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Twin Films: K9 vs Turner & Hooch (1989)

Turner and Hooch

It’s “Twin Films” time again (the phenomenon when two movies with virtually identical storylines are released the same year).

This week we’re looking at the 80s buddy-cop movies K-9 (1989) and Turner & Hooch (1989).

Both films came out the same year and both are about a detective who teams up with a dog in order to catch a criminal.

K-9 stars James Belushi in the lead role and Turner & Hooch stars Tom Hanks.

Although the premise of these movies is very similar there are significant differences that make each stand out on it’s own.

In K-9 Belushi’s character doesn’t want a partner, and after an argument with his police captain decides to take on a police dog to find out who made an attempt on his life.

In Turner & Hooch, Tom Hanks’ character inherits the dog (Hooch) after its owner is murdered. He hopes to use Hooch to identify the killer.

Both are decent easy-to-watch-on-a-Sunday-afternoon movies, but which is the better film?

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