Harry and the Hendersons

Harry and the Hendersons

DVD - 2007
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A chance car accident introduces the Henderson family to the real-life Bigfoot, who is anything but a ferocious monster. He quickly becomes a true friend of the family. They're soon in a race against the clock to return "Harry' to his natural environment before the authorities capture him.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Special ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY Harr
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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iamthethorn25
Feb 12, 2018

Favorite movie as a kid. Who doesn't want to pet a squatch.. oh and absolutely they are real. Go to northern Ontario ,Manitoba.

Indigenous people know what's up..it's about time we embrace their culture and stop our destructive way of life with the killing of NATURE

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Me_Tarzan
Nov 10, 2017

If I were to choose just one, single word to best describe this "shaggy" comedy called Harry and the Hendersons (that's HATH, for short), that word would definitely have to be - "Cute".

Yeah. "Cute" pretty much sums up HATH to a "T".

It's plainly obvious that the audience which HATH is aimed at is, of course, children - But, what the heck - Can't a big kid at heart, like Fuzzy Wuzzy here, enjoy being entertained by this thing, too?

HATH's total appeal rests solely on the big, broad shoulders of the Harry character, who just happens to be the most adorable, and, yes, cutest Sasquatch that you're ever gonna set your peepers on.

Of course, Harry isn't particularly cute, or adorable, at first, though. No way.

To begin with, Harry is mainly a mean and ornery cuss, as only a bona fide Sasquatch (suddenly removed from his own environment) could possibly be expected to be. It's the Henderson's (especially George) who teach Harry about the rewarding benefits of cuteness and adorability, and, of course, the necessity of bathing.

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pl8
Jun 29, 2015

This film is filled with inaccuracies. For instance they don't even mention the size 37 footprint found in the mud behind the grassy knoll.

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rslade
Aug 30, 2014

I watched it again because of David Suchet's part, but it stands up well as a comedy with a number of different messages.

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dmarkwind
May 09, 2011

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a quarter of a century since Harry and the Hendersons first came out. It still holds up as a simultaneously funny and touching film. The setup is that a family goes camping and literally runs into bigfoot on the way home. Thinking the creature is dead, dad, played by John Lithgow, takes the body home expecting to get rich from his discovery. Of course, Harry’s not really dead and when he comes around in the suburban setting, he wrecks havoc, while at the same time befriending the family and putting them in greater touch with their own humanity. The public doesn’t want to hear anything except that the giant creature is a manical monster and there’s also an obsessed hunter on Harry’s trail, thus making it a race to get him back where he belongs. A lot of the credit for making this work has to go to Kevin Peter Hall, the seven foot-two-inch actor under the makeup who gives the titular character his humanity. Hall was also seen as the mutant bear in Prophecy and the alien of the first two Predator movies. This film hints at what he might have been able to go on to if he had hadn’t died in 1991 of AIDS he contracted from a contaminated blood transfusion he received after a car accident. Some credit also has to go to Rick Baker’s creature makeup, which won an Oscar for this film. There’s also a great visual gag at the very end which always impressed me. Lithgow, who is thin and bears a full head of hair, is terrific here, as is the entire cast. The almost omnipresent Don Ameche shows up as an anthropologist so wounded by his own search for bigfoot years earlier that he’s reluctant to believe again that the creature could be real. Director William Dear, who went on to make Wild America and the 1994 remake of Angels in the Outfield, brings a E.T-ish approach and it works. The extras on the 25th anniversary disc aren’t great, but there is a making of featurette as well as more recent comments from the director. My only complaint (and I can’t believe I’m writing this) is that the environmental message is almost too heavy-handed but it’s done with a lot of humor. I’d definitely recommend this one for the whole family.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

This is a funny family type movie, its not the best thing ever made but it's worth a watch.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "bigfoot". They think it's dead so they decide to take it home (there could be some money in this..). As you guessed, "it" isn't dead. Far from being the ferocious monster they fear "Harry" to be, he's a friendly giant. In their attempts to keep Harry a secret, the Henderson's have to hide him from the authorities and a man, who has made it his goal in life, to catch a "bigfoot".

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

George Henderson: He walked into our kitchen and was eating out of our refrigerator. I thought we was gonna eat me but he ate our daughter's corsage and then ate our goldfish!
Sergeant Mancini: And where is he now, Mr. Henderson?
George Henderson: In the bathroom.
Sergeant Mancini: Oh, of course, how stupid of me.

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