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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)


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Release Date: Jun 5, 1987 Limited



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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


Comedy, Kids & Family

William Dear, Bill Martin

Apr 24, 2007

Universal Pictures

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A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Up there with E.T, as one of the top family flicks of the 80s

April 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Just as Mac and Me eventually devolved into a feature-length commercial for McDonald's, Harry and the Hendersons eventually emerges as a vegetarian screed.

April 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

Charming and silly.

June 5, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Passable family pap.

February 11, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

John Lithgow paying his dues.

April 6, 2003

Fun, one-of-a-kind, and sometimes scary, adventure/comedy with the always-delightful, John Lithgow.

August 1, 2002

Spielbergian sentimentality at its ickiest

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

A warm and fuzzy family adventure about why you can't domesticate a sasquatch.

July 26, 2002

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!?
June 18, 2012

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.
May 16, 2012

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.
January 7, 2012
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