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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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Their space is in your place! See more »


Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacht op de Kleintjes 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 Spiller throws the rope in the milk bottle trying to pull Peagreen out, he can be heard straining and grunting to keep a hold of it but his face and mouth are both clearly relaxed. 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 Unikitty!: Big Pup, Little Problem (2018) 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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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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