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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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10 July 1996 (USA)  »

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A Pequena Espiã  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$26,539,321 (USA) (8 November 1996)
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Nickelodeon's first feature film. See more »

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When Sport plays with his dad in their apartment, someone is visible on the left side of the screen in the adjacent room of the apartment. See more »

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[the Spy Catchers are eating cake at their clubhouse; Pinky eats his slice using a wrench]
Rachel Hennessy: Someone told me the only reason you guys hang out with me is because of my mom's cake.
Pinky Whitehead: [with his mouth full] Well, it is very good cake.
[a furious Marion throws a crumpled up tin foil wrapper at Pinky causing him to flinch]
Janie Gibbs: Yeah, but how come we get these pieces and you guys get those?
Rachel Hennessy: We told you: we're officers.
Marion Hawthorne: And we need our strength.
[tosses a wrench towards Jamie]
Marion Hawthorne: You get to fix the clubhouse.
Janie Gibbs: [...]
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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 Girl to Woman (1965) See more »

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near perfect kiddie film has killer insights in soul of writing
12 July 2000 | by (west coast of AZ) – See all my reviews

with the possible exception of irvin kershner's 1966 adaptation of elliot baker's a fine madness, i don't i've seen a better translation of a book about writing into a film. sure we think of louise fitzhugh's harriet trilogy (harriet the spy, the long secret, and sport) as being about the the comic adventures of a little girl and her friends in nyc and they are; but the heart of harriet's writerly spirit comes shining through in bronwen hughes film of douglas petrie's fairly literal, and literate, adaption. there is a period update which makes some of the book's innocence play a little quaint and the kid movie necessary rapid edit kiddie silliness that saps some of the seriousness without actually attaining the levity it seeks; but by and large the film is worth taking any kid over 8 to and anyone who has ever seriously thought of writing, or even just felt a longing to express and accepted. PS the rosie odonnell billing is way over valued. Michelle Trachtenberg,as Harriet, more than ably carries the film, especially considering she was only 11 at the time.


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