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Beethoven's 3rd (2000)

G | | Family, Comedy | Video 25 July 2000
The Newton family from the first two Beethoven movies are on vacation in Europe, but do plan to join a Newton family reunion, and to make sure one of their family members definitely makes ... See full summary »


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John Hughes (characters) (as Edmond Dantès), Amy Holden Jones (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Richard Newton
Julia Sweeney ... Beth Newton
Joe Pichler Joe Pichler ... Brennan Newton
Michaela Gallo Michaela Gallo ... Sara Newton
Mike Ciccolini Mike Ciccolini ... Tommy (as Michael Ciccolini)
Jamie Marsh ... Bill
Danielle Keaton ... Penny (as Danielle Wiener)
Frank Gorshin ... Uncle Morrie
Holly Mitchell ... Kennel Employee
Mark Carlton Mark Carlton ... Ranger Smith
Dana Lee ... Sheriff Festus
Big Nate Kanae Big Nate Kanae ... Black Bart / Sumo Cowboy (as Big Nate)
Greg Pitts ... Quentin / Video Store Clerk
Dean Wayton Dean Wayton ... Delivery Man
Scott Evans Scott Evans ... Grocery Store Manager


The Newton family from the first two Beethoven movies are on vacation in Europe, but do plan to join a Newton family reunion, and to make sure one of their family members definitely makes it, they ship him to travel to the reunion with George Newton's brother Richard. Guess which family member it was? That's right, Beethoven! The giant dog follows Richard Newton and his family of a nagging wife and two bratty kids, as they hit the road to California in a huge, shiny, and expensive RV, equipped with a DVD player. Following them, are two bumbling crooks who have hidden some secret codes on a DVD that they figure no one in the world will buy, but someone does: Richard. So now they have a DVD holding top secret information, and the crooks must get it back. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Buckle Up... Beethoven Is Taking A Road Trip!


Family | Comedy


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

25 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The hotel, in which the family ends up spending their one night, happens to be the same hotel, from which Chevy Chase steals the cash from the register, in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). See more »


Quenton, the video store guy, says that The Shakiest Gun in the West is from 1967, but it is actually from 1968. See more »


[first lines]
[Sara and Beth are packing for their trip]
Beth Newton: What are you doing?
Sara Newton: [holding a camcorder] Dad said I'm family videographer. I'm documenting our journey!
[Beth grabs some items and chuckles at Sara's comment]
Beth Newton: We're not going on a journey, Sara. We're going on a very long drive.
Beth Newton: Nuh-uh! Dad said we're taking a journey!
[Beth chuckles again]
Sara Newton: Does the R.V. have a power port for my laptop?
Beth Newton: Well, we're on a budget, Sara and the economy R.V. might not even have a toilet; but I'm sure it has a ...
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Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2012) See more »

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Mediocre entry in the Beethoven franchise
23 March 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the first film, and while the second had its faults that was pretty good as well. Along with the fourth film, which is little more than a mediocre canine rehash on the classic Prince and the Pauper tale, this is one of the weaker films of the franchise. The soundtrack is great and Beethoven himself is fun and huggable, but everything else doesn't work. Judge Reinhold takes over from Charles Grodin, and while I have nothing personal against Reinhold, he overcompensates by acting almost every scene like it is an amateur dramatics pantomime. Julia Sweeney looks really lovely as his wife but she is underused and looks embarrassed. I am not surprised that the acting was sub par for they are very ill used with a badly underwritten script, very amateurish camera work and a very formulaic plot. I know the plot wasn't necessarily a strong point in the first Beethoven film, but at least that film had charm and fun. The pacing is also uneven, and as the increasingly silly and unfunny antics wore on I found myself bored and caring less for the characters, especially those rather clownish villains. Not to mention a flat climax that felt rushed and abrupt. Overall, disappointing and mediocre. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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