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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  5 June 1987 (USA)
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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 "... See full summary »



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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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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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While in makeup Kevin Peter Hall's already immense height was increased to over eight feet. This is evidenced by John Lithgow (who stands at 6'4") when he stands next to Hall See more »


Harry copies the police car's siren on the freeway to get traffic to move out of their way so they can escape LaFleur. When George realizes what he's doing and sticks his head out of the window along with Harry to check where LaFleur is, the cars behind him are all stopped a long way behind him neatly and not surrounding their van as shown in all other shots of the traffic jam. See more »


Ernie Henderson: The basement. You'll love it! It's like a cave. With a pool table.
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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 »


Edited into Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012) See more »


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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27 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An unlikely creature touches the hearts of a family in this underrated beauty. John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon and the rest of the cast all fit their characters perfectly. A wonderful chemistry of happy moments, sad moments and funny moments. The conclusion is both heartbreaking and heartwarming — not your typical family-film ending, but too perfect to be rewritten. The beautiful scenery of Washington State and the costume design are also to be admired. Joe Cocker's "Love Lives On" is the perfect song for this film's end credits. Followed by an inferior television series of the same name.

**** (out of four)

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