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The Borrowers - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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Have you ever misplaced a sock? Some jewelry? Do you think you know where you left a pen or a spool of thread only to find that it isn't there? This perturbing state of affairs has a very simple explanation . . . The Borrowers.

Borrowers discreetly co-exist alongside humans. They reside under the floorboards of our homes and offices, taking great pains to go undetected as they ingeniously procure and live off of "borrowed" items. Though dauntless, The Borrowers must be careful, lest they be "squished" by their human hosts.

Their world exists surprisingly nearby. Under the floorboards and between our walls lies the fascinating, diminutive world of The Borrowers. It is a secret place where missing socks are used as beds, pens become bridges, postage stamps decorate walls, and walnut shells are helmets.

One young boy, Pete, has his suspicions and manages to discover and make friends with an entire family of Borrowers living in his house-a teenage girl Borrower named Arietty, her young brother, Peagreen, and their parents, Pod and Homily. Their friendship, not to mention The Borrowers' very existence, is soon threatened when the wicked banker Ocious P. Potter, played with devilish glee by the wonderful John Goodman, illegally evicts Pete's family and plans to demolish their home.

Pandemonium ensues when these tiny heroes discover Potter's plan. It is a race against time as they set out to save their home and bring the evil lawyer to justice. Neighboring Borrowers come to their aid, led by Spiller, a swashbuckling hero who rides an ingenious makeshift rocket car.

Through madcap missions, wild chases in drain pipes, and a series of comical misadventures in an obstacle-laden milk bottling factory, The Borrowers prove that size does not matter when you're on the right side. Saving Pete's house and foiling Potter's plans make for a tall order, but the tiny Borrowers are up to the challenge.

The Borrowers is an action-packed, special effects-filled adventure from PolyGram Films that will delight audiences of all ages. Directed by Peter Hewitt (Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey) the film stars John Goodman (The Flintstones, Raising Arizona) as the villainous lawyer Ocious P. Potter. Starring with Goodman are Jim Broadbent (Bullets Over Broadway), Celia Imrie, Mark Williams, Hugh Laurie and Bradley Pierce as Pete Lender.

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