Harriet the Spy (1996)

PG  |   |  Family, Comedy, Drama  |  10 July 1996 (USA)
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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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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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Family | Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

10 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Espiã  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,580,000 (USA) (12 July 1996)


$26,539,321 (USA) (8 November 1996)

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Quite alright
29 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie was not what I expected, but I was not disappointed; I was rather entertained. I'm not familiar with the books regarding Harriet the Spy, so I thought the movie was going to be about a kid who uncovered and foiled some illegal plot she stumbled across. I had no idea it was about a girl who aspired to be a writer. It was more dramatic than I expected too, but very realistic..it was about loosing friends and winning friends back-a more realistic story than uncovering and foiling an illegal plot. I loved the city scenes of the children running around Ontario in the autumn. I found it to be rather cinematographic.

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