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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the official "Benji" fan-site, "Benji is the only American actor ever banned from England. The British had a six-month quarantine on dogs in place, when Joe Camp wanted to shoot this movie there. The film had to be shot in Canada and France. The river scene at the end of the picture with Benji and a cat, is supposed to be the Thames, reports Camp, but is actually the Seine, at that famous spot right across from Notre Dame." See more »

Goofs

After it's established that Alister Becket's birthday is March third, Benji remarks that it is six months passed (or six months away). Earlier, however, when scouting the scene of the crime, he looks at the desk calendar and sees that it's mid-October, so really Becket's birthday was less than five months ago or away. See more »

Quotes

Benji a.k.a Browning: [Browning's first words after returning to Earth as Benji the dog as he narrowly escapes getting hit by a garbage truck] Oh, shit! That was close!
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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 »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Conquest (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Arrow Through Me
written by Paul McCartney
Performed by Wings
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"He was just a puppy at heart".
18 December 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Around the time Chevy Chase had hit it big with Saturday night live, he started to get movie offers. So after sharing the screen with Goldie Hawn in "Foul Play", we who would see Chase voicing the thoughts of everyone's favourite show-time pooch at the time; the lovable Benji. "Oh Heavenly Dog" is a comedy murder mystery that sees Chase as a washed-up detective that's murdered and then is sent back down to earth in the form of a dog to uncover who killed him. So would you class it as a Chase vehicle? Not really. Would he go far for being in it. Probably not. However the dry humour and the presence of Benji (who's quite well-trained and steals nearly every scene)… just fitted snugly with Chase. Maybe minor, but passable. The story plays out like a lively comic strip, where it's all about investigating the clues from a dog's point of view and also getting into mishaps within a London / Paris backdrop. Quite foreseeable plotting, but nonetheless amusingly undemanding. Along the way the lovely Jane Seymour finds herself caught-up in the web and Omar Sharif is at his seedy best in trying to cover everything up. The cast kind of keeps a straight-face throughout. Also the buoyant sounding music soundtrack is an odd assortment of choices. Perhaps better remembered for nostalgic reasons, but "Oh Heavenly Dog" is an admirable little comedy fantasy.


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