The Borrowers 1998

The Borrowers

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Rousing and inventive, The Borrowers is a delightfully spirited children's adventure.

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Children's author Mary Norton's storybook creations, the four-inch-tall family of "borrowers" who live among humans and co-op their possessions. When a crooked lawyer (John Goodman) takes over the Lender family's house, he's got to reckon with the borrowers therein, who launch a campaign to oust the invader and restore the home to its rightful tenants.

Cast & Crew

John Goodman
Ocious P. Potter
Mark Williams
Exterminator Jeff
Hugh Laurie
Police Officer Steady
Bradley Pierce
Pete 'Petey' Lender
Flora Newbigin
Arrietty 'Ett' Clock
Tom Felton
Peagreen Clock
Raymond Pickard
Spud Spiller
Celia Imrie
Homily Clock
Aden Gillett
Joe Lender
Mary Norton
Writer (Novel)
Gavin Scott
Writer (Screenplay)
John Kamps
Writer (Screenplay)
Tim Bevan
Producer
Liza Chasin
Co-Producer
Debra Hayward
Co-Producer
Mary Richards
Line Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Borrowers

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Audience Reviews for The Borrowers

  • May 13, 2012
    Pod Clock: We're not vermin. We're not creeps. And we're not pests. We're Borrowers.  "Little People... Big Adventure" The Borrowers is a terrific and fun family adventure movie. It's a movie I wish I had seen when I was a child. Watching now, it still was a fun and highly entertaining film. I can't even imagine how much I would have loved it when I was a kid, especially with the amount of enjoyment I got out of it now as an adult. The film does have a certain charm about it. It's a feel good story with a big message for children attached. No matter how small you may seem in the grand scheme of things; you can always make a difference and have your voice heard. The Clock family is the perfect example of that. They are a miniature family that dwell beneath the floorboards of the Lenders. The Clock's are known as Borrowers. They live off of things they find around the house; making use of things like batteries, cards, and hooks.  The story revolves around the Clock's and the Lender's both losing their home. A corrupt lawyer named Potter has plans of tearing down their house. When a human child finds a Borrower in his room, he befriends it, and soon tries to help the family move along with them. Things go wrong during the move, and the Borrower children are left alone in the world. From there the adventure really takes off and becomes a story of will power on behalf of the human child and all the Clock's. The movie has a lot of slap stick comedy that will keep the kids entertained, much in the vein of movies like Home Alone. Kids should be glued to the screen for nearly an hour and a half. There's just a lot to like here. There's a great cast, including John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Laurie. Harry Potter casters must have loved what they saw from this movie because three of the actors in this film went on to star in the Harry Potter series. A young Malfoy is on display here as well. Plus there is a terrific Hans Zimmer score to bring everything together nicely. The movie looks pretty good as well. It takes advantage of the little people well and puts them in great settings and manages to not make them seem too out of place.  There's really nothing to complain about here. It's solid family entertainment. I watched this without children present and loved it. So that shows that it's either just a well made movie period, or that I have a lot of growing up to do still. Probably both now that I look at it. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2012
    Annoying, cheesy, dumb.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2011
    great effects, and a great and interesting plot
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    The whole story about these tiny people may appeal to kids for a second or two, but overall it's not that interesting.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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