Harry and the Hendersons

Harry and the Hendersons

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Director: William Dear, John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick

Cast: William Dear, John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Harry and the Hendersons fits perfectly in the niche of Spielberg-produced family-friendly fantasy comedies that seemed to pop up all over the place throughout the mid-'80s. In the spirit of E.T., but not quite as heavy, movies like The Goonies, Innerspace, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids successfully delivered escapism and fun to viewers of all ages without asking too much in return. That's exactly what one can expect from Harry and the Hendersons. John Lithgow is perfectly cast as the long-suffering patriarch. He brings a depth to his character that certainly wasn't required, but makes the bond between his George and Kevin Peter Hall's monstrous Harry endearing and believable. Likewise, Don Ameche and David Suchet deliver top-notch performances as the conflicting sides of the scientific community. And, as always, Melinda Dillon fills her motherly role with skill and ease. Altogether, Harry and the Hendersons brings together a talented cast and a charming script, resulting in an unabashedly cute film.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2014
UPC:
0025192112133
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
19,614

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Harry...finding the missing link featurette; Making of Harry and the Hendersons; Feature commentary with director William Dear; Newswrap featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Lithgow George Henderson
Melinda Dillon Nancy Henderson
Margaret Langrick Sarah Henderson
Joshua Rudoy Ernie Henderson
Kevin Peter Hall Harry
David Suchet Jacques LaFleur
Lainie Kazan Irene Moffitt
Don Ameche Dr. Wallace Wrightwood
M. Emmet Walsh George Henderson Sr.
Bill Ontiverous Sgt. Mancini
Laura Kenny "Mouse" Woman
Sean Morgan Jerry Seville
Nick Flynn Stuart
Dave MacIntyre Billers
William Dear Sighting Man
Laurie O'brien Screaming Woman
James King Bicycle Man
Juleen Murray Press Woman #1
Mark Mitchell Press Man #1
Connie Craig Press Woman #2
Mickey Gilbert Police Officer
Tom Hammond Police Officer
Michael Goodell Pool Man
Chuck McCollum Guard
Vern Taylor Jerome
Debbie Lee Carrington Little Bigfoot
Fred Newman Vocal Effects
William Frankfather Schwarz
David Richards Dirty Harry Officer
John Bloom Feet

Technical Credits
William Dear Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Donn Cambern Editor
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
William E. Martin Screenwriter
Richard Christian Matheson Screenwriter
William Matthews Production Designer
Ezra D. Rappaport Screenwriter
Peter V. Saldutti Costumes/Costume Designer
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Spielberg Producer
L. Andrew Stone Asst. Director
Ted Adams Swanson Production Manager
Thomas Szollosi Screenwriter
Judy Taylor Casting
Jim Teegarden Set Decoration/Design
Richard Vane Producer
Don Woodruff Art Director,Production Designer

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Harry and the Hendersons 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry and the Hendersons is a feel-good movie with a message, but mileage will vary from viewer to viewer. For me and my young family, this was an hilarious account of the conversion of father (John Lithgow) from an avid hunter to a defender of Bigfoot, because the creature is revealed to have personality, intelligence, and perhaps a soul. The Henderson Family, the Scientist (Alan Ameche),and the Hunter (David Souchet) are all affected by their encounter with "Harry". The extras will show you how this magnificent creature was created, in the era before computer graphics. The film made such an impression on my six-year-old daughter that on holiday in Montana she noticed another diner at a restaurant and asked "Is that the guy who was in Harry and the Hendersons?" Sure enough, it was John Lithgow. My daughter quietly approached his table and asked if he was in Harry and the Hendersons. Lithgow responded, "Yes. That was a good movie wasn't it?" And it was a good movie. For fun, dramatic tension and redemption, this family-friendly movie could be a long-remembered event. It has been for our family.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been some time since I've seen this movie, but I highly recommend it for any age. It's sweet, funny, and you fall in love with Harry from the very start, no matter what he does. I just wish it would come out on DVD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Harry!!! I have started taking hair growth medication to be more like him. My friend Vance and I watch Harry together each Friday. You will love this film, I don't care what Ebert said! The only thing that could have improved Harry would have been a staring role for the ''Hot nasty chicken'', Jackie Chan