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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 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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According To Science, Bigfoot Doesn't Exist. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

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

Bill Martin, who co-wrote the screenplay, wrote songs for Harry Nilsson's "Harry" album and is pictured (wearing a bear suit) inside the album's cover. Martin says that the character "Harry" in the film is named after Harry Nilsson. See more »

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

Sarah Henderson: I don't feel so good...
Ernie Henderson: Pull over, Dad. She's gonna launch.
George Henderson: Ernest!
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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

Featured in The Cinema Snob: The Geek II (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
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Geeky Randy's summary
27 January 2010 | by Geeky RandySee 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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