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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
David Forman ...
Leonardo / Gang Member
Leonardo (voice)
Donatello / Foot Messenger
Donatello (voice)
Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
Michaelangelo (voice)
Splinter (voice)
David McCharen ...
Toshishiro Obata ...
Tatsu (voice)


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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Lean, green and on the screen everywhere. See more »


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Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie  »

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Box Office


$13,500,000 (estimated)


$135,270,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When getting this movie started, Mark Friedman knew it would have to offer a significantly different experience from the Fred Wolf produced animated TV show. Therefore, an effort was made to make this movie stay as close as possible to the vision co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird presented in their original comic book series. See more »


During the apartment fight, the electricity gets severed. But a few minutes later, April's boss calls to say she's fired. See more »


[first lines]
April O'Neil: 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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Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Performed by Spunkadelic
Courtesy of SBK Records
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A Movie that Changed my Life
29 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a new generation turns 18-20 this movie was vital for many growing up. It WAS their Saturday morning routine. A necessary part of growing up, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instilled values for a generation. Both the movie and the TV show were key in this upcoming generation's development and coming of age. I recently watched this movie again for the first time in a decade, and yes it was cheesy and tacky. However, that doesn't make it bad in anyway. There are some complex issues going on beneath the surface here. First, this movie was released close to the peak of crime wave that occurred across the country in the early 1990's. A city lost in crime is saved by a few of the next generation's heroes, who are nothing more than teenagers on a quest for pizza. Second, there is a definite connection between Splinter and Jesus when he is nailed up to a wall and talking to his "sons". Many reading my comments may laugh because, lets face it, the idea of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is hilarious, but the movie spoke to a specific generation at a specific time and as a period piece it can still be appreciated. This was more than just a movie; it defined a generation. Even if the movie makes no sense go with it and watch it for the ridiculous 1990's dialogue...Its funny, enjoy!

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