Harry and the Hendersons

Synopsis: 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".
Director(s): William Dear
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


What if it's him?




Holy shit! Sorry, Dad.

That's okay.

I was looking for the right words.

It smells gross!

George, what is it?

I guess it must be

a Bigfoot.

I don't know what else it could be.

Nancy, this is a big deal.

It's a major discovery.

I bet a museum

would want it or something.

We have to take it home.


Ernie, you and your sister go take the stuff

off the top of the car, put it in the back.

Right, Dad.

And tell your sister she's gonna

have to help us lift this thing up!

Oh, Sarah!

Pull it forward!

Don't worry.

I feel so guilty.

What if it's the only one?

It's not as if

I tried to hit it, Nan.

It was just luck.


What if we've just rendered

an entire species extinct?

One of a kind?

This thing could

really be worth something.

I don't believe you just said that.

Come on, Nan. It's all

in how you look at it.


It's alive!


Did you see those big honking teeth?


Get me my rifle.


What are you gonna do?

Be careful.

It's still loaded.

George, you're not going out there?

We can't just leave it

in the road, can we?

What if it's suffering?


It's dead!

Are you sure?


Are you really sure?

I'm really sure!

Remember, you were sure before.

Nancy, I'm not a doctor,

but it has no pulse,

it's not breathing

and it's cold as a Popsicle.

Believe me, honey, whatever

it is, it's definitely dead!













Ernie, get your mother!



All right. I knew you weren't dead!

Not yet I'm not!

Not you, Dad, him!


George, what...


Are you all right?

Nancy, get my rifle, quick!

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William Dear

William Dear (born November 30, 1943) is a Canadian film director, producer and screenwriter known for directing Harry and the Hendersons, If Looks Could Kill, Angels in the Outfield, Wild America and Santa Who?. He has directed Saturday Night Live, Television Parts, Amazing Stories, Dinosaurs, Covington Cross and The Wannabes Starring Savvy. Dear was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the father of actor and storyboard artist, Oliver Dear. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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