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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

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Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

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Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
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Leonardo / Gang Member
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Donatello / Foot Messenger
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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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$13,500,000 (estimated)

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$135,265,915 (USA)
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Brian Tochi (the voice of Leonardo) and Robbie Rist (the voice of Michaelangelo) are the only actors who appeared in all three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. See more »

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This Is What We Do
Written by M.C. Hammer
Performed by M.C. Hammer
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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A cult classic.
30 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Whether film buffs would ever admit it or not, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is a classic film, arguably way before its time. Although for the die-hard fans of the comic book this movie did lack the apparent actual violence it did instead have great dramatic scenes blended in with witty comedic lines.

With a dark tone and gritty cinematography filmed with fantastic sets and locations around New York this 90s movie is far from something to be pigeonholed 'just for kids' or a 'family movie'.

The aforementioned 'surfer dialogue' criticised in other reviews can be put down to personal taste, as the majority of fans do find this lingo both entertaining and quote-worthy. Who could forget Splinter exclaiming "I... have always liked... COWABUNGA!!" Casey Jones is one of the greatest characters in film for a long time and the performances given throughout, even though can be labelled slightly b-grade, are lovable all the same from Chief Sterns to Charles and Master Tatsu. The angst of Raphael to the cheekiness of Michelangelo there is nothing not to like about the characters in this movie.

The musical score is great and ranges from intense to comical - very fitting for a movie that is exactly that in its mood, without becoming corny unlike its follow-up films. MC Hammer creates the best songs of his career. Shameless fun.

All of the scenes are special in different ways to different fans of this cult classic; from Casey Jones vs Raphael in the park to the Antique Store battle.

Extremely under-rated. One of the best comic-book adaptations ever made and one of the defining films in a LOT of people's childhoods. A fantastic film for anyone with direction and storyline that remains highly enjoyable through the test of time.

Brilliant.


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