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Beethoven (1992)

 -  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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The head of the family is the one with the tail. See more »

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3 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$57,114,049 (USA)
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So incensed were the American Veterinary Association about the depiction of a vet as leader of a dog-napping ring, they fired off a letter of protest to Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America. See more »

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After Brie knocks over her glass at the barbecue, Alice picks it up, and it's intact. When she walks away with it, it's broken. See more »

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George: [after Alice has fired Devonia for not watching all of the kids] Honey, it was an accident!
Alice: So what?
George: We can't throw out the option of having a babysitter just because we had a bad one. We'll find somebody really responsible to look after the kids.
Alice: Over my dead body.
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The Good & Bad Of 'Beethoven'
1 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was almost like an old-fashioned type of nice movie "the whole family will enjoy," as the stupid trailers used to always say. They aren't always right about that, but they are with this one.

BAD NEWS - The "bad news" was (a) the silly ending, (b) some silly-stupid scenes earlier in which what you saw could never really happen, and (c) the three kids were annoying and bossy at times.

GOOD NEWS - The "good news" is, of course, "Beethoven," the lovable Saint Bernard who is a lot of fun to watch, especially with all his facial expressions. Also, it's a very entertaining story and there is absolutely nothing offensive, language-wise, in here.

OVERALL - This was popular enough to spawn some sequels, none of which were close in caliber to this one. A good family film worth viewing, but mainly if you like big, lovable dogs.


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