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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)  »

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Ein Hund namens Beethoven  »

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Was largely filmed in the southern area of Pasadena, however at the beginning of the film, when Harvey and Vernon are chasing down the dogs, this was filmed on the back-lot at Universal. See more »


When Harvey and Vernon hop the fence into the junkyard and the dobermans come out, a trainer or other crew member can be seen behind the pallets. See more »


George Newton: You'd better think of something to name him 'cause when I come home and he's destroyed my house, I wanna know what to call him.
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Marginally funny laughing at Grodin
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Beethoven is a St Bernard puppy who escapes from a couple of dog thieves (Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt). He follows George Newton (Charles Grodin) into his house. The kids fall in love with him and his wife Alice (Bonnie Hunt) wants to keep the puppy. It's a battle between George and Beethoven for the run of the house as he grows into a giant dog. He's trying to sell a business deal to Brad (David Duchovny) and Brie (Patricia Heaton). The dog is super smart and becomes the family's best friend. Evil vet Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones) has a sideline selling dogs for evil experiments while working with the dog thieves.

It's the grumpiness of Charles Grodin that makes this marginally funny. He allows the audience to laugh at him and there are some pretty good slapstick fun. It's mostly good family fare with a really evil villain. The bad guys are a little too ridiculous. That takes a little bit away from an otherwise fun family movie.

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