According to science, Bigfoot doesn't exist

"Harry, sometimes you've just gotta wonder if there's any real difference between you and I."

George Henderson

Harry and the Hendersons

Release Date: June 5, 1987

Many have pursued him, tracked him and some even say they saw him, but it was the Hendersons who literally ran into him—a startling windup to their camping trip but just the beginning of their adventure in Harry and the Hendersons, George (John Lithgow, Amazing Stories), his wife Nancy (Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and their children, Sarah (Margaret Langrick) and Ernie (Joshua Rudoy, Amazing Stories), are an average American family who have never come across anything like this. They made a major discovery, purely by accident, when their car hit a rather pungent smelling creature at best identified as "Big Foot." Although their "discovery" appears to be dead, they feel they must take the creature to their home. Home and the Hendersons will never been the same: Harry, hauled home, is discovered to be very much alive.

Life at the Hendersons becomes a whirlwind of bizarre adventures and discoveries. Harry is too big for their house, but as they soon learn, he is not too big for their hearts. And, the Hendersons recognize that it has become their responsibility to keep him a secret and protect him from those who might want to destroy him.

Though the sudden arrival of Harry is an astonishing new experience for the Hendersons, there are two men who have spent most of their lives anticipating his arrival.

One is a cantankerous but ultimately dedicated anthro­pologist, Dr. Wrightwood (Don Ameche) who had all but given up his dream of finding him: the other is the menacing hunter La Fleur (David Suchet) whose life-long interest is obsessive and potentially deadly.

Harry and the Hendersons is a comedy fantasy that comes straight from the heart. Here is a creature, who is likable, perhaps a simpler form of a human being who is unpolluted by categories and rules. His intelligence comes out of his simplicity. It says something about what makes a human being a human being and what makes an animal an animal. In the course of their adventure, the Hendersons and the others, learn about their humanity from Harry.

Co-written and directed by William Dear (Amazing Stories' "Mummy Daddy"), the heartwarming family film features the Oscar-winning creation of the Bigfoot called Harry (played by Kevin Peter Hall) courtesy makeup and effects maestro Rick Baker (the first three Men in Black films).

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • JOHN LITHGOW,
  • MELINDA DILLON,
  • MARGARET LANGRICK,
  • JOSHUA RUDOY,
  • KEVIN PETER HALL,
  • DAVID SUCHET,
  • LAINIE KAZAN,
  • DON AMECHE,
  • M. EMMET WALSH
DIRECTOR
  • WILLIAM DEAR
SCREENWRITERS
  • WILLIAM DEAR,
  • WILLIAM E. MARTIN,
  • EZRA D. RAPPAPORT
PRODUCERS
  • WILLIAM DEAR,
  • RICHARD VANE
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • ALLEN DAVIAU
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • JIM BISSELL
EDITOR
  • DONN CAMBERN
COMPOSER
  • BRUCE BROUGHTON