A family of four accidentally hits Bigfoot with their car and realize
it's a very lovable creature that they have to protect from a hunter.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Directed by William Dear
Written by William Dear, Bill Martin, Ezra D. Rappaport
Starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick,
Joshua Rudoy, Kevin Peter Hall, Don Ameche,
M. Emmet Walsh, David Suchet
Oscar Wins - Best Makeup
Harry and the Hendersons is an 80's blip that went unnoticed for a long while, but has recently made a resurgence as a cult hit. It's one of the few mainstream films that involves the legendary Bigfoot and is actually a very lighthearted and fun family film.
Of course, any film starring John Lithgow is most likely going to be halfway decent. His performance of a man dealing with a Bigfoot trashing his house is one of his best and makes me laugh every time I watch the film. Of course, the film wouldn't be what it is without Kevin Peter Hall's portrayal of Bigfoot himself, Harry. Harry is one of the most likable movie monsters ever and his heart is surprisingly bigger than his feet.
The makeup team did a fantastic job with creating Harry, and their Oscar win was well-deserved. Harry and the Hendersons is an oddball comedy that stands out among the rest and definitely has aged quite well. It's been one of my favorites for many years and I think it deserves much more attention.