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A group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

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Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
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Donatello / Foot Messenger
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Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
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Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie  »

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$13,500,000 (estimated)

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$135,270,000 (USA)
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The actors who physically portrayed the Turtles also had cameo roles in the film:
  • Josh Pais, who plays Raphael, plays a passenger in the back of a taxicab right after Raphael hops on the cab's hood


  • Michelan Sisti, who plays Michaelangelo, plays the pizza delivery man who delivers the pizza to the Turtles' sewer


  • Leif Tilden, who plays Donatello, plays the Foot messenger that meets April in the subway station


  • and David Forman, who plays Leonardo, plays a gang member in the warehouse during Casey's fight with Tatsu.


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Right after Raphael is dropped through the skylights, he comes crashing to the ground. His brothers run to his side. As they do this you can see Donatello touch Raphael's shell. When he does this you can see the shell move inward as if it is something soft like foam. See more »

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April: Much more than just a series of small, isolated incidents, it's now apparent that an organized criminal element is at work and at the moment, business is good. So good in fact that there appear to be no eyewitnesses to any of these crimes. With complaints ranging from purse snatching to breaking and entering, police switchboards have been swamped with the angry voices of more and more citizens who have fallen prey to the recent surge of crime that continues to plague the city. ...
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The film title appears from behind the corner of the sewer, just before the Turtles come around it and are fully seen for the first time. See more »

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SPIN THAT WHEEL
Written by Ya Kid K - Kovali/El Sati
Performed by Hi Tek 3
Courtesy of ARS Records
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One of the most Underrated movies ever!
30 June 2004 | by (Mt Everest) – See all my reviews

I speak out on behalf of all fans of the TMNT!

This is not a bad movie!

You might say it has no storyline but I say it's kept simplistic for all the comic book fans. You don't want to confuse people with a massive complex tale. No one argues with 'Enter the Dragon' having a bad storyline!

The characters in this movie are wonderfully set up. Right from the start we see that Raphael has issues. This anger forces him to distance himself and in the process we feel his fury. We immerse ourselves in the character and see how deep he can go. From woefully staring into New York from a rooftop or letting out a frenzy upon the gang that has literally knocked April to the ground we are getting to know the character inside and out. This is the hero of the movie. As for the comedic cheek of Casey Jones or the light-hearted double wisecracks of Michaelangelo and Donatello, I'd love to see the reason behind this movie having "no character study" as some people might say.

The action scenes are set up within the constraints of a normal fun movie with great camera angles just dying to be put on an advert or poster.

The turtle effects by the Jim Henson creature shop don't disappoint even though Splinter looks like he walked straight off the set of 'Labyrinth'. The turtles are so good you shouldn't care anyway. The animatronics are fab and the voice characterisation is well chosen.

As for the main blessing, Steve Barron has chosen a dark tone for his movie. The original comic book would have been made proud by this attempt at making the movie more adult than people could believe. The crime-filled backdrops of New York make a great battleground, and the whole mythological element that all crime is ruled by a master ninja adds to the drama. The soundtrack couldn't be better for the beginning.

This is a fantastic movie and horribly underrated. With so many great elements this goes down as one of the all time great fantasy adventures. 10 out of 10 and a cowabunga to boot!


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