When you can't believe your eyes, trust your heart.
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...
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Bigfoot, Animal Rampage, Bad Smell, Seattle Washington, Freaked Out
Family-Oriented Adventure, Animal Picture
Fish Out of Water, Bounty Hunters
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10, 1, 2, 3
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On their way home to Seattle from a camping trip, the Hendersons accidentally run over a strange and unknown creature. Realizing it might be the legendary Bigfoot creature and thinking it's dead, they strap it to the roof of their station wagon and take it home. The creature is not dead, and initially causes havoc in the Henderson household when it wakes. Eventually, the creature sees the Hendersons are not hostile towards it, and the family realizes that the creature is actually very gentle. Given the name "Harry", the creature becomes emotionally confused and runs off into the city. Sightings of him strike fear into the populace. In their attempts to keep Harry a secret, the Hendersons have to hide him from the authorities and a man, who has made it his goal in life, to catch a "bigfoot". The Hendersons, with the help of Dr. Wrightwood, a once disillusioned and embittered ex-scientist and Bigfoot-believer, come to realize that the best thing for Harry is to return him to his home in the wilderness. Doing so, they strengthen their friendship with Harry and change the heart of the primary antagonist in the film. In the final scenes, the Hendersons and their new friends are amazed to see Harry received by more of his fellow species as he returns home. The movie portrays Bigfoot not as a monster, but a gentle and loving friend. Harry becomes a remembered family member and friend instead of an "animal".
Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Lainie Kazan and Don Ameche. The film is a drama that has comedic relief added to it. 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, also called Harry and the Hendersons.