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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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Storyline

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 »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pie Grande y los Hendersons  »

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$29,760,613 (USA)
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Trivia

In one scene, John Lithgow's character complains to his wife, portrayed by Melinda Dillon, that as a boy when he asked for artist's paints for Christmas that his dad gave him a BB gun. This is clearly a send off to 1983's A Christmas Story (1983), where the lead character Ralphie's quest was to receive a BB gun for Christmas. Melinda Dillon played Ralphie's mom. See more »

Goofs

Harry crashes his head through the Hendersons' ceiling, but in the next scene it's undamaged. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: You've seen hundreds, thousands of pigeons, right?
George Henderson: Of course.
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Well, neither have I. I got a hunch they exist.
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Crazy Credits

Shots of George sketching in his pad are played over the end credits, inter-cut with memorable scenes from the film playing out in sketch animation form - as though George is sketching memories of their time with Harry. See more »

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Soundtracks

Love Lives On
Music by Barry Mann and Bruce Broughton
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil and Will Jennings
Performed by Joe Cocker
Produced by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Joe Cocker appears courtesy of Capitol Records
Coordinator for Mann/Weill Steve Tyrell
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You will fall in love with Harry!
22 May 2000 | by (Franklin, TN) – See all my reviews

You will fall in love with Harry and wish that Bigfoot / Sasquatch was real. A funny, endearing movie! There are several messages along the way: 1) Some humans are more beastly than animals; 2) Forgiveness is a powerful healer; and 3) Protect the wilderness, for it contains many wonderful things that are not always apparent to us. This movie is a family favorite!


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