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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 <>

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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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While Judith Barsi was only Anne-Marie's speaking voice, the film developers had adult actress, Lana Beeson, to do the singing voice for Anne-Marie in the song, "Soon You'll Come Home". Barsi did audition for the singing part but because she broke down in stress from events at home during the audition, the filmmakers decided not to push her. See more »


When Charlie is in dog heaven he is getting his hand stamped for the life book. The pages are different in two shots. See more »


Charlie: You must have taken dance lessons. You have natural rhythm, unusual in a whippet.
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Crazy Credits

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You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down
Written by Charles Strouse
Sung by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise
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Doggy Heaven from Homers Simpson's view. Santa's Little Helper Isn't there yet, but will be soon.
14 January 2005 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

An unforgettable masterpiece from the creator of The Secret of Nimh and The Land Before Time, this was a very touching bittersweet cartoon. I remember this very well from my childhood, it was funny and sad and very beautiful. Well it starts out a bit dark, a dog who escaped the pound, and gets killed by an old friend, ends up in Heaven, and comes back. But it becomes sweet when he befriends an orphaned girl who can talk to animals. Some scenes were a bit scary contrary to other cartoons, like the dream sequence of Charlie, but everything else was okay,and the songs were fair. A memorable role of Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, I just love that guy, ahehehe. And Judith Barsi of Jaws The Revenge, may God rest her soul, poor girl, she didn't deserve to die, but she is in Heaven now, all good people go to Heaven. Overall this is a very good animated movie, a Don Bluth classic enough to put anime and Disney to shame. Recommended for the whole family. And know this, if you have the original video of this, you'll find after the movie, Dom DeLuise has a very important and special message, gotta love that guy, ahehehe.

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