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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.

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William Ontiveros ...
Sgt. Mancini (as Bill Ontiverous)
David Richardt ...
Dirty Harry Officer
Jacqueline Moscou ...
DMV Clerk
Laura Kenny ...
'Mouse' Woman
Richard Arnold ...
'Mouse' Spouse (as Richard E. Arnold)
Sean Morgan ...
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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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According To Science, Bigfoot Doesn't Exist. When You Can't Believe Your Eyes, Trust Your Heart. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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PG | See all certifications »

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bigfoot und die Hendersons  »

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Gross USA:

$29,760,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,998,613
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Trivia

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Goofs

Harry copies the police car's siren on the freeway to get traffic to move out of their way so they can escape LaFleur. When George realizes what he's doing and sticks his head out of the window along with Harry to check where LaFleur is, the cars behind him are all stopped a long way behind him neatly and not surrounding their van as shown in all other shots of the traffic jam. See more »

Quotes

[George has just hung up on Sgt. Mancini when suddenly the phone rings]
George Henderson: No, no, Sergeant. No Bigfoot here. Irene!
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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

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Soundtracks

Love Lives On
Music by Barry Mann and Bruce Broughton
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil and Will Jennings
Performed by Joe Cocker
Produced by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Joe Cocker appears courtesy of Capitol Records
Coordinator for Mann/Weill Steve Tyrell
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Geeky Randy's summary
27 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

An unlikely creature touches the hearts of a family in this underrated beauty. John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon and the rest of the cast all fit their characters perfectly. A wonderful chemistry of happy moments, sad moments and funny moments. The conclusion is both heartbreaking and heartwarming — not your typical family-film ending, but too perfect to be rewritten. The beautiful scenery of Washington State and the costume design are also to be admired. Joe Cocker's "Love Lives On" is the perfect song for this film's end credits. Followed by an inferior television series of the same name.

**** (out of four)


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