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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ocious P. Potter
Exterminator Jeff
Flora Newbigin ...
Raymond Pickard ...
Aden Gillett ...
Joe Lender
Victoria Lender
Town Hall Clerk
Andrew Dunford ...
Dustbunny Binn
Bob Goody ...
Minty Branch
Patrick Monckton ...
Swag (as Patrick Monkton)


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 »


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


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$22,359,293 (USA) (8 May 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the insecticide foam is removed from Potter's face, it has burned off his moustache, however it covered his face and his fringe, yet it hasn't burned off his eyebrows or any of his hair. See more »


Ocious P. Potter: Quick. Where's town planning I need to register a demolition.
Town Hall Clerk: What's the magic word?
Ocious P. Potter: Listen, I'm in a hurry. I got a house to demolish.
Town Hall Clerk: I'm waiting.
Ocious P. Potter: [impatiently] So am I. Where is it?
Town Hall Clerk: Up the stairs, take a right at the top.
[Potter leaves]
Town Hall Clerk: [stops him] Straight on through the door, climb four flights. I imagine at this point, you'll have a catch your breath. Scuttle up two more flights, bear left, and turn right at Sewage. You will then see a door in front of you. Do not go through the door, ...
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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 »


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


Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Good Fun with great effects.
20 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have to be honest, I was not looking forward to this movie. I never heard of it nor know anything about those in it, except for John Goodman. However, this selection was for my daughter and did not want to see a repeat of another cartoon-type movie. My wife and I found the movie to be good clean fun with some mild but acceptable violence and virtually no language. A good combo for a family film and for a child. My daughter said it was "good" and my wife and I thought it was cute. In this day and age, it can be hard to find good movies around. While this movie may not be a keeper in your own collection, it is worth renting. The behind-the-scenes on the DVD was good and the DVD also contained both letterboxed and Pan-and-scan versions.

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