All Dogs Go to Heaven

November 17th, 1989


All Dogs Go to Heaven

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A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 6.2/10 (11,300 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Don Bluth

Stars: Dom DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, Judith Barsi

When a casino owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the warning that doing that damns him to Hell. Once back, he teams with his old partner, Itchy to prep his retaliation. He also stumbles on to an orphan girl who can talk to the animals, thus allowing him to get the inside info on the races to ensure his wins to finance his plans. However, all the while, he is still haunted by nightmares on what's waiting for him on the other side unless he can prove that he is worthy of Heaven again.

Writers: Don Bluth, Ken Cromar

Burt Reynolds - Charlie B. Barkin (voice)
Dom DeLuise - Itchy Itchiford (voice)
Judith Barsi - Anne-Marie (voice)
Melba Moore - Whippet Angel (voice)
Daryl Gilley - Dog Caster (voice)
Candy Devine - Vera (voice)
Charles Nelson Reilly - Killer (voice)
Vic Tayback - Carface (voice)
Rob Fuller - Harold (voice)
Earleen Carey - Kate (voice)
Anna Manahan - Stella Dallas (voice)
Nigel Pegram - Sir Reginald (voice)
Loni Anderson - Flo (voice)
Ken Page - King Gator (voice)
Godfrey Quigley - Terrier (voice)

Taglines: But not all dogs stay there!


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 17 November 1989

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $27,100,027 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

On the soundtrack version of "Let Me Be Surprised", Charlie is heard saying "Damn that Carface, I'll kill him." but the "damn" part is removed in the movie (though Charlie still mouths the word)

Miscellaneous: At the very end, when Annabelle (the pink whippet) is taking Charlie back up to Heaven, Charlie has his blue pocket-watch again (the one he lost in the lake) and their lips are moving yet, they aren't talking. This is because they re-used the beginning of the "Let Me Be Surprised" scene.

Carface: Charlie's alive, and I know he's got the girl. Killer, this is strike two. You're out.
Killer: No, boss! I have one more strike, boss! Honest!

User Review

Brings back memories

Rating: 10/10

All dogs go to Heaven is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I first saw it when I was like 3. Now I'm 12 and I rented it, it makes me think of things and it brings back so many memories, those were "the days". I love the music, I love when Charlie is arriving in Heaven, I love the song "Let me be surprised". I love how Charlie looks and his voice, Bert Reynolds could only play Charlie's voice this great. I love this movie, the 1st one is the best one because it's so original and great. It really does bring back memories that no one can describe, not even me. If only I could go back to those days. I love the characters. If this is the way the memories come back when I'm 12 imagine how I'll feel when I'm like 19, I hope I'll be able to watch this when I'm older. When I first seen this I never knew that I would really look back on it and feel this way , I hope it will be available to watch. I'm so happy that this movie was made and the amazing idea came to mind and heart. On a scale from 1-10 I'd give it a perfect 10. It's an amazing movie. It's so hard to explain the feeling, when I get older and if I have kids, I hope they can experience this feeling.


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