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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

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

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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17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todos los perros van al cielo  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,100,027 (USA)
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Trivia

The scene involving Charlie in Hell was trimmed by MGM to avoid a possible PG rating, However Don Bluth owns a private version of the film uncut that has never been released on home media. See more »

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Itchy claims Tibet is a city but Tibet is actually a country in China. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: [after Itchy tells him to get ride of Anne-Marie] Aw, Itch, now the casino's gone. We've got to start all over; we need the girl more than ever.
Itchy Itchiford: No, boss, you're crazy! It's not business anymore, it's personal!
Charlie: Aw, come on, Itchy. Surely it's just business, I mean...
Itchy Itchiford: You're in love with the girl! You've got soft, you care about her!
Charlie: [furiously annoyed] Look, I don't care about the girl! I tell her things now and then! I pretend to be her best friend, but it's baloney!
Itchy Itchiford: I thought I was your best ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits, featuring a choral symphony, are interrupted by Charlie, who complains that just because "we're all dead doesn't mean the music has to be." The heavenly whippet (Melba Moore, a gospel singer) agrees, and a rollicking gospel rendition begins. A scene featuring Carface and the heavenly whippet shows Carface stealing his own watch as Charlie did, with the whippet chasing him. Charlie appears, and coyly says, "He'll be back", and winks at the camera. See more »


Soundtracks

Love Survives
Main Title Song
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn, and Michael Lloyd
Performed by Irene Cara and Freddie Jackson
Produced by Michael Lloyd and David Franco (executive)
Freddie Jackson's performance courtesy of Capitol Records
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Bluth's most haunting, unusual, and powerfully poignant film.
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this film when I was little. Today at 17 it is one of my all time favorite animated films. Beautiful animation and appealing characters are just two of the things to like about this film. Although many people might not enjoy some of the songs, most of them are well-done and go along with the story. It focuses on Charlie, a roguish handsome German Shepard who may seem unlikable to some at first... but eventually will win you over.

Not a kiddie film by any means. Often very dark and frightening at times. A treat for Don Bluth fans and animation buffs. But do keep a tissue in handy. ADGTH never fails to make me cry and will do the same for those who are movie sensitive. Arguably one of the greatest non-Disney animated films of all time. Along with Watership Down and My Neighbor Totoro.

BOTTOM LINE: A heavenly masterpiece.


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