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A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

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Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
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Leonardo / Gang Member
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Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
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Storyline

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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turtle | mentor | ninja | rat | combat | See more »

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Lean, Green And On The Screen. See more »


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Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie  »

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$13,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$135,270,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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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Goofs

In the beginning, when the Turtles are shouting various phrases after their first battle, Donatello yells, off-screen, "Bossa nova!" but on-screen Leonardo's lips move. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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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The best movie ever made on the subject of radio active turtles
4 May 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I dare anyone to hate this movie. Come on. I triple dog dare you. Sit in front of the TV with a bunch of your friends and just try not to like it. You can't. It's impossible. I was a full fledged turtle fan back in the day (I don't think the fad lasted long enough for us to earn Trekker-type names) and of course at that point, I thought it was the Gone With the Wind of our time. That, obviously, it's not. But there is something just incredibly charming about a bunch of giant turtles acting like typical sit-com kids. One even gets yelled out for sneaking out past curfew to see Critters 2. If it comes on TV, even my dad has to pause to watch at least one fight scene. If someone in a college dorm pops it in, legions of kids will exclaim "Holy sh*t! Is that Ninja Turtles?" and then plop right down in front of the TV to watch. You have to give a lot of credit to the guys who made this film. It was released in the height of the craze so they could have thrown anything on the screen and it would have been a hit. (See Ninja Turtles 2). But instead, they tried to make it the best film they could, despite the subject matter. They came up with an almost relevant, after school special type plot. The jokes and references range from Moonlighting to John Steinbeck, and the fight scenes are done in the spirit of a Jackie Chan flick. Add the fact that there are giant turtles doing the fighting, and you get a funny, imaginative, and just plain likeable movie no matter what your age. Sure, it's about pizza loving ninja turtles. But it is the best movie that could ever be made about pizza loving ninja turtles. That has to count for something.


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