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The 'Beethoven' film franchise can claim its share of connections to the popular NBC sitcom Seinfeld (1989). O-Lan Jones and Melora Walters, who played the biker woman and pet shop owner seen together at the beginning of the film, both appeared on that sitcom. Richard Portnow, who played the ammunition company representative (uncredited) in this film, and Kevin Dunn, who played Brillo (uncredited) in Beethoven's 2nd (1993) both appeared on that sitcom. Patricia Heaton (Brie) auditioned for the role of Elaine Benes on that show, a role which went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Laurel Cronin (Devonia) worked on Broadway with Jerry Stiller, who played the recurring role of Frank Costanza on that show. In Seinfeld: The Opposite (1994) a poster for "Beethoven's 2nd" can be seen on the outside wall of a movie theater. See more »
When George comes into the house during a rainstorm. You can see clear sunny skies outside. See more »
We want to get in bed with Newton Auto Air Freshners!
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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 »
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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