Turner and Hooch

1989

Turner and Hooch

Critics Consensus

Tom Hanks makes Turner and Hooch more entertaining than it might look on paper, but ultimately, this is still a deeply silly comedy about a cop and a canine.

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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).

Cast

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
Beasley
as Hooch the Dog
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
Jim Beaver
as Plant Manager
Terry Israel
as Police Officer
Frederick Ponzlov
as Police Officer
Andrew Walker
as Police Officer
Linda G. Miller
as Mrs. Pine
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Critic Reviews for Turner and Hooch

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (14)

Audience Reviews for Turner and Hooch

  • Jun 02, 2014
    Tom Hanks and Beasley star in the ultimate buddy cop comedy Turner & Hooch. The story follows a small town police investigator named Scott Turner who catches his first murder case, and must use the victim's dog to identify the murderer. The film is pretty much an odd couple set up, with a fastidious cop forced to deal with a messy, slobbering dog. It's all pretty formulaic stuff, but somehow it works. Hanks delivers a good performance (as does Beasley), and is backed up will a strong supporting cast that includes Reginald VelJohnson and Craig T. Nelson. Turner & Hooch is entertaining and fun, but it's all been done before.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2011
    it's a better marly and me and is also tom hanks comidic performance! you'll sit up and be begging for more! A
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2011
    The film is fairly amusing at points and holds reasonably strong characters with good chemistry, an emotional ending and excellent performances from Tom Hanks and, of course, the late, great Beasley the Dog. However, exaggerated at a deal of points, riddled with cliches, with a forced twist and periodically slow, drawn out, cheesy and annoying are not so optimistic ways of describing the film. A bit of a more notable problem is the film's inability to fully decide whether or not it wants to be a goofy shenanigans buddy comedy or a heavy detective film with a corny idea for a sidekick, especially in the final act. Still, "Turner and Hooch" is a classic time-killer that's entertainment value is surpassed only by its surprising memorability.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2010
    Tom Hanks plays Turner, a police detective in a small California town who discovers his friend dead with no witnesses except for his dog, the slobbering and unruly Hooch who has to help him solve a case of finding the killer or killers. I love dogs and the young Tom Hanks so this movie worked for me.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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