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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ocious P. Potter
... Exterminator Jeff
... Pod Clock
... Homily Clock
Flora Newbigin ... Arrietty 'Ett' Clock
... Peagreen Clock
Raymond Pickard ... Spud Spiller
... Pete Lender
... Joe Lender
... Victoria Lender
... Police Officer Steady
... 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 her evil lawyer Ocious P. Potter wants to destroy the house to build luxury apartments in 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£750,565 (United Kingdom), 2 January 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,075,079, 16 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,359,293, 10 May 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,000,000, 11 October 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film follows a completely original story line, none of the events in the film happened in any of the books. Furthermore neither the Lenders nor Ocious P. Potter appear in the books. See more »

Goofs

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

Referenced in Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Weird
Written by Desmond Child and Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A good film
14 January 2001 | by 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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