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Writers (WGA):
Kevin Eastman (characters) and
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Release Date:
30 March 1990 (USA) See more »
Heroes in a half shell! See more »
A group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judith Hoag ... April O'Neil

Elias Koteas ... Casey Jones

Josh Pais ... Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
David Forman ... Leonardo / Gang Member

Brian Tochi ... Leonardo (voice)

Leif Tilden ... Donatello / Foot Messenger

Corey Feldman ... Donatello (voice)

Michelan Sisti ... Michaelangelo / Pizza Man

Robbie Rist ... Michaelangelo (voice)

Kevin Clash ... Splinter (voice)

James Saito ... The Shredder
David McCharen ... The Shredder / Oroku Saki (voice)

Sam Rockwell ... Head Thug
Toshishiro Obata ... Tatsu

Michael McConnohie ... Tatsu (voice)
Michael Turney ... Danny Pennington

Jay Patterson ... Charles Pennington
Raymond Serra ... Chief Sterns
Kitty Fitzgibbon ... June
Louis Cantarini ... Cab Driver

Joseph D'Onofrio ... Movie Hoodlum #1

John Ward ... Movie Hoodlum #2 (as John D. Ward)
Ju Yu ... Shinsho
Cassandra Ward-Freeman ... Charles' Secretary

Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Technician
John Rogers ... New Recruit
Tae Pak ... Talkative Foot #1
Kenn Scott ... Talkative Foot #2 (as Kenn Troum)
Robert Haskell ... Tall Teen

Josh Lozoff ... Beaten Teen (as Joshua Bo Lozoff)
Winston Hemingway ... Police Officer #1

Joe Inscoe ... Police Officer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Curtis Bush ... Foot Soldier

Kevin Eastman ... Citizen (uncredited)

Rick Gomez ... Thug (uncredited)
Curtis Lambert ... Subway Bystander (uncredited)
Robert J. Maxwell ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Nick Pernice ... Central Park Robbery Bystander (uncredited)

Kimani Ray Smith ... Gangster (uncredited)

E. Thompson ... Foot Soldier (uncredited)

Skeet Ulrich ... Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Barron 
Writing credits
Kevin Eastman (characters) and
Peter Laird (characters)

Bobby Herbeck (story)

Todd W. Langen (screenplay) and
Bobby Herbeck (screenplay)

