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The Borrowers (1997)

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

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13 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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

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The film is set in a fictitious time and place which include elements of both Britain and North America, technology and products from many different eras, and fictitious uniforms and currency. See more »

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[last lines]
Police Officer Steady: [after Potter's arrest] Little people, were they?
Ocious P. Potter: Yes, that's what I've been trying to tell you. They're everywhere. They're very good at climbing.
Police Officer Steady: Hmm. So, what? I suppose they have little houses, do they? With little tables, little chairs?
Ocious P. Potter: Yes, they do.
Police Officer Steady: Hmm.
[Steady laughs at this as do the whole station]
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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 »

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Referenced in Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter (2001) See more »

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Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Not as bad as others make out.
18 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I, for one, very much enjoyed this movie, so much so, that I even purchased it on DVD. Of course, I'm a big fan of British Comedy and Sci-Fi, and always enjoy any opportunity to see the work of Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams. This was the first time I'd seen anything with Jim Broadbent, but went on to watch some of his other work, and have grown to appreciate him, as well. Ruby Wax was charming, and I'd like to see more of Flora Newbigin, however, it appears she isn't doing much in the industry, except for an appearance in one episode "Holby City."

I find this movie charming in it's escapism. Sure, it mixes times and cities, making it impossible to identify where and when it takes place, but does it even have to be anywhere on Earth? It's fantasy, and I found it entertaining.


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