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  • Actors: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones, Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Brian Levant
  • Writers: Edmond Dantes, Amy Holden Jones
  • Producers: Joe Medjuck, Michael C. Gross, Ivan Reitman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219733
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beethoven" on IMDb

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Put Charles Grodin together with a 200-pound Saint Bernard and you're likely to come up with some good laughs. In this popular family comedy from 1992 Grodin plays a beleaguered dad who reluctantly lets his kids keep the lost puppy they've adopted. The dog quickly grows into the huge and clever hound named Beethoven. In a marked departure from his nice-guy roles in several Disney comedies from the 1960s and '70s, Dean Jones plays the villainous veterinarian who abducts Beethoven to be a subject in his sadistic animal experiments. The kidnapping sets the stage for a raucous rescue and, of course, an inevitable sequel. Innocuous but harmlessly entertaining, Beethoven is one of those movies that some kids can't get enough of. --Jeff Shannon

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Fall in love with the big-hearted, wet-nosed star of this outrageous comedy hit from producer Ivan Reitman. With nefarious dognappers hot on his heels, an adorable puppy named Beethoven adopts the unsuspecting Newton family - and promptly gorws up into 185 pounds of romping, drooling, disaster-prone St. Bernard! Charles Grodin is George, the none-too-thrilled father whose disdain for the cuddly canine turns to loyalty after Beethoven becomes the target of unspeakable animal experimentation. Now it's up to George to save the day in this fetching adventure that's "...fun for the whole family" (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

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I'm not ashamed to say, it still makes me laugh.
Zaney Jane
It's just a very lighthearted and fun film with real characters and a plot that is just as funny as it is heartwarming.
Carly
8 year old daughter and I love this movie and watch it over and over, which we have done with this movie for years!!!!
Bailey Holmes

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. on April 17, 2005
Format: DVD
This was one of my favorite movies as a kid and now even as an adult I see all the magic that made me enjoy it when I was younger. After watching this movie even the person in your family who is not an animal lover will want to go out and adopt a St.Bernard!

It starts when Beethoven is just a puppy by narrowingly escaping a pet store robbery Beethoven wanders the streets until he enters the lives of the Newton family. After Emily Newton the youngest member of the clan awakes in the morning to see a cute little fluffy St. Bernard puppy in her bed "I dreamt I had a puppy and my dream came true." George and Alice Newton are besides themselves on what to do with the dog- they can't keep it is George's first reaction. It will ruin the yard, destroy the house, it will grow to be enormous, and then it will die and we'll have to replace it and start the whole process all over again. Well George despite, being an a non-dog person decides to keep it for the sake of the kids "It's just temporary" he says. But, soon Beethoven the lovable St.Bernard becomes a member of the family- dealing with all childhood crisises from bullies and to first crushes- as this happens he also gets REALLLY big creating huge messes that George Newton reluctantly puts up with! Well, Beethoven is a very special dog with a remarkable love for his family sensing danger for the Newtons from saving George from the finical ruin of his company to the near death drowning of little Emily. But, suddenly Beethoven finds himself in the grips of an villianious vet who wants to use him to test out a new gun anumition on- only problem is the Newton family isn't going to give Beethoven up with out a fight! Even George loves the creature now.

This movie made my eleven year old host sister roll over on the floor with laughter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Cullen on July 19, 2000
Format: DVD
First, I gotta admit to my partiality towards St. Bernards in particular and big dogs in general. So, naturally, my review of this film is somewhat skewed in that direction. Still, I think it's a wonderful film, even in the context of "family movies." And like the title of this review says, it's a wonderful oasis from all the other movies out there that seek to anthropomorphize animals, rather it just portrays a dog being...well...a dog. Refreshing. Grodin does a good job, I'd rank it somewhere between "Midnight Run" and "The Great Muppet Caper." And whoever trained the big lug that was Beethoven deserves due credit, too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gunner VINE VOICE on April 16, 2008
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Beethoven is a comedy about a family with a Saint Bernard dog and all the trouble the dog gets in to. A laugh-a-minute.

Highly recommended for the entire family, especially dog lovers.

Gunner April, 2008
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessie on July 8, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I used to watch "Beethoven" when I was was young, and I was watching it today. We have this and "Beethoven's 2nd" on video, but I agree that "Beethoven" may not be for younger children but I really, really love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Karen Rigsbey on January 29, 2014
Format: DVD
"Beethoven" will most likely make a kid out of you for life if you really enjoy the movie, and, realistically, it is difficult not to. Its plot might be lighter than a Bloho the Clown cluster of balloons, but it makes several good points for a family-friendly, light-hearted entertainment vehicle. In other words, this is not your typical, more recent type of ignorance fest that is par for course for Hollywood output. (Most modern movies are simply feces in disguise.) No, "Beethoven" takes a more interesting look at animal experimentation and explores the theme of animal mistreatment and, surprisingly, it really doesn't slough it off as harmless. While the script is rather light (as it was intended to be), it is at least aware of the cruelty and suffering that goes on frequently in this world of ours. But with a likable star (the dog!), and a rather touching music score (well, it is), "Beethoven" is a movie that I can watch even now, when I've grown older, more cynical, and more discriminate. "Major Payne" belongs in the past. "Beethoven" belongs any time.
With its run of thoroughly enjoyable performances (Charles Grodin has a unique quality as an actor, one that I feel is overlooked by critics, in that he can elevate almost any material to its appropriate level of humor without making you feel you've lost brain cells by enjoying it), including a nasty turn by the Dean (Jones) himself, and a presentation of mostly likeable people/characters on hand, this is one to treasure. Most summer popcorn movies are disposable (as they are intended to be), and most kid-friendly films are made for their time to appeal to the current viewing audience. But "Beethoven" is something better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zaney Jane on March 21, 2012
Format: DVD
I love watching this movie with my kids. I'm not ashamed to say, it still makes me laugh. Great movie to watch with the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DD Sai on June 11, 2011
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This movie is a fun family movie that can be watched over and over again without you ever getting tired of it. The second one is just as cute. Great for small kids and big ones but the only downfall is it leaves you wanting a St. Bernard for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on March 14, 2011
Format: DVD
It's unfortunate that Beethoven hasn't become a classic because I remember back in the day it was an *extremely* popular family film. You see 20 years ago, comedies pertaining to dogs and cats wasn't yet beaten into the ground to the point of being predictably bland so the viewers were able to better appreciate them. Perhaps that explains why this film isn't considered a classic- there's too many similar types out there these days.

Anyway, I'm not the biggest fan of Saint Bernards because they slobber a lot and actually strike me as the kind of dog that can suddenly turn vicious without giving warning (perhaps I'm wrong about that- hey, every dog is brought up differently) but when they're puppies it's impossible to deny just how adorable and surprisingly small they are. I really enjoy the puppy segment in the beginning, especially the perfect timing of Beethoven hiding in a trashcan at just the right moment so the dognappers couldn't find him. Oh, and we can't forget that biker chick who walked into the pet store looking for something suitable for her personality only to have a certain... disgusting incident happen, hehe.

This is the kind of well-written family movie where numerous scenes remain extremely memorable to me over the years, so the entire film flows with so much great humor and perfect timing. Who can possibly forget the scene when the husband/father walks through the front door, sees muddy dog footprints all over his floor and carpet, and ventures upstairs only to be the victim of the greatest slobbering surprise of his life! Nowadays I realize they exaggerated the amount of slobber flying around in every which direction, but back in the day I thought this segment was quite realistic, haha.
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