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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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,470,111, 15 February 1998

Gross USA:

$22,619,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,619,589
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Pollak were considered for the role of Pod Clock. 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

Ocious P. Potter: Quick. Where's town planning I need to register a demolition.
Town Hall Clerk: What's the magic word?
Ocious P. Potter: Listen, I'm in a hurry. I got a house to demolish.
Town Hall Clerk: I'm waiting.
Ocious P. Potter: [impatiently] So am I. Where is it?
Town Hall Clerk: Up the stairs, take a right at the top.
[Potter leaves]
Town Hall Clerk: [stops him] Straight on through the door, climb four flights. I imagine at this point, you'll have a catch your breath. Scuttle up two more flights, bear left, and turn right at Sewage. You will then see a door in front of you. Do not go through the door, ...
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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

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 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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DON'T WATCH IT!!!!
22 August 1999 | by nbt7See all my reviews

Faithless adaptation of excellent books. Hardly worthy of the title or the actors. If you are interested in the story watch the BBC mini-serii that were made in 1993. FAR superior with outstanding special effects and good casting. Don't go in for dross.


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