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Harriet the Spy (1996)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 10 July 1996 (USA)
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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when her 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?

Director:

Bronwen Hughes

Writers:

Louise Fitzhugh (novel), Greg Taylor (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Harriet M. Welsch
Gregory Smith ... Sport
Vanessa Chester ... Janie Gibbs (as Vanessa Lee Chester)
Rosie O'Donnell ... Ole Golly
J. Smith-Cameron ... Mrs. Welsch
Robert Joy ... Ben Welsch
Eartha Kitt ... Agatha K. Plummer
Charlotte Sullivan ... Marion Hawthorne
Teisha Kim Teisha Kim ... Rachel Hennessy
Cecilley Carroll Cecilley Carroll ... Beth Ellen Hansen
Dov Tiefenbach ... Boy with Purple Socks
Nina Shock Nina Shock ... Carrie Andrews
Conor Devitt Conor Devitt ... Pinky Whitehead
Alisha Morrison Alisha Morrison ... Laura Peters
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Miss Elson
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Storyline

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when her 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?

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

See the world through the eyes of a spy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Michelle Trachtenberg and Vanessa Lee Chester also appeared in 17 Again (2009). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[the Spy Catchers are eating cake at their clubhouse; Pinky eats his slice using a wrench]
Rachel Hennessy: Someone told me the only reason you guys hang out with me is because of my mom's cake.
Pinky Whitehead: [with his mouth full] Well, it is very good cake.
[a furious Marion throws a crumpled up tin foil wrapper at Pinky causing him to flinch]
Janie Gibbs: Yeah, but how come we get these pieces and you guys get those?
Rachel Hennessy: We told you: we're officers.
Marion Hawthorne: And we need our strength.
[tosses a wrench towards Jamie]
Marion Hawthorne: You get to fix the clubhouse.
Janie Gibbs: [...]
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Crazy Credits

After the Paramount Pictures logo, there's a Nickelodeon bumper with a purple rhino See more »

Connections

Referenced in Yes, Dear: Christine the Spy (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

La Serenata
Composed by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Lyrics by Giovanni Cesareo (as Giovanni Alfredo Cesareo)
Performed by Beniamino Gigli
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Quit ragging on this movie!
25 June 2003 | by D1andOnlySee all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was nine years old. I liked it for that time. I in fact tried to emulate Harriet and her friends. But those days are over now. What I am trying to say is don't say this is an awful movie because you found it dumb. Yes, some of it may be a little...juvenile. But remember, it WAS MADE for juveniles, not adults or anyone else but the age range of 8-12. If you are between the ages of eight and twelve, and you still hated it, then yes, it is understandable. But it is ridiculous for an adult to say that they hated this movie because it is 'too juvenile'. I think this movie has a great plot and a great message to young children. Be truthful to your friends, and you will succeed beyond your dreams. I also read the book, and this movie is quite close to the book, which is a good thing for a movie to be. In totality, this is a cute movie with a good message, and if you liked the movie, read the book too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harriet the Spy See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,601,651, 14 July 1996

Gross USA:

$26,570,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,570,048
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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