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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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The screen's smallest heroes in the year's biggest adventure. See more »


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Rated PG for mild peril and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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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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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. See more »

Goofs

When Pete comes into the dairy to save the borrowers, he sees five borrowers taped to the machine; however, this was after Potter removed Spud and dropped him in the engine. See more »

Quotes

Peagreen Clock: Great, just great. I've been outside for two minutes and I'm covered in POO...
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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

Spoofs The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) 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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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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