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Beethoven (1992)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 April 1992 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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

Gross USA:

$57,114,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,214,049
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter John Hughes is credited as "Edmond Dantes". The pseudonym is an homage to a character in "The Count of Monte Cristo". This film is one of only a few written by Hughes that takes place outside of Illinois. See more »

Goofs

When Harvey and Vernon hop the fence into the junkyard and the dobermans come out, a trainer or other crew member can be seen behind the pallets. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Varnick: Here for his shots?
George Newton: Yes.
Dr. Varnick: Well he'll be a little groggy this evening.
George Newton: That'll be nice.
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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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The Good & Bad Of 'Beethoven'
1 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was almost like an old-fashioned type of nice movie "the whole family will enjoy," as the stupid trailers used to always say. They aren't always right about that, but they are with this one.

BAD NEWS - The "bad news" was (a) the silly ending, (b) some silly-stupid scenes earlier in which what you saw could never really happen, and (c) the three kids were annoying and bossy at times.

GOOD NEWS - The "good news" is, of course, "Beethoven," the lovable Saint Bernard who is a lot of fun to watch, especially with all his facial expressions. Also, it's a very entertaining story and there is absolutely nothing offensive, language-wise, in here.

OVERALL - This was popular enough to spawn some sequels, none of which were close in caliber to this one. A good family film worth viewing, but mainly if you like big, lovable dogs.


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