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All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

In 1939, After escape from rest of peace of dogs, When Charlie Barkin went to heaven on afterlife to the universe.

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 (232) »

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 Detective See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$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

MGM cut a scene involving Charlie in Hell to avoid a possible PG rating. Don Bluth owns a private version of the uncut film that has never been released on home media. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie fights with Carface in the abandoned ship, as he looks down at Anne-Marie, the water caustics reflected beneath the ledge are superimposed over Charlie's head. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Hey! I know we're all dead up here, but so's the music. How about heating it up?
Vera: Honey, you know it!
[Upbeat gospel music plays]
Charlie: That's nice. That's nice.
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Crazy Credits

The credits, featuring a choral symphony, are interrupted by Charlie, who complains that just because "we're all dead doesn't mean the music has to be." The heavenly whippet (Melba Moore, a gospel singer) agrees, and a rollicking gospel rendition begins. A scene featuring Carface and the heavenly whippet shows Carface stealing his own watch as Charlie did, with the whippet chasing him. Charlie appears, and coyly says, "He'll be back", and winks at the camera. See more »


Soundtracks

Let's Make Music Together
Written by Charles Strouse
Sung by Ken Page 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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