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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When You Can't Believe Your Eyes, Trust Your Heart. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jacques LaFleurs rifle is a Steyr-Mannlicher SSG PII with double-set triggers (interestingly the rifle goes from having a standard 5-round magazine to a 10-round box magazine in the final scene of the film when LaFleur is hunting Harry in the woods.), he also carries a stainless "4 inch Colt Python. See more »

Goofs

The exit sign that leads to Mt. Rainier actually goes to Lake City Way in real life. The actual exit to Mt. Rainier at that time was ugly with construction during the filming of this movie. See more »

Quotes

[looking in an anthropology book]
George Henderson: That's Jaques LaFleur, a hunter who came in the store today.
Nancy Henderson: No, that's Richard Smith, the forestry guy who came to our... house today. That lying bastard!
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Crazy Credits

Shots of George sketching in his pad are played over the end credits, inter-cut with memorable scenes from the film playing out in sketch animation form - as though George is sketching memories of their time with Harry. See more »

Connections

References Claws (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Feet's Too Big
Written by Ada Benson and Fred Fisher
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Harry and the Hendersons
30 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Family film about a Seattle family that runs over Bigfoot, then bring him home. Good clean film all around. Rick Baker won an Oscar for make-up.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry and the Hendersons See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,154,740, 7 June 1987

Gross USA:

$29,760,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,998,613
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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