Turner & Hooch (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  28 July 1989 (USA)
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A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer.



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Det. David Sutton (as Reginald Veljohnson)
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David Knell ...
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Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some "real" cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed's dog, Hooch, which Scott Turner has to take care of if it's going to avoid being "put to sleep". Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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28 July 1989 (USA)  »

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$71,079,915 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Henry Winkler was originally hired as the director. But two weeks into filming he was fired by Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg who was dissatisfied with Winkler's work. See more »


When Turner is playing with Hooch in his living room, Hooch is chasing Turner and barking at him. However, the audio of the barking is way out of sync with any movements of Hooch's mouth. See more »


[Hooch has dragged Scott through the pet door. Scott is now hanging upside down]
Emily Carson: What are you doing to this dog?
Scott Turner: Just taking him for a walk!
Emily Carson: He's bleeding. My God! How long has he's been bleeding?
Scott Turner: Not long enough.
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The credits roll over various clips depicting the friendship between the title characters. See more »


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Written by Richard Strauss
Performed by Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Herman Krebbers, violin
Conducted by Bernard Haitink
Courtesy of Philips Records, a division of PolyGram Classics
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Man and His Best Friend
16 January 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Hanks and Beasley make for an odd couple but they are clearly the best thing about the film. In terms of storyline of 'Turner & Hooch' is not developed from a novel concept, the humorous treatment and the hilarious and endearing interaction between the lead pair is what makes it a charming little film. Tom Hanks is totally great in one of his early roles as a policeman who suffers from perfectionism and is challenged by the entrance of a pooch into his life. The guy shows a flair for comedy that has hardly been noticed by many filmmakers. Beasley is fantastic and absolutely adorable (once you get passed the drooling). Mare Winningham is good as Hanks's love interest. They are quite convincing enough as a romantic pair. There are plenty of wonderful moments in the film and it is hard to pick a favourite but the first scenes that come to mind are the stakeout scene where Turner is chatting with a bored Hooch and the scene where he comforts a grieving Hooch. I love the film for its simplicity and heart along Hanks and Beasley. An awesome fun little flick!

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