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Beethoven's 4th -- When Beethoven's lack of manners gets to be too much, the kids enroll him in obedience school. In a twist of the tale of the Prince and the Paw-per, Beethoven is mixed up with another dog!
Beethoven's 4th -- The family is pleasantly surprised and puzzled when Beethoven suddenly becomes obedient. Turns out it's a prince and the pauper scenario, with the real Beethoven now living with a pompous rich family.


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Director John Hughes dies at 59
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Judge Reinhold ... Richard Newton

Julia Sweeney ... Beth Newton
Joe Pichler ... Brennan Newton
Michaela Gallo ... Sara Newton
Kaleigh Krish ... Madison Sedgewick

Matt McCoy ... Reginald Sedgewick

Veanne Cox ... Martha Sedgewick

Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Johnnie Simmons
Nick Meaney ... Nigel Bigalow
Natalie Marston ... Hayley (as Natalie Elizabeth Marston)

Jeff Coopwood ... Bill

Art LaFleur ... Sgt. Rutledge
June Lu ... Mrs. Florence Rutledge
Scott Evans ... Chiuchua Dancer

Patrick Bristow ... Guillermo

J. Suzanne Rampe ... Guest #1 (as Suzanne Rampe)

Ellen Eastwood ... Guest #2

Christina Ma ... Guest #3

Joyce Brothers ... Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Dorien Wilson ... Marlowe

David M. Evans ... Hammett
Arlan Jewell ... Hot Dog Vendor
Webb Millsaps ... Mailman
Randolph LeRoi ... Servant (as Randy Leroi)
Steve Christian ... Wanto (as Steven Christian)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Rosario ... Child playing in park (uncredited)

Directed by
David M. Evans  (as David Mickey Evans)
Writing credits
John Hughes (characters) (as Edmond Dantès) and
Amy Holden Jones (characters)

John Loy (written by)

Produced by
Kelli Konop .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Giffin 
Cinematography by
John B. Aronson (director of photography) (as John Aronson)
Film Editing by
David L. Bertman 
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Casting by
Donald Paul Pemrick 
Production Design by
Chester Kaczenski 
Costume Design by
Annie Dunn 
Makeup Department
Tracy Murphy .... key makeup artist
Production Management
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marco Black .... first assistant director
Gary J. Wayton .... second unit director
Art Department
Christopher Amy .... property master
Jennifer Ho .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Gary Cunningham .... sound mixer
Victoria S. Cunningham .... boom operator
Gregg Frazier .... boom operator
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Carrie Lisonbee .... sound effects editor (as Carrie Tippets)
Michael Mullane .... sound editor
Johanna Turner .... sound effects editor
Brian Avery .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Monica Staggs .... stunt performer
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Douglas Busby .... second assistant camera
Sean Patrick Crowell .... key grip
Franc Gabusi .... grip (as Frank Gabusi)
Sheila Greene .... set electrician
Geoffrey Haley .... Steadicam operator
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator: "a" camera
Charles Hart .... grip and second unit key grip
John Lacy .... best boy electric
Christopher Lucchese .... grip
Bobby Powell .... gaffer
Andrew Towne .... electrician (as Andy Towne)
Justin G. Maguire .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa S. Beasley .... extras casting
Dean E. Fronk .... casting
Greg Sacks .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Music Department
Philip Giffin .... conductor
Stu Goldberg .... composer: additional music
Christopher Klatman .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Guy Merrick .... transportation captain
Michael Merrick .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Scott Adams .... chef
Sharon C. Dietz .... production coordinator
Melinda Eichberg .... dog trainer
Jennifer Ho .... art set assistant
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
April Morley .... head animal trainer
Elizabeth Anne Stallone .... assistant to Judge Reinhold
Sharon B. Taksel .... production accountant
Justin Thaler .... production assistant: Hughes Entertainment
Tim Williams .... animal trainer
Amy Denning Winfrey .... payroll accountant
Oorala Yamada .... additional set production assistant

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93 min
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Richard Newton:Hey, where'd he go?
Beethoven:*slurping sounds*
Richard Newton:He's drinking from the toilet! He's downing the whole bowl!
Beth Newton:Oh!
Richard Newton:Keeping drinking boy, I'm gonna get my sketchpad!
Beth Newton:Brennan, go get Beethoven out of the bathroom...
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Lost the Charm of the First Couple Films Two Sequels Ago..., 3 April 2003
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

"Beethoven's 4th" is the kind of movie that makes one wonder what the point was of the film, other than cashing in one something that once was.

Judge Reinhold returns to the role of Richard Newton, seen in the 2000 straight-to-video (and rightly so!) "Beethoven's 3rd" flop. Julia Sweeney, once famous for her place on "Saturday Night Live," reprises the Beth Newton Persona, and there are two very bad-acting children in the film, also.

This awful sequel deals with Richard Newton watching Beethoven for his brother (once played by the much-better Charles Grodin) while they go on a family vacation. Unfortunately for both Richard and the audience, the millionth time Beethoven drinks out of the toilet bowl it makes everyone a bit mad, so they take him to training class, where he accidentally switches places with a rich man's (Matt McCoy) Saint Bernard without anyone noticing. When Rich Man's dog comes back to the Newton's, they are astonished at the fact that he is finally obeying his masters...the only problem is that now Beethoven is over at the Rich Man's House, caught with The Rich Man's Snooty Daughter and the Quiet Elderly Butler. How will Beethoven ever get back?

Quite honestly, I couldn't care less whether Beethoven makes it home or gets run over by a steam-roller. Let's put it this way: I really enjoyed the original "Beethoven" film written by the King of the Eighties, John Hughes. The second was a bit contrived, and was cashing in on the original a bit, but it still had its moments. This mind-numbingly bad sequel, however, is a follow-up to an already mind-numbingly bad third installment. By this time, I've seen so much Beethoven I don't really care what happens.

Perhaps if Charles Grodin was in it I'd still enjoy the series.

Perhaps if the script was intelligent and witty, and not the equivalent of EVERY family film that comes out nowadays, I'd like it.

Just perhaps.

But somewhere along the line in this world of cashing-in on superior originals, "Beethoven" lost the charm, wit and talent it once had and is now a snore-fest. Really, it went from a pleasant and enjoyable family comedy to a kids' movie with dumb dialogue, dumb situations, dumb characters, etc...the whole dumb works. It's almost like it's a whole other film series.

Or is it?

"Beethoven's 4th" gets 1/5 from me--it's weak, pathetic, has lost its charm (two sequels ago), and is filled with kiddie-film material and ultimately no intelligence whatsoever. The film execs who gave the go-ahead on this one were looking for one thing: Money.

Avoid this flop and see an intelligent family film, like 2001's "Monsters, Inc." That movie was good.

This one isn't.

1/5 stars -

John Ulmer

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