HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (Theater Release USA 1987)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Harry and the Hendersons—cute and mostly family friendly film with minor language—turns into a lovable film with appeal for adult and child. Harry as played by Kevin Peter Hall is superb while John Lithgow shows good form in scenes such as the interrogation of a professional bicyclist. The cast seems a team well matched with Melinda Dillon, Margaret Landrick and Joshua Rudoy.

Storyline

While returning from a wilderness hunt, George Henderson, Jr. (John Lithgow) accidentally hits something with his vehicle. When the family assumes the ‘something’ is dead, their closer investigation finds the ‘something’ is a Sasquatch. So, the family loads the Sasquatch on top of the car, covers him up, and finishes driving home. They put him in the garage. Later that night George awakes to commotion in the garage and investigates. The Sasquatch is gone. He hears commotion in the house, runs to the house, and turns on the light to find the Sasquatch rummaging through the refrigerator. The rest of the story revolves around house training a Sasquatch.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for the mind that directed, produced and wrote this movie: William Dear. Thank you to Executive Producer Steven Spielberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jacques Lafleur (David Suchet), Irene Moffitt (Lainie Kazan), Dr. Wallace Wrightwood (Don Ameche), George Henderson, Sr. (M. Emmet Walsh), Sergeant Mancini (William Ontiveros), Dirty Harry Officer (David Richardt), DMV Clerk (Jacqueline Moscou), ‘Mouse’ Woman (Laura Kenny), ‘Mouse’ Spouse (Richard Arnold), Jerry Seville (Sean Morgan), Stuart (Nick Flynn), and Billers (David McIntyre).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Who isn’t a little enamored with the idea that Sasquatch families may roam our wilderness areas?

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