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The Borrowers (1997)

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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Ocious P. Potter
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Exterminator Jeff
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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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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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Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lånerne  »

Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,600,000 (Non-US) (20 February 1998)

Gross:

$22,359,293 (USA) (8 May 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pod Clock: [Repeated Line] A Borrower is quiet, conscientious, and inconspicuous. We don't steal; we borrow.
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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 »

Connections

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 just good special effects but superb ones!
3 February 1999 | by (Bournemouth, England) – See all my reviews

Reading some of the other reviews you get the impression that the Special Effects in the Borrowers are somewhat mediocre, well I feel I must stand up for them. The effects in this film are on the whole superb. The problem is that some of them are so good you just don't notice them unless they are pointed out to you. In my opinion the effects in the Borrowers are vastly superior to things like say Titanic, which rather unbelievably won an Oscar. Any effect which you're inclined to say "That's a good effect" too, is not a good effect, it is a poor one because you can tell it's an effect. The best effects go unnoticed, not only by the movie going public but also by the Academy it seems.


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