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Harriet the Spy (1996)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 10 July 1996 (USA)
Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's friends find her secret notebook the tables are turned on her. Can she win her friends back and still keep on going with the spy business?

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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's friends find her secret notebook the tables are turned on her. Can she win her friends back and still keep on going with the spy business?

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,580,000, 14 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,539,321, 10 November 1996
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Michelle Trachtenberg and Vanessa Lee Chester also appeared in 17 Again (2009). See more »

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This film is set in the United States, yet in scenes such as the "kids yelling and chasing Harriet through town" segment, landmarks unique to Toronto, the capital city, are featured blatantly, including a flowerbed in the park shaped like the Canadian maple leaf, and background shots of buildings recognized worldwide as Toronto's architecture. See more »

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Ole Golly: Good friends are one of life's blessings. Don't give them up without a fight.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, items from Harriet's spy kit (i.e. magnifying glass, flashlight, and compass) are seen interacting with the credits as they appear. See more »

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Features KaBlam! (1996) See more »

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Straitjacket
Written by Eddie Angel
Performed by Los Straitjackets
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Quit ragging on this movie!

I first saw this movie when I was nine years old. I liked it for that time. I in fact tried to emulate Harriet and her friends. But those days are over now. What I am trying to say is don't say this is an awful movie because you found it dumb. Yes, some of it may be a little...juvenile. But remember, it WAS MADE for juveniles, not adults or anyone else but the age range of 8-12. If you are between the ages of eight and twelve, and you still hated it, then yes, it is understandable. But it is ridiculous for an adult to say that they hated this movie because it is 'too juvenile'. I think this movie has a great plot and a great message to young children. Be truthful to your friends, and you will succeed beyond your dreams. I also read the book, and this movie is quite close to the book, which is a good thing for a movie to be. In totality, this is a cute movie with a good message, and if you liked the movie, read the book too.


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