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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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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

Eleanor Keaton, Buster Keaton's widow, trained the dog Beethoven for this movie. See more »

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When Beethoven dragged the table and George's obnoxious clients at the sidewalk down the street, the table had "skis" on it. See more »

Quotes

[Dr. Varnick is about to shoot George]
Dr. Varnick: You're a very foolish man, Mr. Newton. You should have left well enough alone.
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Roll Over Beethoven
Performed by Paul Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band
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Produced by Paul Shaffer
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Geeky Randy's summary
31 March 2014 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

Classic '90s family comedy that is a little bit cookie-cutter, but too charming to pry too much. The Newtons, an upper-middle class Californian family, take in a stray St. Bernard puppy that escaped kidnapping for cruel experimentation. Conflict involves the gentle-giant dog winning the heart of the family's strict and materialistic father (played terrifically by Grodin), topped with staying a step ahead of the evil vet (played by a clean-cut Dean Jones) who is trying to track down his escaped canine. Platt and Tucci are funny as Jones' henchmen, but their effeminacy doesn't seem fitting—would have worked better if maybe they paid a little more homage to Jasper and Horace Badun from ONE HUNRED AND ONE DALMATIONS. Bonnie Hunt couples great with Grodin, but is perhaps slightly underused. All three children are intolerable. Still enjoyable despite its flaws; its replay value can be attributed to Grodin and Dean's performances, plus the story's pet-is-a-member-of-the-family philosophy.

*** (out of four)


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