The Borrowers

The Borrowers

Director: Peter Hewitt Cast: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams


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Peter Hewitt (Tom and Huck) directed this $30-million family film, an adaptation of Mary Norton's classic children's novels about a miniature family of wee folk, four inches high, living beneath the floorboards of an English cottage. The Borrowers family, so labeled because they "borrow" from the house's kitchen, consist of Pod Clock (Jim Broadbent), mother Homily (Celia Imre), and children Arrietty (13-year-old Flora Newbigin) and Peagreen (Tom Felton). Their adventure begins when they're almost caught in the kitchen by the Lenders, the tenants of the house, so they run for cover. When lawyer-Realtor Ocious P. Potter (John Goodman) discovers the owner of the house has died, he makes plans to evict the Lenders and demolish the building -- a situation where one would want to "neither a Borrower nor a Lender be." Fortunately, young Pete Lender (Bradley Pierce) has become friends with Arrietty -- an alliance leading toward a method of thwarting Potter.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/1998
UPC: 0044005512533
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG
Source: Polygram Usa Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Goodman Ocious P. Potter
Jim Broadbent Pod Clock
Mark Williams Exterminator Jeff
Hugh Laurie Officer Steady
Bradley Pierce Pete Lender
Flora Newbigin Arrietty Clock
Tom Felton Peagreen Clock
Raymond Pickard Spiller
Celia Imrie Homily Clock
Aden Gillett Joe Lender
Doon Mackichan Victoria Lende
Ruby Wax City Hall Clerk
Andrew Dunford Actor
Bob Goody Actor
Patrick Monkton Actor
Dick Ward Actor
George Yiassoumi Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Hewitt Director
Tim Bevan Producer
Trevor Brooker Cinematographer
John Camps Screenwriter
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Peter Chiang Special Effects Supervisor
Walt de Faria Executive Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
John Fenner Cinematographer
Marie France Costumes/Costume Designer
David Freeman Editor
Nina Gold Casting
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Debra Hayward Co-producer
Joan Hills Makeup
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Annie Kocur Editor
Gavin Scott Screenwriter
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Talalay Producer
Gareth Tandy Asst. Director

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The Borrowers 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good movie with some recognizable actors from John Goodman, Bradley Pierce, Tom Felton and of course Hugh Laurie. Good ending. A childhood favorite worth seeing, at least for nostalgic value.
AuntWendy More than 1 year ago
Growing up, the story book of the Borrowers intrigued me, as an adult to share the story with my nieces in the form of a movie was a delight!! The characters, the curiosity of tiny people borrowing everything they need from "us". How fascinating to see things from the view of a Borrower and "beings" in this wonderful film. My nieces enjoyed it so much, the next time they visited they asked to see it again. We are big believers in seeing a movie more than once to notice details we may have missed the first time. We will watch it together time and time again. I would recommend this movie to anyone, especially those interested in a plot acceptable to show children. Maybe not too young, possibly five and up, John Goodman's character is the "bad guy" but he plays it so well.
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