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The Borrowers (1997) Poster

(1997)

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This is the second time Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams star together. They first starred in Disney's 101 Dalmatians.
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.
During filming, the producers announced that this was the biggest family film to be shot on UK soundstages since " Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
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Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Christopher Lloyd, and Chevy Chase, were considered for the role of Ocious P. Potter.
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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).
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Every vehicle shown in the film is a Morris 1000 Minor. Even a custom-built 'stretched' limo.
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When Arrieti is captured, she is placed in a jar on top of a copy of the book Gulliver's Travels; a story which features a race of small people not to different in size to The Borrowers.
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When Arrietty is watching TV with bean (pete), and is seen, she knocks over plastic Indian. It is the same plastic Indian from Indian in the Cupboard.
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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.
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In 1964, Peter Sellers's Brookfield Productions bought the rights and had Jay Presson Allen do a script. Sellers would have starred but the project never went ahead. Sellers also tried to get the rights to " Oliver ".
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Jim Broadbent who plays the father borrower, Tom Felton who plays Pea Green, and Mark Williams who plays the exterminator have all starred in the Harry Potter movies together.
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