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All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

A canine angel, Charlie, sneaks back to earth from heaven but ends up befriending an orphan girl who can speak to animals. In the process, Charlie learns that friendship is the most heavenly gift of all.

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Don Bluth (story), Ken Cromar (story) | 9 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Charlie B. Barkin (voice)
Dom DeLuise ... Itchy Itchiford (voice)
Judith Barsi ... Anne-Marie (voice)
Melba Moore ... Whippet Angel (voice)
Daryl Gilley Daryl Gilley ... Dog Caster (voice)
Candy Devine Candy Devine ... Vera (voice)
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Killer (voice)
Vic Tayback ... Carface (voice)
Rob Fuller Rob Fuller ... Harold (voice)
Earleen Carey Earleen Carey ... Kate (voice)
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Stella Dallas (voice)
Nigel Pegram ... Sir Reginald (voice)
Loni Anderson ... Flo (voice)
Ken Page ... King Gator (voice)
Godfrey Quigley ... Terrier (voice)
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Storyline

Charlie B. Barkin (Burt Reynolds), a rascally German Shepherd with a shady past, breaks out of the New Orleans Dog Pound with the help of his faithful friend Itchy (Dom De Luise), a nervously hyperactive dachshund. He then makes tracks to reunite with his gambling casino partner Carface Malone (Vic Tayback), a shifty pitbull who has planned a dastardly, and potentially deadly, double cross. Suddenly, Charlie finds himself at the Pearly Gates, face to face with the Heavenly Whippet (Melba Moore). Charlie weasels his way back to earth and reunites with Itchy. He plots his revenge against Carface and, along the way, acquires help from a little girl named Anne-Marie (who can talk to animals). After a series of fiendish schemes, close scrapes and unexpected adventures, both Charlie and Anne Marie find their lives at stake. Only one can be saved and the outcome is in Charlie's paws...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dog | heaven | revenge | animal | orphan | See All (236) »

Taglines:

But not all dogs stay there!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canine Mysteries See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,712,834, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$27,100,027

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,100,027
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As of 2018 all 3 of the main leads Dom Deluise, Judith Barsi and Burt Reynolds are dead. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is killed the first time by the car it is pushed down a hill. There are no hills in New Orleans. See more »

Quotes

Itchy Itchiford: I can't help it, Charlie, I always itch when I'm nervous.
Charlie: Well don't be nervous!
Itchy Itchiford: Just scratch this!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are interspersed with Charlie and Itchy's breakout from the pound. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although Charlie's nightmare about Hell was trimmed in the common cut of the film, a personal director's cut by Don Bluth' included the scene's full length. See more »


Soundtracks

Let Me Be Surprised
Written by Charles Strouse
Sung by Melba Moore and Burt Reynolds
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Bluth's most haunting, unusual, and powerfully poignant film.
7 April 2006 | by EarthwormJimFanSee all my reviews

I loved this film when I was little. Today at 17 it is one of my all time favorite animated films. Beautiful animation and appealing characters are just two of the things to like about this film. Although many people might not enjoy some of the songs, most of them are well-done and go along with the story. It focuses on Charlie, a roguish handsome German Shepard who may seem unlikable to some at first... but eventually will win you over.

Not a kiddie film by any means. Often very dark and frightening at times. A treat for Don Bluth fans and animation buffs. But do keep a tissue in handy. ADGTH never fails to make me cry and will do the same for those who are movie sensitive. Arguably one of the greatest non-Disney animated films of all time. Along with Watership Down and My Neighbor Totoro.

BOTTOM LINE: A heavenly masterpiece.


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