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Beethoven (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  3 April 1992 (USA)
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A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but its veterinarian secretly wants to kill him.



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The Newton family live in their comfortable home, but there seems to something missing. This "hole" is filled by a small puppy, who walks into their home and their lives. Beethoven, as he is named, grows into a giant of a dog... a St Bernard. Doctor Varnick, the local vet has a secret and horrible sideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is on the bad doctor's list. Written by Rob Hartill

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3 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Hund namens Beethoven  »

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$57,114,049 (USA)

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[Beethoven urinates on her leather jacket]
Biker Woman: Hey! Damn little beast. God!
[the pet shop owner smiles and takes Beethoven]
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Great Family Film
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love funny animal films, you will laugh till you cry at the antics of Beethoven and his human companions. The scene where the children are trying to find a name for the dog is cute and if you like classical music you will appreciate the humor behind how the name is finally derived. I was rather surprised to see Good Guy Dean Jones, star of many Disney films, in his portrayal of the dastardly and evil Vet. I almost did not recognize him with the thick "soda bottle-bottom" glasses, but as always Mr. Jones gave a stellar performance. X-Files star David Duchovney plays the part of a company representative who wants to try to take over the family's business, and only Beethoven sees him and his female partner for what they are and takes them on the ride of their lives (one of the funniest scenes of the film). I generally find sequels are not as good as the first, but in this case the humor of Beethoven's 2nd and Beethoven's 3rd hold true to first and are also worth viewing.

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