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Harry and the Hendersons

'A William Dear Film'? Come off it, this has Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin company produced, written all over it. While the Hendersons are on a hunting holiday, their car collides with the legendary Bigfoot of the Pacific Northwest. Mistakenly believing the Yeti-like creature dead, they take him to their Seattle home, which he promptly demolishes before proving himself a genial giant of enormous compassion. Neverthe-less, nosey neighbours and fame-hungry hunters smell something suspicious, and pretty soon the gun-crazy citizens of Seattle are on the trail of the hapless, hirsute 'Harry'. This cloying mixture of sitcom and fantasy is clearly designed to pluck the heart-strings, tickle the funnybone, and sow seeds of doubt about the moral worth of hunting.

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Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Dear
Screenwriter: William Dear, William E Martin, Ezra D Rappaport
Cast: John Lithgow
Melinda Dillon
Margaret Langrick
Joshua Rudoy
Kevin Peter Hall
David Suchet
Lainie Kazan
Don Ameche
M Emmet Walsh
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