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Beethoven (1992)

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A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.

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Brian Levant

Writers:

John Hughes (as Edmond Dantès), Amy Holden Jones
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Grodin ... George Newton
Bonnie Hunt ... Alice Newton
Dean Jones ... Dr. Varnick
Nicholle Tom ... Ryce
Christopher Castile ... Ted
Sarah Rose Karr ... Emily
Oliver Platt ... Harvey
Stanley Tucci ... Vernon
David Duchovny ... Brad
Patricia Heaton ... Brie
Laurel Cronin ... Devonia Peet
O-Lan Jones ... Biker Woman
Nancy Fish ... Miss Grundel
Craig Pinkard Craig Pinkard ... Homeless Man
Robi Davidson Robi Davidson ... Mark
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Storyline

The Newton family live in their comfortable home, but there seems to something missing. This "hole" is filled by a small puppy, who walks into their home and their lives. Beethoven, as he is named, grows into a giant of a dog... a St Bernard. Doctor Varnick, the local vet has a secret and horrible sideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is on the bad doctor's list. Written by Rob Hartill

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The head of the family is the one with the tail. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Hund namens Beethoven See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,587,565, 5 April 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,114,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,214,049
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's film debut. He is the kid on the right wearing a green top who gets on the school bus while Ted hides behind a tree before getting on the bus. See more »

Goofs

At different times, George drives a wood-paneled station wagon and a solid brown station wagon. See more »

Quotes

George: I really don't like our dog.
Alice: I really don't like those people, George. I don't trust them. I don't want their money. I know my opinion doesn't matter, but I'm not interested in expanding. If I had been home instead of helping you impress those morons, Emily wouldn't have fallen in the pool. And I'm not re-entering the work force, George. You're gonna have to do this on your own. And you will. Somehow, you'll make your fortune. And tucked away behind you deep in the shadows will be me and the ...
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As the end credits finish, a short scene plays of Beethoven standing on a rock, silhouetted against a sunset. He barks as the credits end. See more »

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Roll Over Beethoven
Performed by Paul Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band
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Fun, with a GREAT dog!
8 November 2005 | by CMUltraSee all my reviews

We are dog lovers and had been meaning to watch some of the Beethoven series for quite a while. We found a DVD collection of all five at a good price so we snapped it up and sat down for the first installment.

We honestly didn't know what to expect so, to minimize our risk of disappointment, decided that we were only watching to enjoy the St. Bernard. The movie turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, easily exceeding those expectations.

Beethoven is the star, as he should be. The human cast, however, perform wonderfully in providing the light framework required to string Beethoven's scenes together. Charles Grodin especially shines as the dad who is, at first, not exactly enthused about getting a dog. Much less a monster dog who only drools and sheds and eats.

So, if you enjoy dogs and light-hearted fun, Beethoven won't disappoint. There are no Machiavellian plots or cruel content. The family is wonderfully good, the villains are comically bad and the suspense of their threat is enjoyable because you know, Beethoven's gonna win in the end.

Overall, very charming with a good, wholesome sense of humor. 6.5 out of 10.


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