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Turner and Hooch
1989 - PG - 97 Mins.
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Producer: Raymond Wagner
Written By: Dennis Shryack & Michael Blodgett
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson, Scott Paulin
Review by: John Ulmer
   
There have been many pathetic cop-buddy comedies over the years, but for some reason, the eighties turned toward "cop-doggy" pictures for a while, churning out films like "K-9", and in 1995 we were introduced to the ever-forgettable "Top Dog" with Chuck Norris. Well, "Turner and Hootch" is wholly different. Here's the plot:

Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is a clean-cut cop. He keeps his house constantly clean and very organized. But after chaos ensues he ends up with the only witness of a crime scene: a very messy, dirty, hairy, slob of a beast - a dog. Actually, a "dawg" to be correct. That's the breed, supposedly...

Tom Hanks is very convincing and enjoyable in his role as a neat-freak cop, and the dog, surprisingly (I never thought I'd write this) is a great actor.

There are predictable and very typical eighties moments in "Turner and Hootch," but overall I thought the movie was a very enjoyable cop-doggy comedy, and it has a very nice ending to it ("This is not yours!")

I really enjoyed this movie. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure. It's completely enjoyable, entertaining, and after viewing it again a few weeks ago, I have realized that the movie has also stood the test of time quite well.

When compared to other cop-dog movies like "K-9," it's a wonder that Turner and Hootch isn't on the top 250!
 
Movie Guru Rating
An excellent film.  Among the best in its Genre.  Worth seeing in the Theater. An excellent film.  Among the best in its Genre.  Worth seeing in the Theater. An excellent film.  Among the best in its Genre.  Worth seeing in the Theater. An excellent film.  Among the best in its Genre.  Worth seeing in the Theater.
  4 out of 5 stars

 
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