Much better than your average cop-and-dog movie (such as K-9
), Turner and Hooch
is really a love story about a control freak (Tom Hanks) who gradually resigns to the messy chaos of a sweet hulk of a pooch named Hooch. The excuse for this relationship is that the dog can identify a murderer and Hanks needs him, but the film is really about such hilarious moments as Hanks bathing Hooch with a long brush, and a wild chase through the streets when the sharp-eyed mutt spots his suspect. Layered over this is a healthy love story between Hanks and animal vet Mare Winningham, who share a terribly sexy scene together--while fully clothed--doing no more than making breakfast. (Hanks directed this scene, though Roger Spottiswoode directed the rest of the movie.) --Tom Keogh
A small-town police detective named Turner (Tom Hanks) finally runs across a real crime when an old sailor is murdered on a barge in the harbour. The only witness is the sailor's slobbering dog, Hooch. Turner takes the dog into his home, which the canine proceeds to wreck, but the unlikely team of man and dog gradually forge a strong crime-fighting bond.