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Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 1992
A young boy learns to appreciate the music of his upstairs boarder, Ludwig Van Beethoven.


David Devine


Heather Conkie
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Neil Munro Neil Munro ... Ludwig Van Beethoven
Illya Woloshyn Illya Woloshyn ... Christoph
Fiona Reid ... Mother
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Mr. Schindler
Albert Schultz ... Uncle Kurt
Sheila McCarthy ... Sophie(Maid)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luca Ackerman Luca Ackerman ... Street Boy
Ross Conkey Ross Conkey ... Street Boy
David Foote David Foote ... Street Boy
J. Hanus Jr. J. Hanus Jr. ... Prince's Rider
Lubomír Kostelka ... Waiter
Murray Lipton Murray Lipton ... Quartet Member
John McCarthy ... Musician




Young Christoph is convinced his mother has rented out the upstairs room to a madman. That boarder is Ludwig Van Beethoven who is busy composing his Ninth Symphony, one of his greatest works. The boy and the cantankerously eccentric deaf composer eventually meet and Christoph begins to see the softer side of Beethoven as his music begins to win the boy over. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Music


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Based on the audio play of the same name. See more »


Christoph: Why does he have to write another Symphony? He's already made a Fourth, a Fifth, a Sixth, a Seventh, and an Eighth!
Uncle Kurt: And this one will be his Ninth.
Christoph: I hope it's his last!
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Intolerable Pandering
20 March 2005 | by MedtnerSee all my reviews

No wonder a lot of us hate classical music; and what are the children to think? With "educational" PR like this, serious music will soon slip from life support to the morgue. Kids know when they're being talked down to, and this is no exception; why can't someone good do a movie about classical music for kids? I must admit, I enjoyed the actor who played Beethoven, he took to the role with enthusiasm and a keen balance of the poignant and humorous aspects of Beethoven's character; he obviously did his research. Otherwise, this is a third rate rehash of the old ABC Afterschool Special format, with none of the occasional charm those short films had. Sorry about the rant, but this is an important subject for young people to know about, and it could have been done well; I wonder if musicians or filmmakers were responsible? Either way, the kids are hipper than you think, folks...


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1992 (USA) See more »

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Nálunk lakik Beethoven See more »

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