Beethoven

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Overview

Feeling that something is lacking in their lives, the family of suburbanite Charles Grodin adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy. The cute lite beast grows up to be the less-than-cute Beethoven, a sloppy, slobbery, oversized and extremely destructive animal. Beethoven also brings with him a lot of hidden baggage in the form of evil veterinarian Dean Jones, who'll stop at nothing to steal Beethoven for the purposes of his insidious lab experiment. Several sequels followed, beginning ...
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Overview

Feeling that something is lacking in their lives, the family of suburbanite Charles Grodin adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy. The cute lite beast grows up to be the less-than-cute Beethoven, a sloppy, slobbery, oversized and extremely destructive animal. Beethoven also brings with him a lot of hidden baggage in the form of evil veterinarian Dean Jones, who'll stop at nothing to steal Beethoven for the purposes of his insidious lab experiment. Several sequels followed, beginning with 1993 Beethoven's Second.
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Don't be confused by the numerous sequels; Brian Levant's Beethoven is no classic. In fact, its only classic element is the classical composer referenced in the title. Otherwise, Beethoven is just a collection of cornball moments and clich├ęd scenes from other family movies in which a cute kid begs "Can I keep him, Dad? Can I?" As the paterfamilias du jour, Charles Grodin seems to have been hired solely for his ability to contort his face into exaggerated shock and frustration. The fact that the titular dog is Dennis the Menace to his Mr. Wilson gets old after about a scene and a half. Playing his wife, the terrific comic actor Bonnie Hunt seems embarrassed to be involved with such obvious humor and reheated conventions. Those who should really be embarrassed are screenwriters John Hughes (under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes) and Amy Holden Jones. When they're not dwelling in the obvious, they're trafficking in the preposterous. The primary dramatic conflict involves a malevolent veterinarian (Dean Jones), who wants to steal Beethoven so he can use him for black market animal testing. See, the vet wants Beethoven for his "large skull," so he can determine the splatter capacity (not in so many words) of a certain type of handgun. Besides the fact that this is way too dark for children, it's absurd that the villain would fixate on this one dog, since there should be many available avenues for acquiring test subjects that don't involve stealing them from nuclear families. Beethoven's greatest curiosity may be its early appearances by future stars: David Duchovny and Patricia Heaton as insufferable businesspeople, and Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt as bumbling henchmen. Having been instructed by Levant to chew the scenery, they must have been truly relieved when they were cast in their next roles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • UPC: 096898139434
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Grodin George Newton
Bonnie Hunt Alice Newton
Dean Jones Dr. Varnick
Oliver Platt Harvey
Nicholle Tom Ryce Newton
Christopher Castile Ted Newton
Stanley Tucci Vernon
Sarah Rose Karr Emily Newton
David Duchovny Brad
Patricia Heaton Brie
David Cale
Steve Jacobs
Laurel Cronin Devonia Peet
O-Lan Jones Biker Woman
Nancy Fish Miss Grundel
Craig Pinkard Homeless Man
Sherri Paysinger Reporter
Patrick LaBrecque 1st Bully
Matthew Brooks 3rd Bully
Cory Danziger Mark's Friend
Maxine Hicks Old Woman
Melora Walters Maria
Holly Wortell 2nd Nurse
Joseph Gordon-Levitt 1st Student
Technical Credits
Brian Levant Director
Charles William Breen Art Director
Edmond Dantes Screenwriter
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Gary Fettis Set Decoration/Design
William D. Gordean Editor
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. Gross Producer
Amy Jones Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Associate Producer, Editor
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Joe Medjuck Producer
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
Gary Ross Screenwriter
Alex Tavoularis Production Designer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Gordon A. Webb Co-producer
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good movie to all you animal lovers real good

    Well my mom is a huge animal lover which is nice so is the movie although some parts are sorta sad with the mean man who wants to put poor Beethoven down thats real animal cruilty which is totally wrong but the rest of the movie is well pretty good i like the ending when all the dogs are in bed with the husband and wife! LoL Goodnight Beetoven sweet dreams!

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