Harry and the Hendersons

Directed By: William Dear Starring: John Lithgow

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BigFoot Favorite

by GMc on 9/25/2007

Outstanding makeup by Rick Baker makes for a Bigfoot you can't help but like. At times, the movie seems to be pushing for sympathy for a family that accidently collides with a large, furry hominid, and then takes the creature to their home but the performances are solid, the humor is real, and Harry, once washed, is priceless. A good family movie and overall a classic.

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Great family movie!

on 1/17/2009

This is a great movie that you can watch with your whole family. It also has some nostalgia associated with it - my 24 year old daughter asked for a copy for Christmas. She remembered us watching it together when she was a child and is now introducing it to some of her friends.

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A chance car accident introduces the hendersons to the real life bigfoot who is anything but ferocious. They're soon in a race against the clock to return 'harry' to his natural environment before the authorities capture him.


Studio Universal
SKU 204035493
UPC 025195003506
UPC 14 00025195003506
Format DVD
Release Date 5/12/2009
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note An easy-going father's life is suddenly turned upside down when his car hits a real-life bigfoot. Thinking it's dead, they bring it home only to find that it is quite alive. Trying to hide their furry friend as they race to get him back to his natural environment isn't so easy. Academy Award Nominations: Best Makeup.
Plot Summary
Summary George Henderson takes his family on a hunting trip in the Pacific Northwest, where they discover the legendary Bigfoot when it accidentally stumbles in front of their station wagon and gets run over. Excited by his rare find, George straps the monster to the roof of the car and takes it back to the Seattle suburbs. But the beast turns out to be alive and within minutes has transformed their dream home into a pile of drywall and splinters. They soon discover, however, that the creature has a genuine heart of gold as well as a brain, and they grow quite fond of the family's new addition. This makes things all the worse when local hunters start setting their sights on the Henderson's beloved, oversized pet.
William Dear
John Lithgow
Cast & Crew
Allen Daviau - Cinematographer
Don Ameche - Actor
Donald B. Woodruff - Art Director
Donn Cambern - Editor
George Koblasa - Cinematographer
James D. Bissell - Production Designer
John Lithgow - Actor
M. Emmet Walsh - Actor
Melinda Dillon - Actor
Richard Vane - Producer
Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer
William Dear - Director
William Dear, et. al. - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 61100420
UPC 00025195003506
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (1998) Oscar, Rick Baker, Best Makeup
ReviewSource Variety
Review Harry and the Hendersons is proof that the folks at Amblin Entertainment, a.k.a. Steven Spielberg's production company, can't keep using the same E.T. formula for every kiddie pic. Here, they've taken Big Foot, put him in Chewbacca's leftover Star Wars costume and given him E.T.'s sweet disposition - resulting in a lobotomized hairy animal who is so wimpy, it's painful...The excitement and suspense of running into Big Foot, later named Harry (Kevin Peter Hall), is wrapped up in the first few minutes of the film when Dad (John Lithgow) runs over the beast in the family stationwagon and takes him home to Seattle...Mom (Melinda Dillon) is genuinely good-natured, with a bratty son (Joshua Rudoy) and a very obedient teenage daughter (Margaret Langrick) to complement Dad's growing hysteria as Harry is sighted around town. Screenwriters milk it for all it's worth.
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Special Edition, English, French, Spanish, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Lithgow,John
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Michael Clawson, West Valley View Fun, one-of-a-kind, and sometimes scary, adventure/comedy with the always-delightful, John Lithgow.
Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com A warm and fuzzy family adventure about why you can't domesticate a sasquatch.

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