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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

Director:

William Dear

Writers:

William Dear, Bill Martin (as William E. Martin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lithgow ... George Henderson
Melinda Dillon ... Nancy Henderson
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Sarah Henderson
Joshua Rudoy ... Ernie Henderson
Kevin Peter Hall ... Harry
David Suchet ... Jacques Lafleur
Lainie Kazan ... Irene Moffitt
Don Ameche ... Dr. Wallace Wrightwood
M. Emmet Walsh ... George Henderson Sr.
William Ontiveros William Ontiveros ... Sgt. Mancini (as Bill Ontiverous)
David Richardt David Richardt ... Dirty Harry Officer
Jacqueline Moscou Jacqueline Moscou ... DMV Clerk
Laura Kenny Laura Kenny ... 'Mouse' Woman
Richard Arnold Richard Arnold ... 'Mouse' Spouse (as Richard E. Arnold)
Sean Morgan Sean Morgan ... Jerry Seville
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Storyline

Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "bigfoot". They think it's dead so they decide to take it home (there could be some money in this..). As you guessed, "it" isn't dead. Far from being the ferocious monster they fear "Harry" to be, he's a friendly giant. In their attempts to keep Harry a secret, the Henderson's have to hide him from the authorities and a man, who has made it his goal in life, to catch a "bigfoot". Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

According To Science, Bigfoot Doesn't Exist. When You Can't Believe Your Eyes, Trust Your Heart. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry and the Hendersons See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,760,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,998,613
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The drawing of Harry that appeared in the film was the original design of Harry done by Rick Baker. See more »

Goofs

The Hendersons' station wagon is clearly already damaged in the close-up of it hitting Harry. The headlight cover is already open instead of coming open in the crash, and damage to the left front panel is grossly exaggerated and inconsistent with hitting Harry the way they did. It also looks like the license plate is already off of the car while hitting Harry at the same time. See more »

Quotes

George Henderson: I'm not going to stand around while some animal destroys our house.
Ernie Henderson: Dad, he's not an animal!
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Crazy Credits

In the the thank you section of the credits, there is a thank you to Bigfoot. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Flashback (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
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My favorite movie as a kid!
23 April 2007 | by thefstopper82See all my reviews

I've been looking for this movie forever on DVD, my copy on tape is long gone and I hate watching the cut version when it is shown on TV. I was so addicted to this movie as a kid, when our TV broke, I plugged headphones into the VCR so I could hear it. Whats sad is I watched it so many times that I didn't mind that there was no picture, I still knew what was happening because I watched it a least 60 times beforehand. I'm so happy its finally coming out on DVD because I have a kiddo on the way and I can't wait till they are old enough to watch it with me. If you have kids and want to watch a movie everyone will like this is a definite buy. It will be watched over and over and your kids will never get tired of it, which could possibly be a bad thing. I hope this was helpful, I tried not to mention anything about the plot because it best to watch it and form your own opinion.


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