Turner & Hooch

Five people were credited with cowriting TURNER & HOOCH, and rarely have so many labored to so little effect. There's barely enough to make up an agreeable made-for-TV movie in this film, which stars Tom Hanks as Turner, a police detective in a sleepy California town. It's not long before the local peace and Turner's boredom are disturbed by a major crime--the...read more

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Five people were credited with cowriting TURNER & HOOCH, and rarely have so many labored to so little effect. There's barely enough to make up an agreeable made-for-TV movie in this film, which stars Tom Hanks as Turner, a police detective in a sleepy California town. It's not long before

the local peace and Turner's boredom are disturbed by a major crime--the murder of a cranky but lovable old salt, witnessed only by Hooch, the victim's equally cranky mutt. After animal control officers threaten to send Hooch to that big kennel in the sky, Turner adopts him with the notion of

using him to nab the killer, and after a rocky start man and dog become best friends. The film's crime plot is barely worth mentioning, being mainly an excuse to stage some random violence (though all within the borders of a PG rating). Hanks is too urbane to be believable as the admirer of the

oversized, disagreeable Hooch (though he's much more credible in his scenes with love interest Mare Winningham) and the derivative mishmash of a script is not enhanced by Roger Spottiswoode's plodding, routine direction.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Five people were credited with cowriting TURNER & HOOCH, and rarely have so many labored to so little effect. There's barely enough to make up an agreeable made-for-TV movie in this film, which stars Tom Hanks as Turner, a police detective in a sleepy Cali… (more)

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