Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment produced this Sasquatch-out-of-water fantasy, which critics hated and kids loved. It has all the hallmarks of an ’80s family movie — recognizably affable lead actors, goofy kids, a little gratuitous swearing, and a hit song to sell the soundtrack. The Hendersons (including John Lithgow and Melinda Dillon as the parents) run into a Bigfoot, whom they dub “Harry,” on their way home from camping. They strap the unconscious beast to the top of the car and drive home. Fears melt when they realize he’s not all that bad (the tolerance message), and they protect him from an obsessed hunter. Harry spawned a TV series and won an Oscar for Rick Baker’s superlative makeup job, turning actor Kevin Peter Hall into an expressive behemoth.
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