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Borrowers
Borrowers
Actors: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin
Director: Peter Hewitt
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     1998     1hr 29min

The popular children's books by Mary Norton have been filmed before, but never with as much imagination and ingenuity as you'll find on display in this delightful fantasy film released to critical praise in 1998. The "Borr...  more »

     

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Actors: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin
Director: Peter Hewitt
Creators: Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Mary Richards, Gavin Scott, John Kamps, Mary Norton
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, 3-6 Years, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Adapted from Books, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Polygram Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/19/1998
Original Release Date: 02/13/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 02/13/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Kendra M. (KendraM) from NASHVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 1/13/2008...
If you order this movie from swapadvd, please be certain you write the sender and specifically ask if this is the John Goodman version or the Eddie Albert version from 1973. I rec'd the Eddie Albert version instead of the John Goodman version which I wanted. Although the upc codes are completely different, this version comes up when entering the other code.

Both versions are very good-- the first one, with Eddie Albert is truer to Mary Norton's book. But, this one is funnier and the kids like it much more.

I've written the Help Desk, but the corrections to the site haven't been made as yet. Personally, I think the sender of the dvd has an obligation to inform the requester that they are sending a different version-- but you never know!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Fun Adaptation of Norton Classic
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 06/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Not the Borrowers, but...
Laughing Gravy | Sacramento, CA United States | 12/24/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Good for the whole family
Sir Bowen | Houston, TX USA | 08/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."