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 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
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
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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
David Richards
as Dirty Harry Officer
Jacqueline Moscou
as DMV Clerk
Nick Flynn
as Stuart
Laura Kenny
as Mouse Woman
Dave MacIntyre
as Billers
Richard Arnold
as Mouse Spouse
William Dear
as Sighting Man
Sean Morgan
as Jerry Seville
James King
as Bicycle Man
Juleen Murray
as Press Woman #1
Connie Craig
as Press Woman #2
Mickey Gilbert (II)
as Police Officer
Tom Hammond
as Police Officer
Michael Goodell
as Pool Man
Vern Taylor
as Jerome
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Little Bigfoot
Fred Newman
as Vocal Effects
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All Critics (18)

A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2007
Slant Magazine

Charming and silly.

June 4, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Passable family pap.

February 11, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

John Lithgow paying his dues.

April 6, 2003

Audience Reviews for Harry and the Hendersons


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.
Jens S.

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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 Cat
Directors Cat

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Family movie classic indeed...easy to see why I'd always heard it mentioned from time to time.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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