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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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Joe Lender
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Victoria Lender
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Dustbunny Binn
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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

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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

Every vehicle shown in the film is a Morris 1000 Minor. Even a custom-built 'stretched' limo. 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
Performed by Hanson
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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A very fun film with a great look
4 July 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

I was charmed by this movie and cannot understand the venom unleashed upon it by some of the other reviews. I don't have any kids, nor do I spend a whole lot of time watching movies geared towards them, but most "kiddie fare" seems so saccharine and preachy, with screeching soundtracks and day-glo color schemes all designed to work as commercials for happy meals and action figures that this one stands out because it's just plain fun. The production design and special effects are unique -- and purposefully so. Some reviews have complained that the film is not set in a readily identifiable time or place, but that's the charm; set in a kind of timeless anywhere that is both familiar and foreign, with the kind of hazy details and warm glow that suggest a fond childhood memory/fantasy. If you expect some Dizneefied, pre-fabbed, pre-digested offering that hits all of the right beats at the right moments with such predictability that you can set your watch to them, skip this. (Or watch "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," because it sure mimics the form while subverting the content.) If you want something fun and imaginative, different from the usual, give this a try. And if the kids complain that it's boring, send them to bed and watch it yourself.


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