Taglines: According to science, Bigfoot doesn’t exist…
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”.
Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy, Lainie Kazan, and Kevin Peter Hall. Steven Spielberg served as the uncredited executive producer of this film while Rick Baker provided the makeup and the creature designs for Harry. It is the story of a family’s encounter with the cryptozoological creature Bigfoot. The film won an Academy Award for Best Makeup, and inspired a follow-up TV series of the same name.
In the United Kingdom the film was originally released as Bigfoot and the Hendersons, though the TV series retained the American title. The DVD and all current showings of the movie in the UK now refer to the movie by its original title. The film earned mostly mixed reviews and was a success at the box office during its release, earning thrice its budget.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Directed by: William Dear
Starring: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy, Lainie Kazan, Kevin Peter Hall, Jacqueline Moscou
Screenplay by: William Dear, Bill Martin
Production Design by: James D. Bissell
Cinematography by: Allen Daviau
Film Editing by: Donn Cambern
Set Decoration by: Linda DeScenna
Art Direction by: Donald B. Woodruff
Music by: Bruce Broughton
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: June 5, 1987