Turner and Hooch, released in 1989,
starred Tom Hanks as Officer Scott Turner, Craig T.
Nelson as Chief Howard Hyde, and a slobbering dog named
Hooch. This movie was released just three months behind
another cop/dog buddy flick called K-9 (starring
James Belushi). Although Turner and Hooch faired a tad
better with critics and fans, both movies earned about
the same amount of money at the box office. Some of you
may remember the TV pilot based on this movie that aired
in 1990 and was subsequently not put into production.
In this movie, Officer Turner (Hanks)
ends up with Hooch after Hoochís owner, a friend of
Turnerís, is murdered. Turner is not happy with his lot
in life, and wishes to leave the little town of Cypress
Beach, California for the mean streets of Sacramento.
Turner asks Chief Hyde (Nelson) if he can investigate
his friendís murder, considering that Turner has taken
in the only witness (Hooch), and Hyde reluctantly
agrees. In the meantime, Hooch turns Turnerís life
upside down, destroying his car, his house, and
ultimately setting the wheels in motion for Turnerís
romantic relationship with the town veterinarian.