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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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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

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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

Alan Rickman was considered for the role of Ocious P. Potter. See more »

Goofs

The elastic band across Arietty's chest disappears when she slides down the downpipe, but reappears when she meets Spud Spiller. See more »

Quotes

Arrietty 'Ett' Clock: [after taking the will from Potter] Come on, squirt, we've got to hurry!
Peagreen Clock: What for, idiot? We'll never get out of here without him seeing us.
Arrietty 'Ett' Clock: Look, we'll get out when the bean is on his lunch hour. It's always the safest time with beans.
Peagreen Clock: I still think we should wait here for mum and dad.
Arrietty 'Ett' Clock: Peagreen, try to understand: there won't BE a here unless we give this will to Pete, before that nasty, cheating, thieving, evil, mean, greedy, vicious, ugly bean destroys our house.
Ocious P. Potter: Ugly? Who are they calling ...
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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 »

Soundtracks

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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 as bad as others make out.
18 May 2002 | by DrWhoBobSee all my reviews

I, for one, very much enjoyed this movie, so much so, that I even purchased it on DVD. Of course, I'm a big fan of British Comedy and Sci-Fi, and always enjoy any opportunity to see the work of Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams. This was the first time I'd seen anything with Jim Broadbent, but went on to watch some of his other work, and have grown to appreciate him, as well. Ruby Wax was charming, and I'd like to see more of Flora Newbigin, however, it appears she isn't doing much in the industry, except for an appearance in one episode "Holby City."

I find this movie charming in it's escapism. Sure, it mixes times and cities, making it impossible to identify where and when it takes place, but does it even have to be anywhere on Earth? It's fantasy, and I found it entertaining.


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