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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams star together. They first starred in Disney's 101 Dalmatians. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in a fictitious time and place which include elements of both Britain and North America, technology and products from many different eras, and fictitious uniforms and currency. See more »

Quotes

Police Officer Steady: Well, I've had reports that an Ice Cream Vendor...
Exterminator Jeff: Pest Control Operative.
Police Officer Steady: Oh, sorry.
Exterminator Jeff: That's all right, happens all the time.
Police Officer Steady: A Pest Control Operative...
[looks at Jeff]
Police Officer Steady: ...and a rather large man...
[eyes Ocious P. Potter for a moment]
Police Officer Steady: Well, that could be you, couldn't it, sir? Were seen arguing outside this house.
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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 4 (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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Inventive And Real-Looking
25 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

When this first came out, almost a decade ago, I thought it was the best job I had seen of making miniature people look real. This showed how far technology had come in films and now, of course, we see a lot more amazing special effects.

It was fun to view how these "borrowers" moved about, using ordinary household items to propel themselves around a normal-sized house. It's all pretty ingenious.

John Goodman plays a cartoon-like role, a role that is generally funny to watch. The cast has a mixture of American and English actors, with a setting of 1940s Britain. I first saw this on VHS and then later on DVD, which was improvement not only video-wise, but audio, too, as it somehow went from mono to surround sound. This might be considered a kids movie but a lot of the humor is more adult-oriented.


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