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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Ocious P. Potter
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Exterminator Jeff
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Joe Lender
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Victoria Lender
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Minty Branch
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Swag (as Patrick Monkton)
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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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The screen's smallest heroes in the year's biggest adventure. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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

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13 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,359,293 (USA) (8 May 1998)
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After working with Jim Broadbent in Only Fools and Horses.... (1981), David Jason said in his autobiography he was amazed that after such humble beginnings, Broadbent's career took him to such amazing places like this film and then Hollywood, and why he didn't take him with him. See more »

Goofs

The elastic band across Arietty's chest disappears when she slides down the downpipe, but reappears when she meets Spud Spiller. See more »

Quotes

Ocious P. Potter: Well, what are you waiting for?
Exterminator Jeff: [amazed] Incredible! Amazing! Tiny little people, moving on the landing!
Ocious P. Potter: [impatiently] WOULD YOU PLEASE GET UP HERE AND DO SOMETHING TO HELP ME!
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During the end credits, there is a scene shown where Potter tries to explain to the police about seeing the Borrowers. See more »

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Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
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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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