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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michelle Trachtenberg and Vanessa Lee Chester (Harriet and Janie) star in the movie 17 Again (2009) as Maggie (Michelle) and a cheerleader (Vanessa). See more »


When Harriet's parents confront her about her retaliation against the other students who have bullied her, Mrs. Welsch claims that Laura Peters' parents have called to inform her and Mr. Welsch that Laura has locked herself in the bathroom and won't come out (after having had her long braid cut off by Harriet). However, in a scene taking place between Laura's "haircut" and the angry phone calls, a short-haired Laura is seen with the other girls throwing spitballs on the ceiling of the school restroom and laughing, not seeming even the least bit upset about having all of her hair hacked off. See more »


Ole Golly: Just because you're going to be alone now doesn't mean the world stops turning. You'll keep writing in your notebooks and when you're grown up and you publish your first novel, I'll be first in line at that bookstore, getting an autographed copy.
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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 »


Features KaBlam! (1996) See more »


Get Up Offa That Thing
Written by Deanna Brown, Deidra Brown, and Yamma Brown
Performed by James Brown
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Quit ragging on this movie!
25 June 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

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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