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Turner & Hooch [DVD] [1990]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There are two 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 and Sal Mineo. Yet there is a third 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 in this film. Let there now be three stars in that tragic but noble pantheon...Dean, Mineo and Beasley. And let it be recognized, without envy or jealousy, that Beasley's ability to project drool was far greater and more accurate than Dean and Mineo combined.

Turner & Hooch is a low key, modest comedy crime caper with a heavy dose of light romance thrown in. Tom Hanks plays Detective Scott Turner, a young man who is far too neat for his own good. He's about to transfer from his small town of Cypress Beach to the big city when a friend, an old man played by that great character actor John McIntire, is murdered. Turner delays his move and pleads with his police chief to be given the case. He's sure the old man's dog, a big, slobbering French Mastiff named Hooch (Beasley) saw what happened and can help identify the killer. Turner agrees to have Hooch live with him while he's on the case. Not to cut the plot to short, Turner and Hooch solve the case, but not without wild car chases, tense shoot-outs, money laundering, veterinary examinations, furniture chewing, refrigerator raiding and a lot of slobber.

The movie's plot, of course, is just an excuse to allow two actors with great likability to do their stuff. Hanks had by now already proven how skilled a light comedy actor he was. More to the point, he had the sort of personality and slightly goofy looks that created instant empathy with an audience. Beasley, however, was the surprise. A novice actor, he was an unknown without even off-Broadway experience. He carried out his role with the skill and subtlety of a pro. Just as some actors can cause real tears to run down their faces at the command of a director, Beasley was uncanny in his ability to generate, as needed, drool. His resourcefulness also has become legend. In one scene, the sight of Hanks prancing around his apartment wearing a pair of tighty-whities (black ones) threatened to derail Hollywood's gay fashion industry. Fortunately, Beasley suggested quietly to the director that some amusing antics on his part might distract the audience from the odd awfulness of Hank's appearance. He was right. Yet the scene where Hanks and Beasley are on the pier and Scott Turner must wrestle Hooch to the police car is a fine example of ensemble acting by two talented and unselfish actors, each totally into their characters and yet giving fully to the other.

At the end of the movie the murder has been solved, the mastermind unmasked and young Turner has become chief of police. He has a wife, the veterinarian Dr. Emily Carson (played winningly by Mare Winningham). They have a baby on the way. They will remember Hooch in many ways, and so will Emily's collie.

I like Turner & Hooch a lot. It's pleasant entertainment with two likeable and skilled actors and a story that hangs together. Wherever in that pantheon they reside, I'm sure Dean and Mineo are working with Beasley, now all of them close friends, to perfect slobber on command. The DVD transfer looks just fine. There are no extras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
I love Turner and Hooch - a comedic detective, with definite Asperger tendencies and OCD facets to his character - who is brought back to real life by a dog who is determined that the detective will learn to tolerate and love him, since that is what he needs, and to find justice for the murderer of his owner and friend. It is hysterical in places in the relationship between detective and dog, and is filled with poignancy in places and a developing romance throughout, with police chase excitement and an unexpected ending. A must watch for Tom Hank fans, and all dog lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2014
tom hanks at his funniest,a hilariouse film to watch foor any age,i recommend it ,its in my collection of dvds now ,I can watch it whenever I want,buy iy you will love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
One the best films ever!!!!!!! A very Young and lovely Tome Hanks!!!!! At his best! And a brill cast in all!
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on 16 July 2011
This movie will pull at your hearts for more than one reason. It's funny and heartbreaking. Tears sting at my eyes when Hooch dies saving the life of Scott Turner. Turner (Tom Hanks) had an interesting relationship with Hooch even before he took over as Hoooch's owner died. And that relationship made for some very funny moments in the movie. Make sure that your blotter isn't full before watching cause you might laugh too hard. It's an awesome movie. And one for the whole family. This movies has a little of everything. A little of humour, sadness, love, and action. It also somewhat has a surprise ending when you find out who is behind the whole thing. It's not who you may have thought it to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2012
A very good film where the baddies loose largely because of the efforts of a dog. However, if you do not like dogs that slobber give it a miss. My daughter loves animals anyway so for her it is the perfect dvd gift.
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on 16 April 2007
This film very much resembles a James Belushi film which came out at roughly the same period i.e K9. There is also a German TV series known as 'Rex' that features a cop and a dog. However, this film is memorable in that the pairing also features two different personalities. Tom Hanks is a very orderly detective whereas Hooch is the exact opposite. Hooch witnesses a murder and is the only clue to find his original owner's murderer. The ending is a bit of a tear jerker but this film does guarantee its thrills.
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on 10 December 2013
Tom Hanks and Hooch -a magical, funny film. I have watched this loads and can still find 'funnies'. The best thing is that the dog looks to Tom and not his owner/trainer in the background which makes for a more real relationship which impacts on the end of the film. Totally watchable - and again and again.....

Good story, Tom Hanks - say no more - don't work with kids and animals - he's done the lot, and this for me is up there........
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on 3 February 2013
Although I have no TV I bought it for my grandchildren to see.When I stayed at my elder daughter's house recently it was on their TV and I enjoyed it very much. It has not convinced me to purchase a Television as I have not had one for many years,and really do not miss it!
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on 16 February 2013
I have a Dogue de Bordeaux who loves watching animals on T.V. I purchased this to see her reaction. We both watched it and I can say really enjoyed it. She watched the whole programme so I think we both give it top marks.
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