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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

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William Ontiveros ...
Sgt. Mancini (as Bill Ontiverous)
David Richardt ...
Dirty Harry Officer
Jacqueline Moscou ...
DMV Clerk
Laura Kenny ...
'Mouse' Woman
Richard Arnold ...
'Mouse' Spouse (as Richard E. Arnold)
Sean Morgan ...
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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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When You Can't Believe Your Eyes, Trust Your Heart. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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PG | See all certifications »

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bigfoot und die Hendersons  »

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$29,760,613 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Martin, who co-wrote the screenplay for Harry and the Hendersons (1987), wrote songs for Harry Nilsson's "Harry" album and is pictured (wearing a bear suit) inside the album's cover. Martin says that the character "Harry" in the film is named after Harry Nilsson. See more »

Goofs

The Hendersons' station wagon is clearly already damaged in the close-up of it hitting Harry. The headlight cover is already open instead of coming open in the crash, and damage to the left front panel is grossly exaggerated and inconsistent with hitting Harry the way they did. It also looks like the license plate is already off of the car while hitting Harry at the same time. See more »

Quotes

[LaFleur is released from the watch house]
Jacques LaFleur: Where the hell have you been?
Jerome: There was nothing I could do!
Jacques LaFleur: Oh, bullshit!
Jerome: They weren't letting anybody out until they processed those guns, and there were a lot of guns! You need a bath.
Jacques LaFleur: And what, blow my cover?
[bangs on counter]
Jacques LaFleur: Come on, come on! Give me my piece!
Police Clerk: Hey, when I'm ready, pal.
Jacques LaFleur: When he's ready...! Jerome, do something, hey!
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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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References Carrie (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Short People
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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