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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.

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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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Comedy | Drama | Family

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Hughes and Ivan Reitman have worked on five National Lampoon movies. Reitman produced National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). John Hughes had written the scripts for Class Reunion (1982), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). See more »

Goofs

In real life, the weight of male St. Bernards would not average up to 185 pounds, especially not at 1 year old. According to the American Kennel Club, the average weight a male St. Bernard reaches is exactly 180 pounds. Also, at 1 year old, a male St. Bernard would only weigh around 150 pounds. However, as Beethoven is fed rather constantly, it is possible that he may just be 35 pounds overweight. See more »

Quotes

George Newton: He slimed me!
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Man's best friend... can really drive you crazy!
20 June 2000 | by coverme6See all my reviews

I love dogs. I have one myself. Sure, she can be a handful

because taking care of her can be a hassle. I have to feed her,

and house train her. It's a dirty job cleaning up after my dog,

but somebody's gotta do it!

Dogs do not only make good pets, but they can really be good

actors as well. Take "Beethoven" for example. Played by the

lovable Kris, Beethoven the Saint Bernard acts as if he really

has human characteristics, like showing emotions of surprise and

annoyance, too. In fact, Beethoven acts like he IS the master of

his home sometimes, and George Newton (played with playful

despair by Charles Grodin), the big dog's owner, can't tolerate

his mutt's antics. The constant messes like splattering slobber

caused by the dog are the many "pet" peeves that get on George's

nerves so much that he's tempted to put the dog up for adoption,

but his adorable kids won't let him, for they don't want to lose

big Beethoven.

With enough laugh-out-loud jokes to tickle the easily-amused

crowd (mostly kids), "Beethoven" is a sure hit. This movie is

also great for dog owners. Now, usually I don't like family-oriented comedies, but any film that includes cute

canines always attracts me to seem them, no matter how cheesy o


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