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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 must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.

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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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$57,114,049 (USA)
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Despite Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt playing a married couple in this movie, Grodin is in fact 26 years older than Hunt in real life. See more »

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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 »

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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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Allegro con brio
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From "Symphony No. 5"
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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5.1??? As bad as all that? I don't think so!
10 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really liked Beethoven. Of course it isn't perfect, it does have a silly ending, the plot does have its low points and the script was a tad weak in places. However, it is a charming, fun and entertaining family movie. I myself am mortified at the 5.1 IMDb rating. I seriously don't think it is as bad as all that. It isn't perfect, but it has a sense of fun. The cinematography is lush and very beautifully handled, and the direction was secure. Charles Grodin is an enormously talented actor, and I enjoyed his performance here, and Dean Jones seems to be having fun too. The child actors are appealing, and the music is lovely. I think the real star is Beethoven himself, whoever trained that dog should be told he/she did a wonderful job. With Beethoven, the film is fun, charming and very entertaining. And there are many memorable moments here. All in all, a very pleasant family film, I recommend it. It is not perfect, but it is one of the better family films out there. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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