MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,225 this week

The Borrowers (1973)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Family, Fantasy  |  14 December 1973 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 189 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

Editors' Spotlight

On TV: Peabody Award Winners

The list of entertainment winners for the 74th Annual Peabody Awards was revealed this week, and Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," FX's "Fargo," and HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" are among the honorees. Read the IMDbTV Blog for the full list of winners!

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 13 Jul 2011
 
a list of 3436 titles
created 07 Aug 2011
 
got
a list of 1209 titles
created 17 Sep 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 09 Oct 2012
 
a list of 395 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Borrowers" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Borrowers (TV Movie 1973)

The Borrowers (TV Movie 1973) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Borrowers.

User Polls

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

"The Borrowed Christmas" is the new family movie by Rossetti Productions. John Dale has everything. Money, notoriety, the biggest house in town. But what he really wants, is a good, old ... See full summary »

Director: Chip Rossetti
Stars: Sherry Morris, Jeff Rose, Chance Caeden
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett
Jackanory (1965–1996)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A celebrity reads a story, enhancing it in ways that will entice the most restless of children.

Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Bernard Holley, Ray Smith
Family | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an old cupboard from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic from his best ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse
Fantasy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A modern adaptation of the classic children's story 'Alice through the Looking Glass' written by Lewis Carol, which continued on from the popular 'Alice in Wonderland' story. This time ... See full summary »

Director: John Henderson
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Charlotte Curley, Penelope Wilton
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Aunt Sophy (as Dame Judith Anderson)
...
Mrs. Crampfurl
...
Dennis Larson ...
The Boy
Karen Pearson ...
Murray Westgate ...
Ernie
Dan McIlravey ...
Tom
Edit

Storyline

An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Borrowers (#23.2)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't It Something
Written by Rod McKuen
Performed by Rod McKuen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not terrible, but lacks spark
27 January 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I read a lot of children's books while growing up, though I have to admit that I never read Mary Norton's "The Borrowers", even though it's considered something of a classic. So I have no idea if this made for television adaptation follows the book closely or not. However, I did see several months ago the Japanese animated adaptation "The Secret World of Arrietty", and I thought it was a charming low key movie. "The Borrowers" is also a low key movie for the most part, but the movie forgets to add enough stuff to keep the audience's attention. Except for the last twenty or so minutes, it feels really slow and doesn't seem to be going any place. The characters, both regular sized and tiny, also are lacking spirit. I expect children who watch this will soon get restless. More patient adults will get through it, but I think they'll agree with me that the movie is lacking juice.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Borrowers (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?