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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-12

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Friday, June 12, 1987

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Sound the trumpets, clang
the bells. A major new talent
has arrived on the film scene.
Bill Dear is that talent. He
has written, produced, and
directed the new comedy,

Harry and the Hendersons

(Rated: PG). It is going to be
a smash.
The question won't be
whether or not you want to
see it, but rather how many
times you want to see it.
Harry has everything: com-
edy, adventure, sentiment,
and a warm philosophy.
Dear's concept is simple. A
family on a camping trip.
near Seattle discovers a mon-
strous creature which ap-
pears to be the legendary
Bigfoot.
At first they're fearful. Will
it attack? Should they shoot
it? Then, as fear subsides
they wonder: Should we keep
it? Show it off? Send it to a
zoo?
It would take your fun
away if I told any more of the
story so I won't.
What distinguishes Harry
from all the other creature
features, even E.T. to which
it will inevitably be com-
pared, is Dear's unique comic
talent. He is an astonishingly
original writer and director.
Dear's conception and por-
trayal of the creature Harry
is in itself brilliant. Instead
of giving Harry, who is huge,
powerful, and beastly,
other-worldly powers, Dear
gives him only common, or-
dinary, homely qualities.
Incongruity like this is the
essence of comedy. This is
something Dear knows in-
stinctively and carries off
magnificently.
Dear's "shticks" are on
every frame of this film.
Without losing any of his
originality, Dear has tamed
some of the off-the-wall stuff
he did in his early shorts, so
that this film is completely
accessible to a mass audience.
No one can set up the cam-
era or move it like Dear. The
action and chase sequences
are terrific and leave you
breathless.
The casting is impeccable.
John Lithgow is wonderful as
the father. Everything I've
ever seen Lithgow do, from
The Changing Room on
Broadway, to this newest film
has been of the highest order.
He is totally believable and
performs with great skill.
Melinda Dillon, as the
mother, is fine despite a few
lapses into Goldie Hawn-like
mannerisms. The find in the

The Hendersons: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret
Langrick and Joshua Rudoy.

film is Joshua Rudoy as the
son. He has just the right de-
gree of eccentricity for Dear's
style.
In two smaller roles, Don
Ameche and Lainie Kazan
come off well. And, of course,
there's Harry himself, played
by Kevin Peter Hall. It's hard
to tell how much is Hall and
how much the effects de-
partment, but whatever the
combination, the final result
is sheer perfection.
Bill Dear is not one of the
Hollywood overnight wonders
whose opportunity came be-
cause he had a famous name
or a fast mouth. Dear started
making home movies when
he was a kid. He went on to
become a cameraman, then a
director. He made some in-
ventive short films, directed
commercials, and finally got
his break doing an episode of
Steven Spielberg's Amazing
Stories on network TV. It was
Spielberg who, working with
Dear, recognized his talent
and gave him the opportunity
to make Harry and the Hen-

everyone for coming and he
meant it, and reminded all:
"The dream can come true."
At the end, the whole audi-
ence stood and cheered
through all the credits, partly
for a friend, partly for his
achievement, but mainly to
acknowledge a triumph.

dersons.

A "Rainbow of Miracles"
celebrity fashion show to
benefit the Muscular Dys-
trophy Association will take
place 7 p.m. Saturday at the
Somerset Mall.
Hors d'oeuvres and cham-
pagne will be served, and
there will be music for danc-
ing. For tickets, call the
MDA, 779-7860.

Many of us in the Detroit
production community have
worked here with Dear, for
he lived and worked in this
area for most of his life. The
consensus is: "It couldn't
happen to a nicer guy." At a
preview last week, Dear
demonstrated his innate
modesty. He thanked

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