Bigfoot and the Hendersons

Bigfoot and the Hendersons

William Dear (1987)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This overly sentimental comedy from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment resembles a watered-down, terrestrial remake of ET. It's a rehash of the old "innocent monster versus savage and uncaring civilisation" tract, in which a Seattle family adopts America's answer to the abominable snowman and suffers the ludicrous consequences while trying to keep it a secret from the neighbours. It's even cosier and cutesier than the Spielberg norm, which is perhaps the reason why it became a short-lived TV sitcom. The saving grace is seven-foot-two-inch actor Kevin Peter Hall (the alien in Predator opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger), who works miracles in Chewbacca drag as Harry the Missing Link, and his endearingly emotive face is the one pure joy to behold in this altogether mushy affair.


A hapless family's camping holiday in the mountains is brought to a sudden end when they accidentally hit the legendary Bigfoot with their car. They decide to adopt the endearing creature, but have more trouble than expected trying to keep him concealed and to avoid arousing their neighbours' suspicions. Comedy, starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, David Suchet, Don Ameche and Kevin Peter Hall.

Cast & Crew

George Henderson John Lithgow
Nancy Henderson Melinda Dillon
Sarah Henderson Margaret Langrick
Ernie Henderson Joshua Rudoy
Harry Kevin Peter Hall
Jacques Lafleur David Suchet
Irene Moffitt Lainie Kazan
Dr Wallace Wrightwood Don Ameche
George Henderson Sr M Emmet Walsh
Director William Dear
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Some violence, edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama Children's