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Beethoven 1992

4.4 out of 5 stars (41) IMDb 5.5/10

An adorable puppy named Beethoven wins the heart of George Newton (Charles Grodin) and his family - only to grow up into 185 pounds of romping, drooling, disaster-prone St. Bernard!

Starring:
Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Drama, Children & Family, Comedy
Director Brian Levant
Starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt
Supporting actors Dean Jones, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr, Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton, Laurel Cronin, O-Lan Jones, Nancy Fish, Craig Pinkard, Robi Davidson, Sherri Paysinger, Patrick LaBrecque, Jacob Kenner, Matthew Brooks, Chris Little
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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In my quest to find the pinnacle of dog performance, my eye was drawn to beethoven, the slobbering st bernard. With a combination of addictive jaunty music and quirky one liners, i have found beethoven to be a heart warming story of a family in crisis, saved by a canine angel. With cameo apperances from sci-fi legend David Duchovny and Ray Barone's wife the topical issues within the air freshner industry are highlighted and are shown how these problems can be resolved if you own a st bernards dog. This is a film to be enjoyed by both young and old and stands as a beautiful ending to any intoxicating evening.

Roll over beethoven!!
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I'm a huge fan of Milos Forman's academy award winning bioflick 'Amadeus', so I was hugely excited when a bloke down the pub told me that he'd worked his same magic on the other composer, 'Van' (at least, it would be if they followed the same naming convention. Sadly, as is so often the case, they had to talk down to the general public and go with 'Beethoven' instead).

Well, imagine my confusion. Beethoven (played by Charles Grodin apparently, in a deeply understated performance) isn't portrayed as the eccentric romantic composer we know and hum, but his story is told as a perceptive domestic metaphor about a naughty dog. Despite the canine's numerous antisocial and borderline sociopathic tendencies, he's still adored by the unquestioning children who wish to adopt him and nurture his talents (I think).

Dean Jones appears as a Salieri figure who want to steal his compositions and sell him for medical testing, but is foiled by Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt (career high points for them both) foiling the scheme through innate stupidity (I'm about 70% certain that this is what happens).

I wouldn't recommend this if you want a detailed history of Beethoven's life, but if you want a rough overview of the peaks and troughs of his career, this film does the job nicely. I hope the same can be said of the next film in my queue, The Bucket Liszt.
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Classic, fun family film which everyone will love. My 4 year old loves this film even though it's been around from my childhood days. And unlike alot of other films it's does'nt seem to get old even if it is the 40th time you've watched it. Would definately recommend to any parents looking for good honest entertainment.
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I was a teen when Beethoven came out in the early 90's, but I still fell under its charm. I just watched it for the first time in years, and I found that it actually holds up pretty well.

The Newton family is doing just fine, at least as father George (Charles Grodin) is concerned. But one morning, a St. Bernard puppy sneaks in the front door. It's love at first site for the three kids: Ryce, Ted, and Emily (Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, and Sarah Rose Karr). Even mom Alice (Bonnie Hunt) seems to like him right away. But George doesn't like the idea because he'll grow into a large dog that will slobber on or chew everything.

As the dog, named Beethoven, grows to his full size, George is proved right. But he also begins to help the family in other ways. Will they be there for him when veterinarian Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones) targets Beethoven in a sadistic experiment?

The movie moves quickly because it has several sub-plots. Ones involving the kids are actually introduced and resolved fairly quickly. There is a longer one involving whetherAliceis going to go back to work at the family air freshener company or not. But even that is fairly quick and plays into one of the two longer plots.

Now this isn't to say the movie isn't fairly predictable, especially since the previews showed a bit too much, spoiling some of the bigger laughs and plot twists of the film. Even so, when those scenes show up, they are still funny. It's a family comedy, so you can pretty much guess where the big plots are going, but those moments are still satisfying when you get there. However, there is one thing you'd really like to see resolved that never is.

I was actually surprised by the supporting cast they had for this movie. Dr.
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I bought this film for my 4year old granddaughter and she just loves it. She has watched it several times. It is good family viewing. Great value for money and delivered promptly.
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No problems with this order at all, the packaging was perfect and the order came before the estimated date of arrival. Happy to receommed.
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For about 2 months now, it's been difficult for my family to watch anything using Amazon Instant Video / Prime Instant Video. Constant buffering on laptop and also on smartphone.

Everything is fine with Netflix though.

So probably Amazon's servers are a victim of their own success and just don't have the power right now to deliver promptly. I'm sure they'll fix it. But right now it's a nuisance.

I won't hire anything again for a while.
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Hello

I purchased this film recently and I was not disappointed if you love dogs then this film is definitely for you!
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