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Turner & Hooch is a 1989 comedy film starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, and Reginald VelJohnson. It was directed by Roger Spottiswoode; the movie was originally slated to be directed by Henry Winkler, but he was terminated due to "creative differences". It was co-written by Michael Blodgett from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls fame.

A pilot for a Turner & Hooch TV series was made and ran as a part of Disneyland. Although K9 (with Jim Belushi) was released prior to this film (four months earlier), Turner & Hooch became more popular and seemingly over-shadowed its success, even though it had a very similar storyline/plot.

Tom Hanks plays Scott Turner, an obsessively neat police investigator, who acquires Hooch (Beasley the Dog), a large and slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux, after the murder of Amos Reed (John McIntire), a local junk yard owner he was friends with. Turner, bored with little police work in Cypress Beach, California, is set to transfer to a better job in Sacramento, and fellow investigator David Sutton (Reginald VelJohnson) is to be his replacement. However, Turner pleads with police chief Howard Hyde (Craig T. Nelson) to let him take on Amos' murder case. Believing that Hooch is the only witness he has to the murder, Turner brings him home. The energetic dog promptly destroys Turner's house, his car, and turns his life upside-down. On a positive note, however, Hooch also instigates a romance between Turner and the new town veterinarian Emily Carson (Mare Winningham).

Eventually Turner, with the help of Hooch, uncovers a money laundering operation led by Chief Hyde, and Hooch gives his life to save his master. Hyde and his partner are also killed. In the end, Turner becomes Police Chief, and David does indeed take Turner's former position. On the home front, Turner and Emily are married and expecting a child. In addition, Emily's collie Camille has given birth to half a dozen puppies, including one that looks and behaves uncannily similar to Hooch.

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Film, Comedy, Dogs, Tom Hanks, Detective, Mans Best Friend


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review by . February 18, 2011
There are three film stars who shine brightly in the pantheon of those whose lives were tragically cut short just at the cusp of iconic movie greatness...James Dean, Heath Ledger and Sal Mineo. Yet there is a fourth who by rights should join them. This actor made but one film, yet his ability to project bravery, loyalty, compassion and the boisterous joy of living through his acting was, many believe, without parallel. He died at the height of his fame, a mere three years after his triumphant success …
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