The Borrowers

  • Film
  • Family films
The nice Lender family don't realise they have Borrowers nestling under the floorboards and living off domestic scraps. Digital technology brings the tiny folk of Mary Norton's children's books to life as never before. Scampering round the kitchen, Arietty Borrower (Newbigin) is almost locked in the freezer when the lure of ice-cream proves too strong. Mum and dad (Imrie and Broadbent, a terrific team) administer a scolding, but this little fracas is as nothing compared to the upheaval that's to follow. The Lenders' great aunt, owner of the house, has died, and since lawyer Ocious Potter (Goodman) can find no will, he's announced his intention to demolish the place. Exemplary entertainment.

Release details

Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Hewitt
Screenwriter: Gavin Scott, John Kamps
Cast: John Goodman
Jim Broadbent
Mark Williams
Celia Imrie
Hugh Laurie
Ruby Wax
Flora Newbigin