Harry and the Hendersons (1987)


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While vacationing in the Pacific Northwest, the Henderson clan's dad, George (John Lithgow); mom, Nancy (Melinda Dillon); daughter, Sarah (Margaret Langrick); and son, Ernie (Joshua Rudoy), accidently run over a strange animal with their car, and when they get out to see what it is, they find the seemingly dead body of a hairy Bigfoot-type monster (Kevin Peter Hall). Believing that the creature is a grizzly bear, the Hendersons take it home, planning to stuff the beast and put it on display in … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Martin, William Dear, Ezra D. Rappaport, Thomas Szollosi, Richard Christian Matheson
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On DVD: Apr 24, 2007
Universal Pictures


as George Henderson

as Nancy Henderson

as Dr. Wallace Wrightwo...

as Sarah Henderson

as Ernie Henderson

as Jacques LaFleur

as Irene Moffat

as George Henderson Sr.

as Sergeant Mancini

as Dirty Harry Officer

as Mouse Woman

as Stuart

as Mouse Spouse

as Sighting Man

as Jerry Seville

as Bicycle Man

as Press Woman #1

as Press Man #1

as Press Woman #2

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Little Bigfoot

as Vocal Effects

as Screaming Woman
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Critic Reviews for Harry and the Hendersons

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Washington Post
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Washington Post
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A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Harry and the Hendersons

Harry and the Hendersons is an 80's classic. Not the big Steven Spielberg production it could have been, more of a welcome relief in fact. The TV show was pretty good too, Sunday afternoons of Harry and the Hendersons, Alf and then Dinosaurs were the happiest of my childhood. Harry was also a Predator, who knew!?

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


A family hits bigfoot with their car when coming back from camping and decide to take the corpse back with them to Seattle. The problem: he isn't dead, but one of the most lovable creatures ever put on film. You gotta give Kevin Peter Hall credit for expressing a lot through his eyes, but the creators of the bigfoot suit also did a terrific job. The family friendly comedy is not exactly full of surprises but good enough for a few great laughs and the usual political correct morale at the end. The furry protagonist makes up for the cheesy parts and just makes you hope you could have one at home too.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


This 80's family comedy is a passable flick and nothing more. It didn't produce a lot of laughs but it's not without it's charm.

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