Beethoven (1992) Poster



Eleanor Keaton, Buster Keaton's widow, trained the dog Beethoven for this movie.
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.
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.
Steve Martin was the first choice to play George Newton. John Candy, Danny DeVito, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Jeff Goldblum, Rick Moranis and Robin Williams were later considered for the part.
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.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his film debut as a first student in Ted's class.
Screenwriter John Hughes is credited as "Edmond Dantes." The pseudonym is an homage to a character in "The Count of Monte Cristo." This film is one of only a few written by Hughes that takes place outside of the state of Illinois.
The Saint Bernard named Beethoven is owned by the Newton family. Isaac Newton and Ludwig van Beethoven were life-long bachelors. Newton died in March 1727, while Beethoven died in March 1827.
Brian Levant took over as director just after the start of filming, replacing Steve Rash.
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Whether it was intended or not, the first names of the parents in this movie and it's sequel are the same as the first names of the Winfield parents in a couple of Doris Day movies.
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