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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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On your case!

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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Rosie O'Donnell (Ole Golly) remembers reading Harriet the Spy when she was ten years old. See more »

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Position of items on the counter when Sport buys them at Hong Fats grocery. See more »

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Sport's Dad: [over ecstatic] Will you take a look at this. Huh? Huh? What do you think of your old man now, Sport? Ten thousand smackaroos! No more paying with change. No more, no more spaghetti. Going to feel like steak. And you know those fancy basketball sneakers with the, with the buckles and the Velcro and the crap all over them? Their yours, buddy boy, all yours!
[his phone rings, he answers it]
Sport's Dad: Hello? Murray. Hey, hey I take it all back. All agents aren't useless. Oh, I'm kidding you, I'm kidding you, ...
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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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Referenced in Bones: The Babe in the Bar (2010) See more »

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La Serenata
Composed by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Lyrics by Giovanni Alfredo Cesareo
Performed by Beniamino Gigli
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This is What Childhood is All About

Harriet the Spy is the story of an eleven-year-old girl, who has been taught to be an individual. Harriet wants to learn about people and she wants to learn how to express her thought about them. So, she decides to becomes a spy and thus eavesdrops on the nuances of the world around her. Of course, her schoolmates find her all too different, and when they learn what she has been writing about, they decide to castigate her and that is where things come to a head. Children can be cruel. Even Harriet. But they can also be hurt more profoundly. Here is a story about growing up. Like Stand By Me, it enjoys humor, but balances itself carefully between the light and dark sides of growing up. Michelle Tractenberg is nothing short of superb in her role as Harriet M. Welsch. Rediscovered as Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, here is a girl who by rights should have been placed on equal terms with Anna Paquin in Fly Away Home or Anna Chlumsky in My Girl. Harriet the Spy is an extraordinary film that bubbles out charm toward kids of any age.


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