Harry and the Hendersons

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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. ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2014
  • UPC: 025192112133
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Dubbed
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,811

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
John Bloom Feet
Debbie Lee Carrington Little Bigfoot
Connie Craig Press Woman #2
William Dear Sighting Man
Nick Flynn Stuart
William Frankfather Schwarz
Mickey Gilbert Police Officer
Michael Goodell Pool Man
Tom Hammond Police Officer
Laura Kenny "Mouse" Woman
James King Bicycle Man
Dave MacIntyre Billers
Chuck McCollum Guard
Mark Mitchell Press Man #1
Sean Morgan Jerry Seville
Juleen Murray Press Woman #1
Fred Newman Voice Only
Laurie O'brien Screaming Woman
Bill Ontiverous Sgt. Mancini
David Richards Dirty Harry Officer
Vern Taylor Jerome
M. Emmet Walsh George Henderson Sr.
Technical Credits
William Dear Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Rick Baker Makeup Special Effects, 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    How Did They Do It? The Extras Tell You How

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    Don't hesitate!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    HARRY MAKES ME HAPPY

    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

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