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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

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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

Writer Amy Holden Jones and Oliver Platt also worked together on Indecent Proposal (1993). See more »

Goofs

In the scene after Beethoven "attacks" the vet, Dad goes into the backyard and gets Beethoven to take him to the vet's office, the dog's neck and snout are mysteriously clean even though only moments earlier they were smeared with fake blood. See more »

Quotes

George Newton: We are "people" people here. I mean, we are goldfish people, uh, we're antfarm people. We're not dog people.
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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
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Marginally funny laughing at Grodin
27 July 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Beethoven is a St Bernard puppy who escapes from a couple of dog thieves (Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt). He follows George Newton (Charles Grodin) into his house. The kids fall in love with him and his wife Alice (Bonnie Hunt) wants to keep the puppy. It's a battle between George and Beethoven for the run of the house as he grows into a giant dog. He's trying to sell a business deal to Brad (David Duchovny) and Brie (Patricia Heaton). The dog is super smart and becomes the family's best friend. Evil vet Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones) has a sideline selling dogs for evil experiments while working with the dog thieves.

It's the grumpiness of Charles Grodin that makes this marginally funny. He allows the audience to laugh at him and there are some pretty good slapstick fun. It's mostly good family fare with a really evil villain. The bad guys are a little too ridiculous. That takes a little bit away from an otherwise fun family movie.


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