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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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The screen's smallest heroes in the year's biggest adventure. 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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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

The villain's name is Ocious P. Potter. Co-stars Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams and Tom Felton later starred prominently in the "Harry Potter" series of movies. See more »

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

Quotes

Arrietty 'Ett' Clock: [after taking the will from Potter] Come on, squirt, we've got to hurry!
Peagreen Clock: What for, idiot? We'll never get out of here without him seeing us.
Arrietty 'Ett' Clock: Look, we'll get out when the bean is on his lunch hour. It's always the safest time with beans.
Peagreen Clock: I still think we should wait here for mum and dad.
Arrietty 'Ett' Clock: Peagreen, try to understand: there won't BE a here unless we give this will to Pete, before that nasty, cheating, thieving, evil, mean, greedy, vicious, ugly bean destroys our house.
Ocious P. Potter: Ugly? Who are they calling ...
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 5 (1967) See more »

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Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
Performed by Hanson
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Inventive And Real-Looking
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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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