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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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 »


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Rated PG for mild peril and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$22,359,293 (USA) (8 May 1998)
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Steven Spielberg was first approached to direct this movie. But he turned it down because he felt that the gross out humor was too over the top and didn't fit in the story and he was also too busy working on The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). See more »

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When Arietty and Peagreen travel along on the telephone wires how did Potter's bloodhound track them? See more »

Quotes

Exterminator Jeff: [look at the objects by the floorboards] Borrowers!
Ocious P. Potter: You've seen this before?
Exterminator Jeff: No, but I've heard the stories, but that's what I thought they were, just stories: the fly with the human head, the poker-playing rats, the giant radioactive cockroaches.
Ocious P. Potter: Spare me the folklore, will you? Can you kill them or not?
Exterminator Jeff: Yes. Extermination is my middle name. But why do you want me to exterminate the Borrowers?
Ocious P. Potter: Because those little rats stole something very important from me. AND NOBODY STEALS FROM OCIOUS P. ...
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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 »

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Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
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A good film
14 January 2001 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

I honestly don't understand all the bad reviews this show has gotten. I think it's a great flick. Their sets and props were amusing (i.e., using birthday cake candles for torches and credit cards for doors), and it was interesting to see the world from a little person's point of view. The plot was very good, as was the acting, and the Borrowers' accents just added to their charm. You really should give this film a try.


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