The Borrowers (1973 film)

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The Borrowers
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The Borrowers (1973) DVD Cover
Genre Family
Fantasy
Written by Jay Presson Allen
Mary Norton (novel)
Directed by Walter C. Miller
Starring Eddie Albert
Tammy Grimes
Judith Anderson
Music by Rod McKuen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Duane Bogie
Robert Kline
Producer(s) Walt deFaria
Warren Lockhart
Frank Nesbitt (associate producer)
Running time 81 min.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
Foote, Cone and Belding Productions
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Walt DeFaria Productions
Distributor NBC
Release
Original network NBC
Original release
  • December 14, 1973 (1973-12-14)

The Borrowers is a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV special first broadcast in 1973 on NBC.[1] This made for television special is adapted from the 1952 Carnegie Medal-winning first novel[2] of author Mary Norton's The Borrowers series: The Borrowers. The film stars Eddie Albert, Tammy Grimes and Judith Anderson and was directed by Walter C. Miller.

In 1974, the special was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming and was nominated for Outstanding Children's Special (producers Duane Bogie, Walt deFaria and Warren Lockhart), Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (performer Judith Anderson), Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (performer Juul Haalmeyer) and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (director Walter C. Miller).[3]

The special tells the story of the Clock Family, tiny people who live under the floorboards in an old English house.

This movie is in the public domain.

Plot[edit]

The Clock Family are "borrowers," tiny people who live in the houses of regular sized "human beans" (a borrower mispronunciation of "human beings"). They survive by borrowing all they need from big people and try to keep their existence secret. The main characters are a teenage borrower girl named Arriety Clock and her parents, Pod and Homily. During a borrowing expedition with her father and contrary to borrower nature, Arriety befriends a human boy who lives in the home and develops a friendship with him.

The tiny family, who live under the kitchen floorboards of an old manor, are eventually discovered by the other humans who occupy the home and are forced to flee into the English countryside.

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Awards[edit]

Emmy Awards

  • 1974 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (Won)
  • 1974 Outstanding Children's Special (producers Duane Bogie, Walt deFaria and Warren Lockhart) (Nominated)
  • 1974 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (performer Judith Anderson) (Nominated)
  • 1974 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (performer Juul Haalmeyer) (Nominated)
  • 1974 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (director Walter C. Miller) (Nominated)

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