Harry and the Hendersons

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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 their living room. Predictably, the hirsute monster revives and is adopted by the family as a pet. Originally conceived as a TV series by comedian Brad Garrett, Harry and the Hendersons ultimately did make it to the small screen as a weekly syndicated sitcom in 1990, with Kevin Peter Hall repeating the title role during the series' first 24 episodes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

John Lithgow
as George Henderson
Melinda Dillon
as Nancy Henderson
Don Ameche
as Dr. Wallace Wrightwood
Margaret Langrick
as Sarah Henderson
Joshua Rudoy
as Ernie Henderson
David Suchet
as Jacques LaFleur
Lainie Kazan
as Irene Moffat
M. Emmet Walsh
as George Henderson Sr.
Bill Ontiverous
as Sergeant Mancini
Nick Flynn
as Stuart
Laura Kenny
as Mouse Woman
Richard Arnold
as Mouse Spouse
Sean Morgan
as Jerry Seville
William Dear
as Sighting Man
James King
as Bicycle Man
Juleen Murray
as Press Woman #1
Mark Mitchell
as Press Man #1
Connie Craig
as Press Woman #2
Mickey Gilbert (II)
as Police Officer
Tom Hammond
as Police Officer
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Little Bigfoot
Fred Newman
as Vocal Effects
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  • Oct 05, 2014
    Wildly funny, Harry and the Hendersons is a sweet and charming family comedy. While on a hunting trip George Henderson hits a big foot with his car and takes it home, but gets the surprise of his life when it turns out to still be alive. The cast is pretty good; especially John Lithgow, who does a great job at balancing the comedy with the drama. And, the make-up and design for Harry is quite impressive. Yet, the film gets a bit heavy handed with its politics. Still, the shenanigans that the Henderson family get into while dealing with a big foot living with them provides plenty of laughs. Though it has a few problems, Harry and the Hendersons is incredibly fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2011
    Family movie classic indeed...easy to see why I'd always heard it mentioned from time to time.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2011
    Not so good like apparent be. Rotten.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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