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Format: DVD
Sku: 40219841
UPC: 097360562248
UPC 14: 00097360562248
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Harriet m welsch is probably the world's most accomplished 11 year old spy. Harriet dreams of being a writer, and her nanny and best friend golly told her to start by writing down everything she sees. It's all in good fun until harriet's friends find her secret spy notebook. They don't like what harriet's written.

"One of the Top 10 family films of all time.  Ted Baehr, Movie Guide

Editor's Note
Eleven-year-old Harriet's (Michelle Trachtenberg) obsession for observation is well-chronicled in her most treasured possession: a notebook marked "Private," in which she collects her frequently unflattering--though accurate--thoughts about those around her. When her classmates discover her penchant for "spying," however, they're anything but amused. Adapted from the 1964 book by Louise Fitzhugh.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/28/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05622
Video UPC UPC: 00097360562248
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gregory Smith
Video Cast Info Michelle Trachtenberg
Video Cast Info Rosie O'Donnell
Video Cast Info Vanessa Lee Chester
Video Cast Info Louise Fitzhugh - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Francis Kenny - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Bronwen Hughes - Director
Video Cast Info Debra Chiate - Editor
Video Cast Info Marykay Powell - Producer
Video Cast Info Theresa Rebeck - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Douglas Petrie - Screenplay
Plot Summary
The film adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh's bestselling children's novel, about Harriet, an independent, intelligent girl whose aspiration to become a writer ultimately lands her in some very hot water...| Encouraged by her sharp nanny, Harriet secretly begins writing about her observations of the world around her. This includes VERY candid (and often uncomplimentary) things about her schoolmates and buddies, including her two best friends.| But Harriet's life is turned upside-down when classmates find her treasured notebook and read it aloud for everyone to hear. Feeling insulted and betrayed, the kids then retaliate against Harriet in the cruelest of ways. The young writer, now hated, isolated and embarrassed, must find a way to rebound from this unenviable situation.

Memorable Quotes

"I want to replicate my own DNA and win the Nobel Prize!" ---- Janie (VANESSA LEE CHESTER)

"I want to play more baseball games than Cal Ripken Jr. and get filthy rich doing it!" ---- Sport (GREGORY SMITH)

"I want to see the whole world and write everything down!" ---- Harriet (MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG)

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...This spunky movie takes daring detours all the time..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 07/10/1996 p.8D

Entertainment Weekly
"...WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE for pre-adolescents....The glee and neurotic terror of a kid lurching into adult consciousness..." -- Rating: B 07/19/1996 pp.58-9

"...A sweet-natured morality tale....Trachtenberg is fresh and natural....Her interactions with O'Donnell, who lends her character the right balance of eccentricity and maturity, are particularly enjoyable..." 07/15/1996

New York Times
"...[Trachtenberg] gives a performance that is endearing..." 07/10/1996 p.C11

Los Angeles Times
"...A smart-kid movie, with big lessons and even some subtlety..." 07/10/1996 p.F4

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
The materials are here for a better film. The director, Bronwen Hughes, has made one more suited for the after-school slot on Nickelodeon than for theatrical release, where it simply isn't in the same league with The Secret Garden or A Little Princess (whose Vanessa Lee Chester plays a best pal again this time).

Still, sometimes the materials of a movie like this work on audiences not much concerned with style or polish. Harriet is a good role model, a smart, curious girl who keeps her eyes open and writes everything down. - Roger Ebert

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
As I look back over this summer's general releases, I have to admit that, at least to date, Harriet the Spy stands alongside, if not slightly above, the best of them. Hopefully, the same fate will not befall this movie as that which sunk last year's A Little Princess. This is as entertaining a family film as is likely to come out all year, topping Disney's lukewarm The Hunchback of Notre Dame and towering well above Flipper. And you certainly don't need children by your side to appreciate what Harriet the Spy has to offer. As the cliche goes, good things do indeed come in small packages. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Trachtenberg,Michel
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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