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Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)

A murdered detective must avenge his murder after he is reincarnated as a dog.

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Browning
Benjean ...
Benji a.k.a Browning
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Jackie
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Bart
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Bernie
Stuart Germain ...
Higgins / Deaf Postie
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Freddie
John Stride ...
Alistair Becket
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Montanero
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Margaret
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Lady Chalmers
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Quimby Charles
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Mr. Easton
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Pelican Man
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German Clerk
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Browning is a PI with a bad cold, who's sent to investigate a case by a mysterious client.He stumbles across the body of a young woman and is stabbed to death, and when he wakes up in heaven, they tell him he's "marginal material," and they can only decide on his final destination through one last assignment: to go back and solve his own murder. As a dog. A cute fluffy little dog (Benji). Undaunted, Browning begins to investigate the case as best he can around his canine disabilities (dialing the phone presents a special challenge) to solve the murders, save the girl, and see justice done. Written by Kathy Li

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Chevy Chase and Benji team up for big laughs in this tail of murder, mystery and puppy love. See more »


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Rated PG for language and some mild scenes of violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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11 July 1980 (USA)  »

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Beniamino agente segreto  »

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Trivia

This was one of three Chevy Chase) movies released in 1980. The films, all comedies, were Caddyshack (1980), Oh Heavenly Dog (1980) and Seems Like Old Times (1980). See more »

Goofs

After it's established that Alister Becket's birthday is March third, Benji remarks that it is six months passed (or six months away). Earlier, however, when scouting the scene of the crime, he looks at the desk calendar and sees that it's mid-October, so really Becket's birthday was less than five months ago or away. See more »

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Higgins: This is not a wedding ceremony, Mr. Browning. You are not obligated to repeat everything I say.
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After nearly all of the end titles have passed, "WOOF!" appears on the screen as the final title. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Halloween Puppy (2016) See more »

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Return to Paradise
written by Elton John and Gary Osborne
performed by Elton John & Gary Osborne (as Cary Osborn)
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"He was just a puppy at heart".
18 December 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Around the time Chevy Chase had hit it big with Saturday night live, he started to get movie offers. So after sharing the screen with Goldie Hawn in "Foul Play", we who would see Chase voicing the thoughts of everyone's favourite show-time pooch at the time; the lovable Benji. "Oh Heavenly Dog" is a comedy murder mystery that sees Chase as a washed-up detective that's murdered and then is sent back down to earth in the form of a dog to uncover who killed him. So would you class it as a Chase vehicle? Not really. Would he go far for being in it. Probably not. However the dry humour and the presence of Benji (who's quite well-trained and steals nearly every scene)… just fitted snugly with Chase. Maybe minor, but passable. The story plays out like a lively comic strip, where it's all about investigating the clues from a dog's point of view and also getting into mishaps within a London / Paris backdrop. Quite foreseeable plotting, but nonetheless amusingly undemanding. Along the way the lovely Jane Seymour finds herself caught-up in the web and Omar Sharif is at his seedy best in trying to cover everything up. The cast kind of keeps a straight-face throughout. Also the buoyant sounding music soundtrack is an odd assortment of choices. Perhaps better remembered for nostalgic reasons, but "Oh Heavenly Dog" is an admirable little comedy fantasy.


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