Turner & Hooch

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Turner & Hooch (Touchstone Movie)

“Turner & Hooch” is a buddy cop comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures in 1989. The film was directed by Roger Spottiswoode and stars Tom Hanks in the lead role as Detective Scott Turner. The story revolves around the unlikely partnership between Turner and a large, messy, and slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux named Hooch.

Detective Scott Turner is a meticulous and organized police investigator who lives a disciplined and orderly life. His world is turned upside down when he becomes the reluctant owner of Hooch, a dog that was left as the only witness to a murder case. Initially, Turner is frustrated with Hooch’s chaotic and destructive behavior, which creates hilarious situations and comic relief throughout the film.

As the investigation into the murder case progresses, Turner starts to develop a bond with Hooch, despite their stark differences in personality. Hooch proves to be an invaluable asset to the investigation, using his keen sense of smell and intuition to help Turner solve the case and bring the criminals to justice.

The film combines elements of action, comedy, and heartfelt moments as Turner learns to embrace the chaos and spontaneity that Hooch brings into his life. The unlikely duo forms a heartwarming and entertaining partnership, highlighting the power of love and companionship between humans and animals.

Tom Hanks delivers a charming and comedic performance, and his chemistry with the lovable canine steals the show. The film also features a strong supporting cast, including Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, and Reginald VelJohnson.

“Turner & Hooch” was well-received by audiences and became a box office success. It remains a beloved family-friendly film that celebrates the unbreakable bond between a man and his dog. The film’s heartwarming story and humorous moments have made it a classic in the buddy cop genre and have solidified Hooch as one of the most iconic dogs in cinematic history.

Fun Facts

  • The film was inspired by a combination of a true story and an idea by producer Raymond Wagner, who owned a Dogue de Bordeaux and thought it would make an interesting premise for a film.
  • Beasley, the dog who portrayed Hooch, was a male Dogue de Bordeaux who had no prior acting experience. He was selected for the role after an extensive search.
  • To prepare for his role, Tom Hanks spent several weeks working with a real police dog handler, learning techniques and understanding the bond between a dog and its handler.
  • The film features a memorable scene where Hooch destroys Turner’s home, leaving it in a state of chaos. The destruction required multiple takes and a team of crew members to create the mess.
  • Hooch’s drooling became one of the character’s defining traits in the film. To enhance the effect, the filmmakers used a combination of real dog drool and a substance called K-Y Jelly.
  • “Turner & Hooch” was a box office success, grossing over $71 million worldwide against a budget of $13 million.
  • The movie’s screenplay underwent several rewrites, with input from various writers, including Daniel Petrie Jr., Jim Cash, and Jack Epps Jr.
  • The on-screen chemistry between Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog was widely praised, contributing to the film’s charm and humor.
  • “Turner & Hooch” has become a beloved classic among dog lovers and fans of lighthearted buddy comedies, showcasing the enduring appeal of the bond between humans and their canine companions.

Additional Details


  • Tom Hanks: Detective Scott Turner
  • Beasley the Dog: Hooch
  • Mare Winningham: Dr. Emily Carson
  • Craig T. Nelson: Chief Howard Hyde
  • Reginald VelJohnson: Det. David Sutton
  • Scott Paulin: Zack Gregory
  • J. C. Quinn: Walter Boyett
  • John McIntire: Amos Reed
  • David Knell: Ernie
  • Ebbe Roe Smith: Harley McCabe
  • Kevin Scannell: Jeff Foster
  • Joel Bailey: Ferraday
  • Mary McCusker: Katie
  • Ernie Lively: Motel Clerk
  • Clyde Kusatsu: Kevin Williams
  • Elaine Renee Bush: Store Clerk
  • Eda Reiss Merin: Mrs. Remington


  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Producer: Raymond Wagner

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