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Bigfoot and the Hendersons

  • Comedy
  • Family
  • 1987
  • William Dear
  • 106 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy starring John Lithgow. After a camping holiday in the woods, the Henderson station wagon collides with a giant creature - the legendary Bigfoot - and the family ends up taking the animal home. However, the creature, now christened "Harry", proves to be a disastrous house guest.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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George HendersonJohn Lithgow
Nancy HendersonMelinda Dillon
Sarah HendersonMargaret Langrick
Ernie HendersonJoshua Rudoy
HarryKevin Peter Hall
Jacques LafleurDavid Suchet
Irene MoffittLainie Kazan
Dr Wallace WrightwoodDon Ameche
George Henderson SrM Emmet Walsh

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Dear

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1987-12-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence, edited for language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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