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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

 -  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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When You Can't Believe Your Eyes, Trust Your Heart. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pie Grande y los Hendersons  »

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$29,760,613 (USA)
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Trivia

Bill Martin, who co-wrote the screenplay for Harry and the Hendersons (1987), wrote songs for Harry Nilsson's "Harry" album and is pictured (wearing a bear suit) inside the album's cover. Martin says that the character "Harry" in the film is named after Harry Nilsson. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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


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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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The All Time Best Family Movie
8 September 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

It's hard to find a good "all around" family movie. If it's something the kid will like, best bet, the parents will hate it. And if it's something mom and dad like, the kids will hate it. Harry and the Hendersons is one of the few family movies that the entire family enjoys! With a PG rating, the movie has just enough action, drama, suspense, and comedy to keep each member of the family interested. An interesting fact: The only character who curses in the entire film is the little boy? Except for hearing the word sh*t two or three times, the rest of the movie is clean for the whole family to enjoy.


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