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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 »


Although the film is set in "a fictitious time and place", they are driving on the wrong side of the road. When we see an aerial view of the streets, the junctions are marked out for driving on the left-hand side of the road UK style, but the cars are driving on the right. See more »


Ocious P. Potter: Well, what are you waiting for?
Exterminator Jeff: [amazed] Incredible! Amazing! Tiny little people, moving on the landing!
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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 »


Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 3 (1967) 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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Not as bad as others make out.
18 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I, for one, very much enjoyed this movie, so much so, that I even purchased it on DVD. Of course, I'm a big fan of British Comedy and Sci-Fi, and always enjoy any opportunity to see the work of Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams. This was the first time I'd seen anything with Jim Broadbent, but went on to watch some of his other work, and have grown to appreciate him, as well. Ruby Wax was charming, and I'd like to see more of Flora Newbigin, however, it appears she isn't doing much in the industry, except for an appearance in one episode "Holby City."

I find this movie charming in it's escapism. Sure, it mixes times and cities, making it impossible to identify where and when it takes place, but does it even have to be anywhere on Earth? It's fantasy, and I found it entertaining.

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