The Borrowers

The Borrowers

Peter Hewitt (1997)

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Mary Norton's charming 1950s children's stories about a diminutive family (the "Borrowers" of the title) are here turned into a delightful family film. Jim Broadbent is on good form as the father of the tiny Clocks who live beneath the floorboards of an old house, and John Goodman delivers a large slice of ham as the unscrupulous full-sized lawyer who intends to demolish their home. Peter Hewitt (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) directs this fun children's adventure, which features a host of British comedy talent (including Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams and Celia Imrie) alongside Broadbent. But it's the clever special effects that steal the show from the cast (miniature or otherwise).


A family of four-inch-high people living beneath the floorboards of an ordinary human home help the owner's son fight back when a dastardly lawyer plans to demolish the house and make way for a luxury apartment block. Children's fantasy, starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin and Tom Felton.

Cast & Crew

Ocious P Potter John Goodman
Pod Clock Jim Broadbent
Exterminator Jeff Mark Williams
Homily Clock Celia Imrie
Officer Steady Hugh Laurie
Town hall clerk Ruby Wax
Pete Lender Bradley Pierce
Arietty Clock Flora Newbigin
Peagreen Clock Tom Felton
Spiller Raymond Pickard
Joe Lender Aden Gillett
Victoria Lender Doon Mackichan
Dustbunny Andrew Dunford
Minty Bob Goody
Swag Patrick Monkton
Wrigley George Yiasoumi
Milkman Dick Ward
Director Peter Hewitt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's