Turner and Hooch (1989)



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Movie Info

While investigating a murder case, neat freak detective Turner reluctantly finds himself responsible for taking care of the only witness -- Hooch, the victim's lumbering, slobbering mess of a dog. This comedy follows the mismatched couple as they become the best of friends while banding together to solve the crime.

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod, Daniel Petrie Jr, Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 2, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures


as Det. Scott Turner

as Dr. Emily Carson

as Chief Howard Hyde

as Det. David Sutton

as Zack Gregory

as Walter Boyett

as Amos Reed

as Ernie

as Harley McCabe

as Jeff Foster

as Ferraday

as Motel Clerk

as Kevin Jenkins

as Store Clerk

as Mrs. Remington

as Sean Boyett

as Eric Boyett

as Mrs. Boyett

as Mrs. Kathy Harper

as Mike Harper

as Christine Harper

as Animal Control Woman

as Animal Control Man

as Plant Manager

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Sean Boyett

as Hooch the Dog

as Eric Boyett

as Mrs. Pine

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 26, 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 9, 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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If there's a new hair in this dogeared dramedy, it would take a bloodhound to sniff it out.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hanks, who can even grace a film such as "The 'Burbs," is always a movie's best friend.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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