"Books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: you are not alone."
-- Narrator, Matilda
The phrase "labor of love" comes up over and over in conversations with those involved in the '90s kid classic, Matilda. Director-star Danny DeVito, writer Robin Swicord, lead actor Mara Wilson's mother, and cinematographer Stefan Czapsky had read the book to their children, and gave everything to adapting Roald Dahl's book. The result is a kids classic, which hit theaters 20 years ago today.
To celebrate this anniversary, Thrillist spoke with Swicord, and Czapsky, and Wilson (whose memoir Where Am I Now? drops in September) to bring you all the facts from the making of the film. Here's how Matilda danced around Hollywood red tape, overcame tragedy, and burrowed its way into millennial memory banks: