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The Borrowers

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They're charming and small and live behind the wall. They're The Borrowers, tiny people whose big family adventure is filled with some of the most eye-popping effects ever seen on film. Based on the beloved classic novels by Mary Norton, and starring John Goodman, The Borrowers is a film treat to be enjoyed by people of all sizes!

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Audio description is available in English, French and Spanish.

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    • Actors: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams, Celia Imrie, Hugh Laurie
    • Directors: Peter Hewitt
    • Writers: Gavin Scott, John Kamps
    • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Rachel Talalay
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Audio Description: English, French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
    • Run Time: 86 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00007ELEM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Borrowers" on IMDb

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    28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on June 28, 2004
    Format: DVD
    I just had the opportunity to see the film The Borrowers starring John Goodman as the evil Mr. Potter. Overall the movie is fun and entertaining and it has been so long since I read the books that I can't be sure the weak points originate in the movie (although I believe they do).
    The movie is based upon a series of books by Mary Norton about a race of small people who live in the cracks and walls of the world and are known for borrowing things from humans (or beings). The story centers around one borrower family who are the last of their kind in an old house. Their existence is threatened when the evil Mr. Potter sees to kicking out the being inhabitants in order to knock the house down. There then follows a series of adventures as borrowers and beings alike try to save the house from destruction.
    The weak points in the movie concern anachronisms. For the most part the movie is set decades ago as in the books. But annoying anachronisms pop up such as a cellular phone and an in-door ice maker. Considering the vintage of the vehicles on the street these items really stand out. But despite the anachronisms the movie remains entertaining with some very good performances from Goodman and the rest of the cast.
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    34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Gravy on December 24, 2002
    Format: DVD
    The only way to enjoy this film is if you haven't read the wonderful books by Mary Norton. The characters share the size, but few of the memorable traits of Pod, Homily, and Arrietty, the wonderful family that lives under the kitchen. This adaptation is more of a cross between MOUSE HUNT, HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS, and HOME ALONE than anything in THE BORROWERS books. I was very disappointed, and could not get involved in the story. For little kids only, although you should really read them the books and skip the film.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sir Bowen on August 13, 2001
    Format: DVD
    This movie is a great one for everyone to watch together, as it can interest anyone, from very young kids to adults.
    The miniaturization effects didn't seem particularly advanced - I wasn't wowed by any technical advances I saw. But I would say that they were very imaginably used, making for some cute scenes that were refreshing. They were also carefully done, minimizing the "fakey" feel and letting you concentrate on the story.
    The DVD version has a cool "making of The Borrowers" featurette that shows how the special effects were done, which is fun to watch after you've seen the movie.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Old Gal on November 9, 2006
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    I had read The Borrowers in a magazine installment with my Great Grandmother. Then, I could hardly wait for the next month's magazine installment to arrive. I then reread the books with my daughter [who is now 32 years old] when she was about 12 years old. We wanted to share this DVD of The Borrowers with her son, my 4 year old grandson. That is why I purchased this item. We FORCED ourselves to watch almost half of the DVD, and then we all said, "Yes, let's shut it off." And we haven't watched any more of it. This new version is very contrived, with not much connection to the original story! I would like to perhaps buy a copy of the old original version sometime, but this version has soured me for a while on The Borrowers.
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    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2001
    Format: VHS Tape
    I have been fortunate to see all three adaptations of THE BORROWERS on video back to back. A pleasant experience I must say with each film having slightly different plot developments to keep me interested. The Eddie Albert TV version of the early 70's (four stars) had charm due to its modest budget (and uneven acting), and had it's stage-like dramatic moments. Today's children might squirm, but back then kids could really sit still for a good story. The Turner-BBC miniseries THE BORROWERS and BBC follow-up RETURN OF THE BORROWERS (both five stars) will always be the definitive and most believable work due to a stellar cast (including Sir Ian Holm as Pod Clock), faithful story-line (in what appeared to be on location to a tee), perfect camera work, no CDI effects, and about 7 hours or so to tell the entire epic saga with more adventures than a dozen movies rolled in together. The latest version (three and a half stars)...is too heavily influenced by "Home Alone" antics, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" peril, and "Toy Story" marketing (great films, but who wants to be reminded of other films?), and relies too much on computer effects over solid direction (the actors are great but are given very little room to act), has its moments (namely in set design, special effects, and aforementioned variations of other movies) but ultimately does not live up to the potential reached in earlier versions. Eye candy is just that. Mary Norton's novel (she also wrote 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'), is full proof and adaptation safe so it is not a bad film at all, just that this film is best served as a tasty dessert to the other more-filling versions which offer great character devlopment, and teaches children and adults a thing or two about morality and mortality.Read more ›
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    7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2004
    Format: DVD
    The movie is very loosely based upon a book by Mary Norton about the Clock family, small people (about six inches tall) who live underneath the floorboards of a house, surviving by borrowing things from humans "beans". When they are discovered, they are forced to move.

    I was very disappointed with this movie. The only way to enjoy this film is if you haven't read the books. The acting was good, if over the top, but that was the kind of acting needed in a film like this, which seemed to be a combination of "Home Alone" and "Mouse Hunt". But the direction was very odd. The movie seemed to be set in the 1950's, yet characters in the movie used a remote for the (black and white) TV and a cellular phone. The costuming was also odd. Yes, they had to make do with what they could "borrow" to make clothes, but their outfits, and the really odd hairdos, made them look like creatures from another planet. Also, have the cast was British and half was American, which added to the confusion about what world the movie was set in.

    On the other hand, the special effects were quite good. The best part of the DVD is the sequence that shows how the special effects were done. It was very interesting, but it used too many clips from the movie and not enough clips of how they did the special affects. There are also interviews with the cast, with the exception of John Goodman.

    Little kids will like this movie, but adults should stay away.
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