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A young girl (Sara) and her rascally hound (Beethoven) move to Uncle Freddy's old mining town for the summer during the first movement, as dramatically introduced by two famous and oft-quoted fortissimo phrases (said to represent Fate knocking on the door). The theme is expanded and then brought to a bridge by the horns before introducing the second theme: a softer, more lyrical section in E flat major, where the incorrigible canine "unearths" the first clue to a fabled treasure.

The second movement, in "double variation" form, presents and varies two themes in alternation. First, many animals falsely befriend Beethoven for disrespectful reasons of greediness, carried by the cellos, violas, and double-basses. Second, slapstick hi-jinks ensue as the creatures pursue wealth, with harmony in the woodwinds, while Beethoven and Sara seek the truth (a third theme of thirty-second notes).

This family-friendly work of art raises many important moral considerations for your children: Can love and true friendship overcome greed and phoniness? Can the traditional minuet and trio form of the third movement be replaced by a scherzo and trio form? Can a dog literally shoot a ghost? Find out in this straight-to-DVD classic by one of the directors of this century!

Beethoven's 5th is an Comedy, Kids & Family movie that was released in 2003 and has a run time of 1 hr 30 min. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.1.

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| 2003 | 1 hr 30 min | 4.1/10
Cast
Dave Thomas, Faith Ford, Daveigh Chase, Tom Poston
Director
Mark Griffiths
Produced By
Mike Elliot
Language
English
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