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Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)

A murdered detective must avenge his murder after he is reincarnated as a dog.

Director:

Joe Camp

Writer:

Rod Browning

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Browning
Benji ... Benji a.k.a Browning (as Benjean)
Jane Seymour ... Jackie
Omar Sharif ... Bart
Robert Morley ... Bernie
Stuart Germain Stuart Germain ... Higgins / Deaf Postie
Alan Sues ... Freddie
John Stride John Stride ... Alistair Becket
Donnelly Rhodes ... Montanero
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Margaret
Margaret Courtenay ... Lady Chalmers
Richard Vernon ... Quimby Charles
Frank Williams ... Mr. Easton
Albin Pahernik Albin Pahernik ... Pelican Man
Susan Kellermann ... German Clerk
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Storyline

Browning is a PI with a bad cold, who's sent to investigate a case by a mysterious client.He stumbles across the body of a young woman and is stabbed to death, and when he wakes up in heaven, they tell him he's "marginal material," and they can only decide on his final destination through one last assignment: to go back and solve his own murder. As a dog. A cute fluffy little dog (Benji). Undaunted, Browning begins to investigate the case as best he can around his canine disabilities (dialing the phone presents a special challenge) to solve the murders, save the girl, and see justice done. Written by Kathy Li

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An adult tail of murder, mystery, and forbidden love. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some mild scenes of violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beniamino agente segreto See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,216,067
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both the name of Chevy Chase and the character he played, Benjamin Browning, were alliterations. See more »

Goofs

Benji couldn't have been listening to the woman at the gallery who mentioned the Senator "swooshing down the slopes" since it was established he was tied up in the car at the time. It is possible that he heard it if Jackie taped it, but it was never revealed that she was recording at the time. See more »

Quotes

Jackie: What're you doing here?
Browning: Having cough medicine, what're you doing here?
Jackie: This isn't cough medicine, it's brandy.
Browning: So I lied.
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Crazy Credits

After nearly all of the end titles have passed, "WOOF!" appears on the screen as the final title. See more »

Connections

Featured in Benji at Work (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Return to Paradise
written by Elton John and Gary Osborne
performed by Elton John & Gary Osborne (as Cary Osborn)
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Like mixing mustard with milk.
30 July 2013 | by flackjacketSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Chevy Chase and back in 1974, I actually liked the first Benji movie.

But then again, I was only 11 at the time. When I saw it again as an adult, I realized it was a super sappy sentimental anomaly for dog lovers, with bad acting, apparently filmed through whatever filter they used for Doris Day movies. Not sure if it was to hide the dog's dingle berries, or the fact that the housekeeper looked like Hell ran a demonic wrinkle tractor over her face. But regardless, I liked it as a kid.

I've also always like Chevy Chase since the 70's, his work on SNL and almost all of his movies... except this one.

So how can they combine 2 things I like and come up with something as repulsive as this movie? It's like mixing milk and mustard. Separately, they are good, but when combined they are used to induce vomiting. This movie has the same effect, 2 worlds that just shouldn't have been combined.


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