History Film / TheBorrowers1997

28th Jul '17 6:53:41 PM ThePocket
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* IdiotPlot: Instead of just ''giving'' her will to her lawyer, the Lenders' aunt hides it in the house because she "doesn't trust bankers" (how do bankers even factor into it?)... but then she tells him where it is anyway, and doesn't tell anyone else, including the relatives who are living there and whom she's leaving the house to. Apparently she didn't tell anyone the safe combination either. Ironically, this is why Potter's scheme ''fails''; having to sneak into the house to steal the will is why the Borrowers were able to steal it from him. If he'd just had the will all along, he surely would have just destroyed it. Meanwhile, the Lenders seem strangely unsuspicious that their aunt's executor claims there's no will, that the house reverts to him without one, and just happens to be planning to demolish it and turn it into profitable condos.
28th Jul '17 6:53:11 PM ThePocket
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* IdiotPlot: Instead of just ''giving'' her will to her lawyer, the Lenders' aunt hides it in the house because she "doesn't trust bankers" (how do bankers even factor into it?)... but then she tells him where it is anyway, and doesn't tell anyone else, including the relatives who are living there and whom she's leaving the house to. Apparently she didn't tell anyone the safe combination either. Ironically, this is why Potter's scheme ''fails''; having to sneak into the house to steal the will is why the Borrowers were able to steal it from him. If he'd just had the will all along, he surely would have just destroyed it. Meanwhile, the Lenders seem strangely unsuspicious that their aunt's executor claims there's no will, that the house reverts to him without one, and just happens to be planning to demolish it and turn it into profitable condos.



* MorallyBankruptBanker: Potter is a lawyer, not a banker, but he is in the real estate business (much like [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife that other Potter]]) and his scheme to acquire the Lenders' home and turn it into condos is very similar to how corrupt bankers in fiction are always conspiring to foreclose on people and repurpose their property.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The film's setting contains elements of the US and the UK with the use of both American and British actors adding to the ambiguity of it all. While the exterior scenes were filmed in Theale, it is likely that the film is indeed set in a British city, with Potter, the Lenders and the receptionist at City Hall (played by Ruby Wax) all being expatriates.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The film's setting contains elements of the US and the UK with the use of both American and British actors adding to the ambiguity of it all. While And the exterior scenes were filmed in Theale, it is likely cars are all old-fashioned to boot. If you look closely, you can see that the film is indeed cars are right-hand-drive, but everyone also drives on the right side of the road. Bonus points for the obviously-hand-painted skyline in the distance -- all the skyscrapers have pointy roofs like houses. The set designers were apparently aiming for maximum quaintness. Maybe it takes place in a British city, with Potter, the Lenders and the receptionist at City Hall (played by Ruby Wax) all being expatriates.same fictional not-quite-England, not-quite-America country that Creator/RoaldDahl adaptations tend to be set in.
13th Mar '17 7:25:51 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 comedy/fantasy film directed by Peter Hewitt, loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), Creator/JimBroadbent as Pod Clock and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.

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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 comedy/fantasy film directed by Peter Hewitt, loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman (as the as Ocious P. Potter (the Borrowers' main human adversary), adversary) and Creator/JimBroadbent as Pod Clock Clock, and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.
13th Mar '17 7:24:16 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), Creator/JimBroadbent as Pod Clock and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.

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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie comedy/fantasy film directed by Peter Hewitt, loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), Creator/JimBroadbent as Pod Clock and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.
26th Jan '17 7:24:44 AM Aurelian
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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.

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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), Creator/JimBroadbent as Pod Clock and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.
17th Jan '17 6:15:08 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on [[Literature/TheBorrowers the book of the same name by Mary Norton]]. It stars John Goodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.

The film takes a far more urban setup, overturns the idea that the Borrowers have a low population (the ending is rather like that of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''), and in general is not as faithful to the books as the original movies were. It at least avoided being InNameOnly by keeping the members of the Clock family more-or-less true to their book characterizations, although even there they recast Peagreen (a minor character in the books) as Arrietty's AnnoyingYoungerSibling. It also pretty much dropped the original plot in favor of one centering around the scheme of Goodman's AmoralAttorney villain to demolish the house where the Borrowers live.

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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers the book of the same name name]] by Mary Norton]]. Norton. It stars John Goodman Creator/JohnGoodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.

The film takes a far more urban setup, setup than the book, overturns the idea that the Borrowers have a low population (the ending is rather like that of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''), and in general is not as faithful to the books as the original movies were. It at least avoided being InNameOnly by keeping the members of the Clock family more-or-less true to their book characterizations, although even there they recast Peagreen (a minor character in the books) as Arrietty's AnnoyingYoungerSibling. It also pretty much dropped the original plot in favor of one centering around the scheme of Goodman's AmoralAttorney villain to demolish the house where the Borrowers live.
14th Jan '17 3:21:39 AM drumlip
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* DrivenToMadness: By the end of the film, Potter has been through so much that he has lost his mind completely, babbling inanely about Borrowers and smiling as he is thrown into prison.
2nd Dec '16 2:51:20 PM Puterboy1
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* AnachronismStew: Mr. Potter has a mobile cellphone in a time that otherwise greatly resembles the Sixties.

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* AnachronismStew: Mr. Potter has a mobile cellphone in a time that otherwise greatly resembles the Sixties.Sixties, Fifties or Forties.
2nd Dec '16 2:50:07 PM Puterboy1
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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on [[Literature/TheBorrowers the book of the same name by Mary Norton]]. It stars John Goodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), and also features a young Creator/TomFelton as one of the Borrowers.

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''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 movie loosely based on [[Literature/TheBorrowers the book of the same name by Mary Norton]]. It stars John Goodman (as the Borrowers' main human adversary), and also features a young Creator/TomFelton as one of the Borrowers.
in his film debut.



* ColorWash: Everything is orange, for no readily apparent reason.

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* ColorWash: Everything Most of the film is orange, for no readily apparent reason.filtered with an orange/yellowish tint, with the latter half of the film going towards normal colors. This effect is most likely used to evoke the strange atmosphere of the film



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The film's setting contains elements of the US and the UK with the use of both American and British actors adding to the ambiguity of it all.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The film's setting contains elements of the US and the UK with the use of both American and British actors adding to the ambiguity of it all. While the exterior scenes were filmed in Theale, it is likely that the film is indeed set in a British city, with Potter, the Lenders and the receptionist at City Hall (played by Ruby Wax) all being expatriates.
13th Jul '16 3:56:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: The whole Clock family, but prominently Arrietty.
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