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Beethoven's Big Break (2008)

Video  -  Comedy | Family  -  30 December 2008 (USA)
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Eddie, a struggling animal trainer and single dad suddenly finds himself the personal wrangler for a large and lovable St. Bernard whose fabulous movie "audition" catapults the dog to ... See full summary »



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Eddie, a struggling animal trainer and single dad suddenly finds himself the personal wrangler for a large and lovable St. Bernard whose fabulous movie "audition" catapults the dog to stardom. However, a trio of unscrupulous ne'er-do-wells have plans to kidnap the famous dog and hold him for ransom Written by cj

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »


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30 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Beethoven's 6th  »

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The first film in the Beethoven franchise to be given a PG rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) since the second film (which was released 15 years earlier, in 1993). See more »


In the scene when the boy names the dog Beethoven, the orchestra on the TV is indeed playing Beethoven's Fifth, as the announcer says. However, when the boy's father enters the living room and hears a classic melody of Beethoven, what you hear comes from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, not Fifth. See more »

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Beethoven barks along with the final two notes of the Universal theme as the logo fades out. See more »


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Written by Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert,
Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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You deserve a break today! Get this adorable new Beethoven!
2 May 2011 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Eddie (Jonathan Silverman) is a widowed father to son Billy (Moises Arias). An animal movie trainer, Eddie's main pet is an acting iguana but Billy longs for a dog. Dad says no. Meanwhile, Beethoven is homeless and goes looking for food in the LA suburbs, from butcher shops to pizza parlors. Of course, he crosses paths with Billy and the young lad can't resist bringing him home. Dad is aghast, especially when it turns out the canine is a she and there are puppies arriving soon! Although Eddie tells Billy they are only going to keep the dog temporarily while they search for a new home, Beethoven ends up going along to work. When the doggy star of Eddie's newest work, a bichon frise, ends up dognapped, the producer (Rhea Perlman) and the director (Eddie Griffin) are mad and fire the main animal trainer, giving Eddie the head job. And, when Beethoven runs through the set and makes everyone laugh, they ask the lovely screenwriter, Lisa (Jennifer Finnigan) to re-write the script with for their new St. Bernard star! At first, she is resentful and Lisa and Eddie bicker. But, soon, Lisa asks to come to Eddie's house to observe the dog and get ideas. As can be expected, proximity sometimes makes hearts beat faster. Meanwhile, the dognappers, getting no ransom for the small white dog, decide to go the same route and grab Beethoven. Will they succeed, ruining the completion of the motion picture and Eddie's job prospects? This adorable film will please everyone in the whole family, maybe the whole wide world. What's not to like, with great, funny stars, nice sets, lovely costumes, a zesty, imaginative script and a skilled, never-lagging direction? Give you and yours a break today, you deserve it, and get your hands on this one.

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