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The Borrowers (1997)

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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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)  »

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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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Jim Broadbent who plays the father borrower, Tom Felton who plays Pea Green, and Mark Williams who plays the exterminator have all starred in the Harry Potter movies together. 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

Pod Clock: [Repeated Line] A Borrower is quiet, conscientious, and inconspicuous. We don't steal; we borrow.
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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 »

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Referenced in Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter (2001) 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
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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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