Beethoven

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Released 1992

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Director:
Brian Levant
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG

Beethoven, a 1992 comedy written by John Hughes, tells the story of the Newton family and their unusual St. Bernard dog. As the movie opens, a St. Bernard puppy flees from burglars hired by a veterinarian, Herman Varnick (Dean Jones), to ransack a pet store for subjects for Varnick's unethical experiments. The puppy escapes into the Newton family home, where the children convince their father, George (Charles Grodin), to let them keep the dog, whom they name Beethoven. Beethoven soon becomes a beloved member of the family; he frightens away bullies who threaten the children and even saves a girl who falls into a pool. George, however, is jealous of the attention and affection showered on Beethoven. He takes Beethoven to a veterinarian, who turns out to be Varnick. Hoping to use Beethoven in his experiments, Varnick suggests to George that the dog is dangerous, and George brings Beethoven in so that Varnick can euthanize him. When the distraught Newton children visit Varnick's office, however, they discover that the vet is hiding something.

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Comedy, Drama

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Family Comedies, Family Dramas