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The Borrowers (1997)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  13 February 1998 (USA)
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A secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house must save their home from an evil real estate developer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ocious P. Potter
Exterminator Jeff
Flora Newbigin ...
Raymond Pickard ...
Aden Gillett ...
Joe Lender
Victoria Lender
Town Hall Clerk
Andrew Dunford ...
Dustbunny Binn
Bob Goody ...
Minty Branch
Patrick Monckton ...
Swag (as Patrick Monkton)


The Borrowers are four-inch high "little people" who live under the floorboards. When the owner of the house they live in dies and evil realtor Ocious Potter wants to destroy the house to build luxury apartments on its place, they start to fight him with the help of the son of house owner, Pete. Written by Anonymous

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Little People. Big Trouble. Lots of fun. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild peril and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lånerne  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 640,552 (Germany) (12 December 1997)


$22,359,293 (USA) (8 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams star together. They first starred in Disney's 101 Dalmatians. See more »


When Spiller throws the rope in the milk bottle trying to pull Peagreen out, he can be heard straining and grunting to keep a hold of it but his face and mouth are both clearly relaxed. See more »


[Arrietty observes Peagreen in dog dung on the road and laughs]
Peagreen Clock: [sarcastically] Oh, ha-ha-ha!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, there is a scene shown where Potter tries to explain to the police about seeing the Borrowers. See more »


References Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) See more »


Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Inventive And Real-Looking
25 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this first came out, almost a decade ago, I thought it was the best job I had seen of making miniature people look real. This showed how far technology had come in films and now, of course, we see a lot more amazing special effects.

It was fun to view how these "borrowers" moved about, using ordinary household items to propel themselves around a normal-sized house. It's all pretty ingenious.

John Goodman plays a cartoon-like role, a role that is generally funny to watch. The cast has a mixture of American and English actors, with a setting of 1940s Britain. I first saw this on VHS and then later on DVD, which was improvement not only video-wise, but audio, too, as it somehow went from mono to surround sound. This might be considered a kids movie but a lot of the humor is more adult-oriented.

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