The Borrowers (TV Movie 2011) - Plot Summary Poster

(2011 TV Movie)


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  • Pod and Homily Clock and their sixteen year old daughter Arietty are 'Borrowers', four inch high people who live under the floor boards in Granny Driver's house and borrow what they need without her knowledge. She is determined to catch them. When Arietty defies her father and strays into the house alone young James hides her and they become friends but Granny contacts Professor Mildeye, who is obsessed with the existence of 'Homo Sapiens Redactus', whom he wants to exhibit to the world and he captures Pod and Homily. Fortunately Arietty and resourceful fellow Borrower Spiller join forces with James to effect a rescue before the professor can dissect his tiny captives.

  • The Borrowers are four-inch high "little people" who live under the floorboards.



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  • Arrietty Clock is a head-strong teenage Borrower who is desperate to explore life outside her family home hidden under the floorboards. Her parents, Pod and Homily Clock, are terrified of the world of the Human Beans and are fiercely protective of their daughter.

    Arrietty sneaks upstairs one night and befriends James, a lonely boy who lives above her in the house with his father, Robert Millman. This leads to a world of trouble when the Borrowers home is discovered by Jamess formidable grandmother, and they are forced to venture into the big wide world

    Grandma Driver knows the little people exist; shes always known and is determined to hunt them out of her house. Professor Mildeye also knows of the existence of the little people. Determined to restore his reputation and resurrect his academic career, hell go to any lengths to capture them and reveal them to the world.

    Spiller, a leather jacketed tearaway, takes quite a shine to Arrietty. Shes not quite sure what to make of this, but when her parents are captured by the evil Professor Mildeye, she is forced to enlist both Spillers and 'human bean' Jamess help. They go on a series of daring adventures to try and outsmart Mildeye and return the Clock family to their former home in time for Christmas.

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