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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch after accidentally running him over on a hunting trip, but have a hard time trying to keep him away from the authorities and an eccentric hunter who's determined to catch "Bigfoot".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "bigfoot". They think it's dead so they decide to take it home (there could be some money in this..). As you guessed, "it" isn't dead. Far from being the ferocious monster they fear "Harry" to be, he's a friendly giant. In their attempts to keep Harry a secret, the Henderson's have to hide him from the authorities and a man, who has made it his goal in life, to catch a "bigfoot". Written by Rob Hartill

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He Wasn't Invited, But He's Not An Intruder. He's Not Exactly A Friend, But He's Becoming Part Of The Family. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pie Grande y los Hendersons  »

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$29,760,613 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Hendersons' station wagon is a 1970 Ford LTD Country Squire. See more »


At the end, when Harry is going back to the forest, the dog can be seen barking but no sound of barking is audible. See more »


Jerry Seville: Good morning, Seattle!
George Henderson: God, I hate this guy.
Nancy Henderson: I'll turn it off.
George Henderson: No let me hate him. It'll keep me awake before the coffee kicks in.
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Crazy Credits

In the the thank you section of the credits, there is a thank you to Bigfoot. See more »


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Your Feet's Too Big
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A true "Family Movie", John Lithgow & Harry are a great combo!
10 April 2003 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

"Harry" a bigfoot, unintentionally becomes part of the Henderson family as they try to figure out what to do with a 500 lb. 'thing' they soon discover is more human than animal. You'll cry with laughter while Harry makes himself comfortable in the Henderson's undersized house (for him). And, by the end of the movie, you'll just plain cry as the family struggles with the tough choice between keeping Harry safe from his hunters and the world-at-large, and sending him back into the wild.

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