Harriet the Spy
Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg Director: Bronwen Hughes  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested

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Harriet the Spy
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Paramount Catalog
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I want to replicate my own DNA and win the Nobel Prize!"
"I want to play more baseball games than Cal Ripken Jr. and get filthy rich doing it!"
"I want to see the whole world and write everything down!"

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 07/10/1996
"...This spunky movie takes daring detours all the time..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 07/19/1996
"...WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE for pre-adolescents....The glee and neurotic terror of a kid lurching into adult consciousness..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 07/15/1996
"...A sweet-natured morality tale....Trachtenberg is fresh and natural....Her interactions with O'Donnell, who lends her character the right balance of eccentricity and maturity, are particularly enjoyable..."
New York Times - 07/10/1996
"...[Trachtenberg] gives a performance that is endearing..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/10/1996
"...A smart-kid movie, with big lessons and even some subtlety..."

Product Description:

Eleven-year-old Harriet's (Michelle Trachtenberg) obsession for observation is well-chronicled in her most treasured possession: a notebook marked "Private," in which she collects her frequently unflattering--though accurate--thoughts about those around her. When her classmates discover her penchant for "spying," however, they're anything but amused. Adapted from the 1964 book by Louise Fitzhugh.

Plot Synopsis:

The film adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh's bestselling children's novel, about Harriet, an independent, intelligent girl whose aspiration to become a writer ultimately lands her in some very hot water...
Encouraged by her sharp nanny, Harriet secretly begins writing about her observations of the world around her. This includes VERY candid (and often uncomplimentary) things about her schoolmates and buddies, including her two best friends.
But Harriet's life is turned upside-down when classmates find her treasured notebook and read it aloud for everyone to hear. Feeling insulted and betrayed, the kids then retaliate against Harriet in the cruelest of ways. The young writer, now hated, isolated and embarrassed, must find a way to rebound from this unenviable situation.


Production Notes:

  • Released theatrically in the USA July 10, 1996.
  • Film debut for child actress Michelle Trachtenberg.
  • Feature film debut for director Bronwen Hughes.
  • Produced in association with Nickelodeon Movies.
  • "Harriet the Spy" was author Louise Fitzhugh's first novel, published in 1964. It's sequel, "The Long Secret" was published in 1965.
  • Shot on location in Toronto and Florida.
  • Copyright 1996 Paramount Pictures.

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