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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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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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Bigfoot und die Hendersons  »

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

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 »

Goofs

When Ernie tells his parents that Harry "...didn't like the blue-cheese." and the camera shows the wall, it is obvious the dip had already slid down on the wall in previous takes. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: PS: Yes, in That Way (2009) See more »

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I'm Just Wild About Harry
Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
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Geeky Randy's summary
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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