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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 Harriet's 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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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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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's 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?

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On your case!

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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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:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,580,000, 14 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,539,321, 10 November 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michelle Trachtenberg did some spying in real-life when she was a bit younger. See more »

Goofs

This film is set in the United States, yet in scenes such as the "kids yelling and chasing Harriet through town" segment, landmarks unique to Toronto, the capital city, are featured blatantly, including a flowerbed in the park shaped like the Canadian maple leaf, and background shots of buildings recognized worldwide as Toronto's architecture. See more »

Quotes

Ole Golly: You know what? You're an individual, and that makes people nervous. And it's gonna keep making people nervous for the rest of your life.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, items from Harriet's spy kit (i.e. magnifying glass, flashlight, and compass) are seen interacting with the credits as they appear. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #18.1 (1997) See more »

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Get Up Offa That Thing
Written by Deanna Brown, Deidra Brown, and Yamma Brown
Performed by James Brown
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Excellent holiday viewing; wonderful acting all round.
10 April 2004 | by johnmperrySee all my reviews

I just saw this film yesterday morning - ideal relaxation for the holiday weekend. The story was OK, maybe a bit shallow for my taste - I'm haven't been a kid for a long time - but I was really taken with the acting. Everyone played his/her part beautifully, completely credible, and none was the frightful red-haired brat as used to be portrayed in children's movies.

I was particularly taken with Harriet herself, and am not surprised that she has gone on to greater things.

The main lesson learned from this film appears to be that two wrongs do not make a right. Bush note!


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