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The Borrowers

  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • 1997
  • Peter Hewitt
  • 83 mins
  • U

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent. Pod, Homily and their children Peagreen and Arietty are the Borrowers, a family of tiny people living secretly in the house of young Pete. When Pete's Great Aunt Mary dies, no one can find the will and it looks as if the house may fall into the hands of nasty local lawyer, Ocious P Potter, and put the little family in danger.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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).

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Credits

Cast

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Ocious P PotterJohn Goodman
Pod ClockJim Broadbent
Exterminator JeffMark Williams
Homily ClockCelia Imrie
Officer SteadyHugh Laurie
Town hall clerkRuby Wax
Pete LenderBradley Pierce
Arietty ClockFlora Newbigin
Peagreen ClockTom Felton
SpillerRaymond Pickard
Joe LenderAden Gillett
Victoria LenderDoon Mackichan
DustbunnyAndrew Dunford
MintyBob Goody
SwagPatrick Monkton
WrigleyGeorge Yiasoumi
MilkmanDick Ward

Crew

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DirectorPeter Hewitt

Details

Released on
1997-12-05
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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