [to his partner] It's the female minor.
FBI Agent Bob: Aren't you supposed to be in school, young lady?
Matilda Wormwood: I really hope you have a search warrant. According to a constitutional law book that I read in the library, if you don't have one, you could lose your job or even go to federal prison.
FBI Agent Bob: It's your father who's going to federal prison. And you know where you'll end up?
FBI Agent Bill: In a federal orphanage.
FBI Agent Bob: If you cooperate, we'll make sure it's a nice orphanage.
FBI Agent Bill: The kind with food... and teeny-weeny cockroaches.
FBI Agent Bob: What do you say?
Matilda Wormwood: There's another crime in the making: your car is about to run a Stop sign.
[We see that the handbrake has been taken off their car, which is now rolling towards a four-way stop intersection]

Mikey Wormwood: Hey, dip face, where are you going?
Matilda Wormwood: Out.
Mikey Wormwood: Hey, dip face. Have a carrot!
[Mikey flicks a carrot at Matilda. To his astonishment, it suddenly stops itself in mid-flight, reverses direction, and fires right into his mouth, lodging in his esophagus. He starts choking on the carrot]
Harry Wormwood: [from offscreen] Chew on your food. You're an animal.

Jennifer Honey: Matilda, you promised you wouldn't go back in that house again.
Matilda Wormwood: I didn't. I was on the garage roof. [whispering] I did it with my powers.

[Matilda uses her powers to write on the blackboard, pretending to be the ghost of Magnus, Jenny's father]
Class: [reading] Agatha. This is Magnus. Give my little bumblebee her house, and her money.
Agatha Trunchbull: Money?
Class: Then get out of town. If you don't, I will get you. I will get you like you got me. That is a promise!

Matilda Wormwood: I love it here! I love my school; it isn't fair! Miss Honey, please don't let them--
Harry Wormwood: [interrupting] Get in the car, Melinda.
Matilda Wormwood: Matilda!
Harry Wormwood: Whatever.
Matilda Wormwood: I want to stay with Miss Honey!
Zinnia Wormwood: Miss Honey doesn't want you! Why would she want some snotty, disobedient kid?
Jennifer Honey: [extremely serious] Because she's a spectacularly wonderful child, and I love her.
Matilda Wormwood: Adopt me, Miss Honey. You can adopt me.
Harry Wormwood: Look, I don't have time for all these legalities.
Matilda Wormwood: One second, Dad. I have the adoption papers! [reveals them]
Zinnia Wormwood: What the-- Where did you get those?
Matilda Wormwood: From a book in the library. I've had them since I was big enough to Xerox.
Zinnia Wormwood: Are you hearing this, Harry?!
Matilda Wormwood: All you have to do is sign them.
Mikey Wormwood: [from the car] I'll be an only child again.
Harry Wormwood: [frustrated] Shut up! I--I can't think with all these sirens!
[Police sirens are heard nearby, indicating that the police are after Harry]
Harry Wormwood: [calms, then turns to Zinnia] What do you think, Bumpkin?
Zinnia Wormwood: [turns to Matilda uneasily] You were the only daughter I ever had, Matilda. And I never understood you, not one little bit. [pause] Who's got a pen?
[Harry and Zinnia sign the papers]
Narrator: And doing perhaps the first decent thing they ever did for their daughter, the Wormwoods signed the adoption papers.
Zinnia Wormwood: Ok. [Signs the first page of the adoption papers] Here.
Matilda Wormwood: [Flips to second page] And here.
Zinnia Wormwood: Ok. [Signs the second page]
Matilda Wormwood: [Flips to third and last page] And here.
Zinnia Wormwood: Ok. [Signs the last page, folds the paper, closes the pen and gives both the papers and the pen to Matilda]
Harry Wormwood: [Gets the pen and paper from Matilda] Alright come on, come here. Turn around! [Signs the adoption papers]
Harry Wormwood: You're not gonna be calling us for support payments or something like that, huh?
Jennifer Honey: Oh no, we'll have everything we need. Don't worry.
[The papers are signed, Matilda runs and embraces Miss Honey and the Wormwoods go into their car]
Harry Wormwood: Ok here, Let's roll!
Zinnia Wormwood: [Friendly goodbye] Ciao!
[The car starts and drives off]

[The final scene, where Miss Honey and Matilda are having fun in the house]
Narrator: So, Harry and Zinnia got away and as bad as things were before; that's how good things became. Miss Honey was made principal of Crunchem Hall which had to add another school because children never wanted to leave and Matilda found to her great surprise that life could be fun and she decided to have as much of it as possible. After all, she was a very smart kid. The happiest part of the story is that Matilda and Miss Honey each got what they'd always wanted. A loving family; and Matilda never had to use her powers again...well, I mean almost never.
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