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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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Ocious P. Potter
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Exterminator Jeff
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Flora Newbigin ...
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Raymond Pickard ...
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Joe Lender
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Victoria Lender
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Town Hall Clerk
Andrew Dunford ...
Dustbunny Binn
Bob Goody ...
Minty Branch
Patrick Monckton ...
Swag (as Patrick Monkton)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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

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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Trivia

When Arrieti is captured, she is placed in a jar on top of a copy of the book Gulliver's Travels; a story which features a race of small people not to different in size to The Borrowers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Police Officer Steady: Well, I've had reports that an Ice Cream Vendor...
Exterminator Jeff: Pest Control Operative.
Police Officer Steady: Oh, sorry.
Exterminator Jeff: That's all right, happens all the time.
Police Officer Steady: A Pest Control Operative...
[looks at Jeff]
Police Officer Steady: ...and a rather large man...
[eyes Ocious P. Potter for a moment]
Police Officer Steady: Well, that could be you, couldn't it, sir? Were seen arguing outside this house.
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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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Version of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) 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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Nice adaptation, well worth watching
12 May 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved the "Borrowers" books when I was a kid, and the movie is a quite good adaptation of the concept. There were a few minor bafflements [such as what time period the movie was supposed to be in, and where it was set], but those aren't major. Overall, quite enjoyable.


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