Directed By: Peter Hewitt Starring: Jim Broadbent John Goodman

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fun for the entire family

on 7/29/2013

nice film the entire family can enjoy, might be considered a kids movie but a lot of the humor is more adult-oriented.

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One young boy, pete make friends with an entire family of borrowers living in his house. Their friendship, not to mention the borrowers existence, is soon threatened when the wicked banker ocious P.Potter illegally evicts pete's family and plans to demolish their home.


Studio Universal
SKU 40176520
UPC 025192266720
UPC 14 00025192266720
Format DVD
Release Date 1/6/2004
Rating Rating
Family (General)
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Editors Note
Note Children's author Mary Norton's storybook creations, the four-inch-tall family of "borrowers" who live among humans and co-opt their possessions, get a first-rate big-screen translation. When a crooked lawyer (a gleefully over-the-top 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.
USA Today "...A marvel of visual magic....Their hidden miniature world is a clever mosaic..." 02/13/1998 p.3D
New York Times "...Charming....This visually witty film is perfectly up to date in its technological ambitions..." 02/13/1998 p.E28
Box Office "...Entertaining and imaginative....The effects are fine and the filmmaking refreshingly rich..." 03/01/1998 p.53
Premiere "...The rare children's comedy that gets laughs from viewers large and small..." 02/01/1998 p.22
Chicago Sun-Times "...THE BORROWERS is a charming, whimsical family adventure....[The film] has fun with the special effects and the cliffhanging adventures..." 02/13/1998 p.36
Peter Hewitt
Jim Broadbent
John Goodman
Cast & Crew
Hugh Laurie - Actor
Jim Broadbent - Actor
Mark Williams - Actor
John Goodman - Actor
Mary Norton - Based On Novels By
Peter Hewitt - Director
Trevor Brooker - Director of Photography
John Fenner - Director of Photography
David Freeman - Editor
Walt deFaria - Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams - Musical Score
Eric Fellner - Producer
Rachel Talalay - Producer
Tim Bevan - Producer
Gemma Jackson - Production Designer
John Kamps - Screenplay
Gavin Scott - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 22667
UPC 00025192266720
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 86 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Goodman,John
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner ...the ideal children's movie...has the earmarks of a classic-to-be.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times The Borrowers...are pests even an exterminator can love.
LA Parent The best family film...since Babe.
Susan Lambert, Boxoffice Magazine entertaining and imaginative diversion.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...charming, whimsical family adventure...

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