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All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

G  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Drama  |  17 November 1989 (USA)
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A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Itchy Itchiford (voice)
Anne-Marie (voice)
Whippet Angel (voice)
Daryl Gilley ...
Dog Caster (voice)
Candy Devine ...
Vera (voice)
Killer (voice)
Carface (voice)
Rob Fuller ...
Harold (voice)
Earleen Carey ...
Kate (voice)
Anna Manahan ...
Stella Dallas (voice)
Nigel Pegram ...
Sir Reginald (voice)
Flo (voice)
King Gator (voice)
Godfrey Quigley ...
Terrier (voice)


When a casino owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the warning that doing that damns him to Hell. Once back, he teams with his old partner, Itchy to prep his retaliation. He also stumbles on to an orphan girl who can talk to the animals, thus allowing him to get the inside info on the races to ensure his wins to finance his plans. However, all the while, he is still haunted by nightmares on what's waiting for him on the other side unless he can prove that he is worthy of Heaven again. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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But not all dogs stay there!


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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todos los perros van al cielo  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)


$27,100,027 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Don Bluth's book "The Art of Animation Drawing", during the first stages of making the film, Robert Towne came by Bluth's Dublin studio and decided to help them come up with the story of this movie after Bluth and his crew went through several weeks of being in deadlock. After he read what the crew came up with up to that point, he took a bathroom break, and then he gave them a simplified sum-up of what the story should be about. This would eventually become the final plot of the movie. See more »


Just before his death Charlie gets from Carface a gold watch but it is silver. When Charlie is blindfolded the watch is gold. See more »


Whippet Angel: All dogs go to heaven because, unlike people, dogs are naturally good and loyal and kind.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are interspersed with Charlie and Itchy's breakout from the pound. See more »


Followed by An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) See more »


What's Mine Is Yours
Written by Charles Strouse
Sung by Burt Reynolds
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Brings back memories
9 April 2004 | by (Trenton, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

All dogs go to Heaven is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I first saw it when I was like 3. Now I'm 12 and I rented it, it makes me think of things and it brings back so many memories, those were "the days". I love the music, I love when Charlie is arriving in Heaven, I love the song "Let me be surprised". I love how Charlie looks and his voice, Bert Reynolds could only play Charlie's voice this great. I love this movie, the 1st one is the best one because it's so original and great. It really does bring back memories that no one can describe, not even me. If only I could go back to those days. I love the characters. If this is the way the memories come back when I'm 12 imagine how I'll feel when I'm like 19, I hope I'll be able to watch this when I'm older. When I first seen this I never knew that I would really look back on it and feel this way , I hope it will be available to watch. I'm so happy that this movie was made and the amazing idea came to mind and heart. On a scale from 1-10 I'd give it a perfect 10. It's an amazing movie. It's so hard to explain the feeling, when I get older and if I have kids, I hope they can experience this feeling.

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