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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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Cast

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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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Aden Gillett ...
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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Little People. Big Trouble. Lots of fun. See more »


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:

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

Gross:

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

During filming, the producers announced that this was the biggest family film to be shot on UK soundstages since " Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Police Officer Steady: [after Potter's arrest] Little people, were they?
Ocious P. Potter: Yes, that's what I've been trying to tell you. They're everywhere. They're very good at climbing.
Police Officer Steady: Hmm. So, what? I suppose they have little houses, do they? With little tables, little chairs?
Ocious P. Potter: Yes, they do.
Police Officer Steady: Hmm.
[Steady laughs at this as do the whole station]
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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

References Gulliver's Travels (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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