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Harry And The Hendersons

6.01 h 51 min1987PG
Oscar-nominee John Lithgow stars in this big-hearted, big-footed comedy about a family's race to return a loving Sasquatch to his natural habitat before the authorities capture him.
William Dear
Don AmecheJohn LithgowMelinda Dillon
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Margaret LangrickDavid SuchetJohn F. BloomKevin Peter HallLainie KazanJohn F. SloomM. Emmet WalshJoshua Rudoy
William DearRichard Vane
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4287 global ratings

  1. 82% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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No1MovieFanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful comedy and a tribute to a great monster
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I remembered this from years back and just recently was reminded of it and noticed it for a cheap price on dvd, which I now have. I always remembered it being a wonderful, warm hearted and funny comedy and it was great to be able to catch up with it again. I have already seen this twice now and I will no doubt watch it time and time again.
One of the reasons I was reminded of it was because I was doing some searching for the late great, but tragic Kevin Peter Hall, who of course played Harry. At 7'2" he was definitely larger than life and such a lovely guy. Famous also, perhaps even more so for playing the deadly, fearsome Predator, when he was as intimidating and scary as hell as well as in Predator 2, this film shows how wonderfully versatile he was as a performer. Not only could he play a brutal alien predator, he could also be a lovable bigfoot creature. Apparently in his career, which spanned over ten years, he played 10 creatures. Then of course everything changed in 1990 when he had a serious car accident and needed a blood transfusion which was infected with HIV. He died of HIV related pnueumonia in 1991. It filled me with sadness all over again reading about that. He was 35. This review as you can probably gather is not just a review for the wonderful film, which needs no extra praise or explanation from me, but also a tribute to a wonderful man, a great towering, larger than life actor, who I also saw on a Predator blu ray bonus feature, waving hi to his mum and friends and someone who was a sad loss when he was taken far too early. By the way, I also knew him from a tv film Misfits of Science and its short lived tv series spin off. Myself and an emailing friend I have in California both remember that well.
The Hendersons loved this guy, we all loved him I guess, as a public in general and as fans of this hilarious and moving adventure, I was in tears at the end when they had to say goodbye to Harry. Of course, they also made a spin off series didn't they Bigfoot and the Hendersons, which I also remember. Bruce Davidson took over for the TV dad. I think they might have made a few episodes with Kevin, but then someone else took over. Well, despite that, they did a great job filling in Kevin's shoes (can't remember who it was). All I wish to say to finish is rest in peace Kevin Peter Hall, and thank you so much for all the great creatures you left behind, both fearsome and lovable. You will always be missed.
KEVIN PETER HALL - 1955 -1991
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Mr. R. W. GrahamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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An all American family the Hendersons accidentally run over a sasquatch while on a trip and take him into their home. Originally called Bigfoot And The Hendersons in the UK, this is a sweet natured and fun family comedy with an excellent performance from John Lithgow as the head of the Henderson family and Kevin Peter Hall as the huge sasquatch that the family call Harry and with Don Ameche as a friendly store owner and David Suchet as a hunter who is hunting Harry. A lot of fun and a fine family film.
MR C.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I took my niece to see this when it came out in the 80s and she was about 7 years old. Absolutely loved it, both of us. I noticed that it was on TV over Christmas and my wife said that she had never seen it, so we watched it together. I loved it as much as ever and my wife hardly stopped laughing from the first appearance of Harry. She said that there was no point buying the DVD now that she had seen it. It wouldn't be as good the second time. So of course I bought it and she was wrong; she laughed just as much the second time. This will be a film that we are going to watch over and over and when my niece visits (now in her thirties) we'll have a special screening.
There has been some criticism of the 'bad language' and needing to be aware of it when showing the film to children. Both times I watched this I was unaware of anything offensive and there is plenty elsewhere that I do find offensive. I feel that some parents are over-protective and it doesn't help their children in learning to relate to the world around them. Of course a potty-mouthed child is stomach-churningly upsetting, but children aren't stupid; they are very good, with a little guidance from parents etc, at working out for themselves what is the right way to express themselves without offending and they will hear much worse than is on this film in the streets or from other children in school. I would even say that swearing is an important part of self-expression, when used sparingly and in extremis and there could be little more extreme than having a Bigfoot wrecking your home. It surely is preferable to hear the mild language used in this film than the far more offensive expressions that we hear every day on the streets and, nowadays, in television and film.
4 people found this helpful
Professor PlumReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's an ok film.
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I remember loving this film when it first came out, I thought it was funny and well directed/acted. I now have to admit it's lost some of it's charm, either that or I'm turning into a miserable old git!!! The plot is slightly silly but it's a family film so happy endings are a must. Buy and watch it but don't blame me if SWMBO gives you grief!!!
3 people found this helpful
Miss RyanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kids Loved it and took me back to my childhood.
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Loved watching this movie with my children 14 & 8! They both loved it.. as did i.
This has been remastered I think as it's the same movie but the quality is so clear and vibrant.... but saying that last time I watched it was on VHS lol! Great Family film!
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PantheonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Blu-ray!
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I bought this American blu-ray on the chance it might be region free. Thankfully this played without any problems in my UK blu-ray player.

The picture quality is excellent and a definite improvement over my R2 DVD. Also, there are some featurettes included which are quite interesting. Also, the upgrade to a DTS HD Master 5.1 audio track was very noticeable.

If you're a fan of this film then this is the version to buy!
5 people found this helpful
luxi78Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great family film (some minor swear words)
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After my kids saw bigfoot in a game they were convinced he was scary, so we watched the film to prove he wasn't. They LOVED it. Laughed all the way through...and now want a bigfoot to live with us!! I watched it as a kid with my dad too......good memories
ClarabelleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Great movie - my Grandson enjoyed it & we had loads of laughs as well as a few tears at the end.
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