Harriet the Spy

Directed By: Bronwen Hughes Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg

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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.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40219841
UPC 097360562248
UPC 14 00097360562248
Format DVD
Release Date 3/28/2006
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Campus Life
Coming Of Age
Family (General)
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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
Quote "I want to replicate my own DNA and win the Nobel Prize!" -- Janie (VANESSA LEE CHESTER)
Quote "I want to play more baseball games than Cal Ripken Jr. and get filthy rich doing it!" -- Sport (GREGORY SMITH)
Quote "I want to see the whole world and write everything down!" -- Harriet (MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG)
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
Variety "...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
Bronwen Hughes
Michelle Trachtenberg
Cast & Crew
Gregory Smith - Actor
Michelle Trachtenberg - Actor
Rosie O'Donnell - Actor
Vanessa Lee Chester - Actor
Louise Fitzhugh - Based On Novel By
Francis Kenny - Cinematographer
Bronwen Hughes - Director
Debra Chiate - Editor
Marykay Powell - Producer
Theresa Rebeck - Screenplay
Douglas Petrie - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 05622
UPC 00097360562248
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
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Product Attributes
Actor Trachtenberg,Michel
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ted Baehr, Movie Guide One of the Top 10 family films of all time.

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