Turner and Hooch (1989)



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One by-product of two consecutive Oscar wins is that Tom Hanks no longer has to appear in such potboilers as Turner and Hooch. Hanks plays Turner, a meticulously groomed, excruciatingly well-organized detective working in a small California coastal town. When local "character" Amos Reed (John McIntire) is murdered by drug smugglers, the only witness is Reed's slobbery, smelly mutt, Hooch. You're way ahead of us, folks: Turner, who despises dogs in general and Hooch in particular, is compelled to put the cantankerous dog up as his house guest. Also easily predictable is the fact that Turner and Hooch will, by the next-to-last reel, become boon companions. To its credit, the film has an abundance of laughs and thrills...but, gee, that ending! Neither terrific nor terrible, Turner and Hooch is a pleasant time-filler; we do wish, however, that more time had been spent on the budding romance between Turner and veterinarian Emily Carson (Mare Winningham).
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Tom Hanks
as Det. Scott Turner
Mare Winningham
as Dr. Emily Carson
Craig T. Nelson
as Chief Howard Hyde
Reginald VelJohnson
as Det. David Sutton
Scott Paulin
as Zack Gregory
J.C. Quinn
as Walter Boyett
John McIntire
as Amos Reed
David Knell
as Ernie
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Harley McCabe
Kevin Scannell
as Jeff Foster
Joel Bailey
as Ferraday
Ernie Lively
as Motel Clerk
Clyde Kusatsu
as Kevin Jenkins
Elaine Renee Bush
as Store Clerk
Eda Reiss Merin
as Mrs. Remington
Victor DiMattia
as Sean Boyett
Elden Henson
as Eric Boyett
Cheryl Anderson
as Mrs. Boyett
Sharon Madden
as Mrs. Kathy Harper
Daniel Ben Wilson
as Mike Harper
Jenny Drugan
as Christine Harper
Madeleine Cowie Klein
as Animal Control Woman
Julian Sylvester
as Animal Control Man
Linda Eve Miller
as Mrs. Pine
Jim Beaver
as Plant Manager
Terry Israel
as Police Officer
Andrew Walker
as Police Officer
Frederick Ponzlov
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Turner and Hooch

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

The rather mechanical style of director Roger Spottiwoode (who took over the film after original director Henry Winkler departed) fails to enliven the stereotypical criminal proceedings.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

From the moment when Hooch first appears to the strains of Strauss' 'Also sprach Zarathustra', the gags can be smelt a mile off, and the thriller elements are as hackneyed as an episode of Murder She Wrote.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The one level on which this mild children's comedy works is as an extended gross joke for 8-year-olds.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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If there's a new hair in this dogeared dramedy, it would take a bloodhound to sniff it out.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Hanks, who can even grace a film such as "The 'Burbs," is always a movie's best friend.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Dog-buddy comedy has lots of slobber and some violence.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Turner and Hooch

"This is not your room." I remember some of these caninecop movies from the 80's. This one was probably the best of the bunch. The film also features a young Tom Hanks, who wasn't at that time a big star. That would happen after some years... The film starts as a typical 80's cop movie with a saxophone tune on the background when the lead character is being introduced. It's immediately obvious that Hanks' character is a good, not your typical cop who is something of a neat freak. The first time Hooch, a super drooler mastiff, was introduced, I became instantly infatuated with the dog. It looked somewhat of a Predator on four legs. The slow motion sequence, with its snout going all over... Excellent. The story is a typical cop movie that has its moments but most of the movie concentrates on the building relationship between Turner and Hooch. Tom Hanks shows his comedic talents but most of the scenes are robbed by the dog. The scene where he shows the house to the dog, the stakeout scene, the end scene. All of these scenes were perfect examples on how a good dog 'actor' can make an average movie worth a look. Some scenes, especially in the end may give tears of laughter and sadness to all who admire these cute furry pooches. As an end statement, I must confess that I'm a dog owner. I just love these "man's best friend's". I've always had dogs and I can understand the reactions of Hanks character, that occurred throughout the movie. You simply can't find a more trust worthy animal.

Jani H
Jani H

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Funny movie about a cop and his side kick dog called Hooch, whom he needs to help him identify a murderer.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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Tom Hanks is hillarious in this movie!!!!!!!

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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