The BorrowersFebruary 13, 1998
A secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house must save their home from an evil real estate developer.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 5.6/10 (6,921 voted)
Stars: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams
The Borrowers are four-inch high "little people" who live under the floorboards. When the owner of the house they live in dies and evil realtor Ocious Potter wants to destroy the house to build luxury apartments on its place, they start to fight him with the help of the son of house owner, Pete.
Writers: Mary Norton, Gavin Scott
Ocious P. Potter
Arrietty 'Ett' Clock
Police Officer Steady
Town Hall Clerk
(as Patrick Monkton)
The screen's smallest heroes in the year's biggest adventure.
Release Date: 13 February 1998
Filming Locations: Ealing Town Hall, Ealing, London, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: DEM 640,552
(14 December 1997)
(11 October 1998)
Did You Know?
When Pete has captured Arietty, he puts her in a goldfish bowl. The bowl is standing on top of the book "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift. This also foreshadows the scene where Ocious Potter is subdued by the Borrowers at the end of the movie.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
Similarly, the geographical location is entirely fictional, so that accents, uniforms, vocabulary, currency, vehicles and driving styles are not consistent with any given country.
We may be small but heaven help anyone who thinks he might squish us.
Inventive And Real-Looking
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.