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20 Hidden Details You Missed In "Matilda"

That Trunchbull is even more messed up than you thought.

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1. Bingo World is one of the magazines Matilda reads as a young child. Another appears to be called The Complete Guide to Selling Things Nobody Wants.

Ha!
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Ha!

2. Books Matilda took out from the library included Dickens' The Pickwick Papers and Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Other titles: Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, and a book of Shakespeare sonnets.
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Other titles: Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, and a book of Shakespeare sonnets.

3. The Wormwoods' alarm clock is decorated with dice.

Addicted to gambling much?
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Addicted to gambling much?

4. You can see the reflection of a porcelain tiger in the toaster in this shot.

Intentional? Foreshadowing, perhaps? Of Matilda's strength and courage?
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Intentional? Foreshadowing, perhaps? Of Matilda's strength and courage?

5. The Wormwoods' kitchen whiteboard includes the note: "Call psychic hotline today!"

Another note reads: "Bingo with Sally 10 a.m." And then there's a grocery list: "Lotto tickets, Fritos, beer, Jell-o, chips..."
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Another note reads: "Bingo with Sally 10 a.m." And then there's a grocery list: "Lotto tickets, Fritos, beer, Jell-o, chips..."

6. Mrs. Wormwood wears sunglasses when she watches TV...in the dark.

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7. There's a picture taped up on Matilda's wall that says "lost child."

OMG nooo so sad!
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OMG nooo so sad!

8. Although you can't clearly make it out, the blue and yellow license plate might suggest that the setting is in California.

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9. Mrs. Wormwood drinks her beer with a straw.

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10. There's a sign in Miss Trunchbull's office reading "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

OMG scary! Especially considering the implication that she murdered Miss Honey's father. Does this imply regret?
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OMG scary! Especially considering the implication that she murdered Miss Honey's father. Does this imply regret?

11. The Wormwoods have the letter W worked into their railing.

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12. There's a bag reading "I <3 Bingo" in the kitchen — a tribute to Mrs. Wormwood's obsession with the game.

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13. The school rules on one side of the classroom include "no praying" and "no fun."

The others read: No talking, no laughing, no whispering, no gum chewing, no late homework, no running in halls, no pigtails, no eating, no coloring, no playing, and no daydreaming.
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The others read: No talking, no laughing, no whispering, no gum chewing, no late homework, no running in halls, no pigtails, no eating, no coloring, no playing, and no daydreaming.

14. Another sign reads "student's duties," which includes "animals in cages."

The rest reads: Students must...Obey their teacher, sit straight, be quiet, pay attention, do homework, salute the headmistress, raise hand for questions, arrive on time, dress properly, and obey the headmistress.
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The rest reads: Students must...Obey their teacher, sit straight, be quiet, pay attention, do homework, salute the headmistress, raise hand for questions, arrive on time, dress properly, and obey the headmistress.

15. Further proof that Miss Trunchbull is highly superstitious? The rabbit foot on her keychain.

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16. Remember this guy — one of the FBI agents? It's Pee-Wee!

Aka Paul Reubens.
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Aka Paul Reubens.

17. In one scene, Matilda's brother wears a shirt for the heavy metal band Judas Preist

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18. As the Trunchbull gets chased out of the school, we briefly see the cook eating and watching the whole thing go down.

Plus that crazy portrait.
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Plus that crazy portrait.

19. Lissy Doll turns out to look a lot like Matilda, especially when we see Matilda's nearly matching outfit in one of the final scenes.

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Pink ribbon and dainty floral prints!

20. In the final scene we see that The Witches is one of the books on Matilda's shelf, which was written by Roald Dahl, who also wrote Matilda!

Very cool easter egg.
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Very cool easter egg.

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