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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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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)  »

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Pie Grande y los Hendersons  »

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$29,760,613 (USA)
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Trivia

Special makeup effects artist Rick Baker says that Harry is his greatest and favorite character that he created. See more »

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On the freeway, all of the vehicles in the first shots of LaFleur speeding towards the Hendersons in George's station wagon are stationary, despite many of them being way back before the impending traffic jam with huge gaps between them. See more »

Quotes

Jacques LaFleur: We both spent our whole lives chasing after that beast and we both had to stare at ourselves in the mirror every morning and keep repeating, "I am not a fool. I am not a fool." Only you finally BLUNK.
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: I finally opened my eyes.
Jacques LaFleur: [climbs in his truck] We'll find out soon enough.
[drives away]
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: Go for it, Jacques-o! Raise a ruckus. God knows I can use the business.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in TMZ on TV: Episode dated 4 October 2014 (2014) See more »

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I'm Just Wild About Harry
Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
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Best bet for family viewing. It will make you want to go out and hug a tree.
21 October 1998 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

This is a great film for the entire family to view together. Can be enjoyed by all ages, top notch family film, John Lithgow is terrific, as usual. David Suchet is great - and funny - as the bad guy. Harry the Bigfood is as lovable as Chewbacca.


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