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Harry and the Hendersons

Still of Melinda Dillon and Margaret Langrick in Harry and the HendersonsStill of Don Ameche, John Lithgow and Melinda Dillon in Harry and the HendersonsStill of John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Lainie Kazan and Margaret Langrick in Harry and the HendersonsStill of John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon and Margaret Langrick in Harry and the HendersonsHarry and the HendersonsStill of John Lithgow and Melinda Dillon in Harry and the Hendersons

Plot

Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road…

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 5.6/10 (11,206 voted)

Director:
William Dear

Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick

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".

Writers: William Dear, Bill Martin

Cast:

John Lithgow

George Henderson


Melinda Dillon

Nancy Henderson


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.


Bill Ontiverous

Sgt. Mancini


David Richardt

Dirty Harry Officer


Jacqueline Moscou

DMV Clerk


Laura Kenny

'Mouse' Woman


Richard Arnold

'Mouse' Spouse

(as Richard E. Arnold)


Sean Morgan

Jerry Seville

Taglines:
According To Science, Bigfoot Doesn't Exist.

Release Date: 5 June 1987

Filming Locations: Index, Washington, USA

Gross: $29,760,613
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

M. Emmet Walsh plays John Lithgow's father, when in actuality Walsh is only 10 years older than Lithgow.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
The Hendersons' station wagon is clearly already damaged in the close-up of it hitting Harry. The headlight cover is already open instead of coming open in the crash, and damage to the left front panel is grossly exaggerated and inconsistent with hitting Harry the way they did.

Quotes:

George Henderson:
[on the phone]
No, no, no Bigfoot here, Sergeant. I was just joking. It's just a prank, uh, I'm not even George Henderson. You must have reached the wrong number.
[hangs up]

George Henderson:
We're on our own.



User Review

You will fall in love with Harry!

Rating: 9/10

You will fall in love with Harry and wish that Bigfoot / Sasquatch was
real.
A funny, endearing movie! There are several messages along the way: 1)
Some humans are more beastly than animals; 2) Forgiveness is a powerful
healer; and 3) Protect the wilderness, for it contains many wonderful
things
that are not always apparent to us. This movie is a family
favorite!