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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Langrick ...
Joshua Rudoy ...
William Ontiveros ...
Sgt. Mancini (as Bill Ontiverous)
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Jacqueline Moscou ...
Laura Kenny ...
Richard Arnold ...
'Mouse' Spouse (as Richard E. Arnold)
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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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Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pie Grande y los Hendersons  »

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Box Office


$29,760,613 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene when George (John Lithgow) sees Harry approach the deer head on the wall, and exclaims "oh dear!" had multiple meanings; one being that the director of the movie is named William Dear. See more »


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 »


Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: You've seen hundreds, thousands of pigeons, right?
George Henderson: Of course.
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Well, neither have I. I got a hunch they exist.
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Crazy Credits

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


Your Feet's Too Big
Written by Ada Benson and Fred Fisher
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A great feel good family movie!
17 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WE happened to catch this movie again on the PAX channel and start getting completely captivated once again by its funny scenes, and Harrys reaction to everything he encounters, from the family to the things in the house and its eventual feel good conclusion! I think one of the most touching scenes is when he encounters a deer head mounted on the wall and knocks out a hole in the wall to look for the hind part of the deer.......makes one wonder why people like to hunt in the first place, especially seeing it from Harry's perspective.......well, sit back and enjoy the movie, you will be glad you did, and have a kid or two with you..........OK? shar from oHIo........

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