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Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 1992
A young boy learns to appreciate the music of his upstairs boarder, Ludwig Van Beethoven.


David Devine


Heather Conkie

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Neil Munro Neil Munro ... Ludwig Van Beethoven
Illya Woloshyn Illya Woloshyn ... Christoph
Fiona Reid ... Mother
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Mr. Schindler
Albert Schultz ... Uncle Kurt
Sheila McCarthy ... Sophie(Maid)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luca Ackerman Luca Ackerman ... Street Boy
Ross Conkey Ross Conkey ... Street Boy
David Foote David Foote ... Street Boy
J. Hanus Jr. J. Hanus Jr. ... Prince's Rider
Lubomír Kostelka ... Waiter
Murray Lipton Murray Lipton ... Quartet Member
John McCarthy ... Musician


Young Christoph is convinced his mother has rented out the upstairs room to a madman. That boarder is Ludwig Van Beethoven who is busy composing his Ninth Symphony, one of his greatest works. The boy and the cantankerously eccentric deaf composer eventually meet and Christoph begins to see the softer side of Beethoven as his music begins to win the boy over. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Music


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1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nálunk lakik Beethoven See more »

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Did You Know?


At one point in the film, an angry Christoph is told that Ludwig van Beethoven is working on his Ninth Symphony. He retorts by saying that he hopes it is Beethoven's last. It was. The 9th symphony was finished in 1824, and he died three years later without writing another one. See more »


Christoph: You're all just a bunch of sissy-faced cowards!
Street Boy: You wanna make something of it?
Christoph: Yeah!
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worthwhile kid's-eye view of Beethoven
23 June 2002 | by rvm-2See all my reviews

This movie was told from the point of view of a child, as the title implies, and I believe it largely succeeds for that audience. It's easy to see how a child would find this imposing man frightening - he bosses people around and gets away with it, he's loud, he's peculiar, and he's very angry. The journey for the boy is from fear to awe, and seeing that the Beethoven's pain and struggle had a purpose: it was not madness at all.

This is not a comprehensive portrayal of Beethoven, but shows younger viewers that people are not always what they appear, and are worth understanding. It also shows that great accomplishments sometimes have a high price associated with them.

I found this movie while channel surfing, and it held my attention partially because it made frequent use of Beethoven's wonderful music.

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