Borrowers

Borrowers

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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), motherSee more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
The canon of classic family films remains top-heavy with titles from the mid-Twentieth Century. Even Disney's grip on cinema began to slip by the late '60s, after the release of Mary Poppins in 1964. So when a film comes along that merits consideration among the great family adventures of all time, one would expect it to make a bigger splash than The Borrowers did upon its release in 1997. But certainly success at the fickle box-office is not a prerequisite for greatness; and in it's own charming way, this deft blend of modern-movie wizardry and old-fashioned storytelling is a film to be treasured. The Borrowers is based on Mary Norton's classic collection of tales about a family of four-inch folk who live beneath the floorboards of a British cottage, where they occasionally loot the belongings of the house's tenants, the Lenders. When an odious realtor (John Goodman) tries to evict the family and demolish the home, the Borrowers and Lenders join forces, ultimately leading to a face-off that is as satisfying to witness as it is skillfully executed. Although much of the action favors the conk-on-the-head style comedy popular in the '90s (as in the Home Alone series), the clever visuals -- including large-scale sets and overblown props -- keep the proceedings lively, as does Goodman's turn as the greedy land-grabber. He's perfectly despicable, and thoroughly delightful.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1998
UPC:
0044005512526
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Polygram Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:26:00

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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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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [4:42]
2. Big Freeze [8:41]
3. A Borrower's Life [4:31]
4. Arietty's Adventure [4:53]
5. Big Move [5:21]
6. Bean vs. Borrowers [8:39]
7. Exterminator Jeff [8:42]
8. Whole New World [7:07]
9. Spud Spiller [8:19]
10. Big Cheese [5:30]
11. Demolition [5:35]
12. Tiny Heroes [6:54]
13. One Big Happy Family [2:42]
14. Closing Credits [4:50]

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