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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  5 June 1987 (USA)
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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 a secret from the authorities and a hunter who has made it his goal in life to catch "Bigfoot".



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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?


A sequel would had seen The Henderson's reunite with Harry. In a way, the TV series, which is based on the film, could be a "what if..." What if Harry never went back to the forest and back to his own family at the end of the film? and if he had decided to stay with the Hendersons? See more »


The side of Ernie's face and the steadiness in his speech shows that Joshua Rudoy's voice was added in later when he runs to get the camera in the closet. See more »


Irene: Kim Chi!
[Storming to the garden]
Irene: Kim Chi! Kim CHI!
Kim Lee: My name is Kim LEE, not Kim CHI!
Irene: You killed them!
Kim Lee: [Notices the cut roses] Oh, NO!
Irene: Where are my precious little babies?
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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 »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »


I'm Just Wild About Harry
Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
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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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