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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.

Director:

Peter Hewitt

Writers:

Mary Norton (novels), Gavin Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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:
John Goodman ... Ocious P. Potter
Mark Williams ... Exterminator Jeff
Jim Broadbent ... Pod Clock
Celia Imrie ... Homily Clock
Flora Newbigin Flora Newbigin ... Arrietty 'Ett' Clock
Tom Felton ... Peagreen Clock
Raymond Pickard Raymond Pickard ... Spud Spiller
Bradley Pierce ... Pete Lender
Aden Gillett ... Joe Lender
Doon Mackichan ... Victoria Lender
Hugh Laurie ... Police Officer Steady
Ruby Wax ... Town Hall Clerk
Andrew Dunford Andrew Dunford ... Dustbunny Binn
Bob Goody Bob Goody ... Minty Branch
Patrick Monckton 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lånerne See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mr. Potter's eyebrows were also supposed to be ripped off in the film, with his mustache. However John Goodman didn't want to shave his eyebrows as he was worried about how long they'd take to grow back in case they didn't grow back by the time he was supposed to be filming his sitcom Roseanne. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Pod Clock: We're not vermin. We're not creeps. And we're not pests. We're Borrowers.
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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

Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 2 (1967) See more »

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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 bad, not good
1 July 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

I've been interested in seeing this adaptation of Mary Norton's novels ever since I saw the Studio Ghibli adaptation, The Secret World of Arrietty, last February. As I expected, this is more of a comic adventure film, a pretty typical children's film for the time, as opposed to the serious and beautiful Ghibli version. I have no idea which is closer to the source material (I'd actually bet the 1997 version is; the other one is way too Ghibli-esque not to have been heavily changed). As it is, the 1997 version is a halfway decent children's films. Not good, not bad. If I were a kid, I think I'd enjoy it. It stars John Goodman and Jim Broadbent, so it at least has something going for it. The family is pretty similar to the Ghibli version, except for they also have a son (Tom Felton). Felton and Flora Newbigin (who plays Arrietty) get separated from their parents (Broadbent and Celia Imrie) when the house they live in is set to be bulldozed by evil land developer (is there any other kind?) John Goodman. There's no seriousness here. It's all just loud adventure type stuff as the borrower children outsmart Goodman at every turn (he could probably very easily defeat his nemeses here if he would just avoid those comic pauses every time they're about to get him). I'm surprised Newbigin didn't go onto anything better. She's a pretty good juvenile actress. I don't think this film was very successful. I don't ever remember it existing (I was in college at the time, so I wouldn't have had any interest). The special effects aren't too bad. The story was adapted just five years previous with Ian Holm starring in the Jim Broadbent role.


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