Produced by
David Chan .... producer
Raymond Chow .... executive producer
Graham Cottle .... co-producer
Kim Dawson .... producer
Simon Fields .... producer
Gary Propper .... in association with: A Limelight Production
Original Music by
John Du Prez 
Cinematography by
John Fenner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William D. Gordean 
Sally Menke 
James R. Symons 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Roy Forge Smith 
Art Direction by
Gary Wissner 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Kahn 
Brendan Smith 
Costume Design by
John Hay 
Makeup Department
Beate Eisele .... special makeup effects artist
Dalaree Goodwin .... additional makeup artist
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist
Michelle Johnson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edwin 'Itsi' Atkins .... production supervisor
Doug Cole .... production supervisor
Thomas K. Gray .... executive in charge of production
David Blake Hartley .... production manager
Lyda Blank .... production manager: New York (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Grossman .... first assistant director
Brian Henson .... second unit director
Pamela Kuri .... second assistant director
John Wildermuth .... second second assistant director (as John Wildermuth Jr.)
Art Department
Robert Beck .... property master
Michael T. Daigle .... lead scenic artist
Jerry Hall .... set designer
Jim Henson .... character design
Tom Jones Jr. .... construction coordinator
Brian Kontz .... plasterer
Carol Lavoie .... set designer
Brendan McCarthy .... storyboard artist
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreman
Gus Ramsden .... storyboard artist
Kip Bartlett .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Bromell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Hank P. Constantineau .... set sign painter (uncredited)
Jack Cornish .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Michael J. Hall .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Todd Hatfield .... stand-by scenic artist (uncredited)
General Fermon Judd Jr. .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mike Keith .... painter (uncredited)
Joe Lemmon .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Martin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey L. McKay .... carpenter (uncredited)
Stephen C. Peterman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bill Piper .... plasterer (uncredited)
Chris L. Spellman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Barry Spencer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Karen Steward .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Brian Stultz .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Richard Waldrop .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Wallace W. Wright .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Jim Bridges .... sound
Jeff Courtie .... foley mixer
Victor DiMattia .... looping
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Darrell Hall .... foley editor
Robert Heffernan .... adr supervisor
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Heslin .... foley artist
Victor Iorillo .... sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
George Leong .... boom operator
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Kathy McCart .... sound recordist
Lee Orloff .... location sound mixer
John Post .... foley artist
Michael P. Redbourn .... supervising sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Gary Ritchie .... sound recordist
Catherine Shorr .... sound editor
Richard Shorr .... sound effects
Richard Shorr .... supervising sound editor
Christopher T. Welch .... dialogue editor
Knox White .... cableman
Al Heath .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
John Kwiatkowski .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Troisi .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Barley .... mold maker
Chris Barton .... creature shop
Barry Fowler .... mold maker
Dave Kelly .... mold maker
Al Marangoni .... special effects technician
Alan Murphy .... fabricator
Joe Digaetano .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
David Fletcher .... assistant special effects (uncredited)
John Stephenson .... creative supervisor (uncredited)
Bob Thorne .... animatronics technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Scott .... visual supervisor (uncredited)
Reginalf Barnes Jr. .... skateboard stunt double: Donatello (as Reggie Barnes)
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Thomas Dewier .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Dale Frye .... stunts
Shannon Gordon .... stunts
Gene Harrison .... stunts
Pat E. Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Tak Wai 'Billy' Lui .... assistant martial arts consultant
Shawn O'Neil .... stunt double
Shawn O'Neil .... stunts
Ernie Reyes Jr. .... fight/stunt double: Donatello
Terry D. Rich .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts
Kenn Scott .... turtles stunt double (as Kenn Troum)
Jimmie Lee Sessoms .... stunts
Chi Wai Chiang .... turtles stunt double
Deborah Watkins .... stunts
Choi-Nam Yip .... turtles stunt double (as Choi Nam Ip)
Brandy Yuen .... martial arts consultant (as Chun Wai 'Brandy' Yuen)
Mo Yuen .... turtles stunt double (as Mo-Chow Yuen)
Paul Beahm .... stunts: Casey Jones (uncredited)
Kurt Bryant .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip: New York
Mike Brewster .... camera operator
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Tony Cutrono .... director of photography: second unit
Scott R. Davis .... key grip
John Ferguson .... gaffer
Bill Finger .... second assistant camera
Chip Hackler .... second assistant camera: 2nd unit
Tommy Hinson .... rigging grip supervisor
Robert Hoelen .... best boy
Jeff 'Moose' Howery .... dolly grip
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
Alan Markfield .... still photographer
Cristiano Palermi .... lighting technician
David W. Strong .... rigging gaffer
Stephen Thompson .... best boy
Stephen Thompson .... generator operator
James Tomaro .... rigging gaffer
Jeffery J. Tufano .... first assistant camera
Bryan Ashford .... grip (uncredited)
Joe D'Alessandro .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lynn Dodson .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Rusty Edmonson .... electrician (uncredited)
Russell Hardee .... rigging grip supervisor (uncredited)
Billy Hendricks .... electrician (uncredited)
Scott Hillman .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Karlok .... best boy (uncredited)
Dan Karlok .... generator operator: New York (uncredited)
Terry D. Long .... electrician (uncredited)
Cristiano Palermi .... electrician (uncredited)
Alan Pickelsimer .... electrician (uncredited)
Roger Schweitzer .... video technician (uncredited)
Tommy Ray Sullivan .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Troy N. Wade .... rigging grip (uncredited)
T.J. Williams .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Andrea Curtis .... casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
George Whitley .... extras casting assistant
Libby Featherston .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Seidman .... creature dresser
Alonzo Wilson .... costume supervisor
Gray Hunter .... costume dresser (uncredited)
Peter Jacovich .... costume dresser (uncredited)
Marian Keating .... costume dresser (uncredited)
Barbara Miller .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Michael Nations .... costume dresser (uncredited)
Patsy Rainey .... costume crafts (uncredited)
Laura Senters .... costume dresser (uncredited)
Anna M. Welcome .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Jean Wesner .... costume dresser (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Marta Evry .... apprentice editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Suzy Elmiger .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ellen Elphand .... editorial apprentice (uncredited)
Gina Mittelman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Janice Parker .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Stu Cantor .... music supervisor
Murray Deutch .... music supervisor
Bruce Dukov .... concertmaster
Pat Lucas .... music coordinator
Larry Mah .... score engineer
Larry Mah .... score mixer
Katherine Quittner .... music recording supervisor and music editor
John Richards .... orchestral recording (uncredited)
Shirley Walker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Neil Hyman .... transportation coordinator
Doug DuRose .... driver (uncredited)
Anthony Forester .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Bobby McMahon .... driver (uncredited)
David Outlaw .... driver (uncredited)
John Silvia .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Sheila Allen .... production accountant
Will Alovis .... production assistant
Rickey Boyd .... animatronic puppeteers: "Splinter"
Mary Bridges .... production coordinator
Mike Casey .... unit publicist
David Greenaway .... animatronic puppeteers: "Raphael"
Sandra M. Haskell .... script supervisor
Brian Henson .... chief puppeteer
Pat E. Johnson .... martial arts choreographer
Amy Krell .... assistant to producers and director
Mike Repeta .... production assistant
Martin P. Robinson .... animatronic puppeteers: "Leonardo"
David Rudman .... animatronic puppeteers: "Leonardo"
Elizabeth Shea .... location assistant
Peter D. Steinbroner .... production associate
Robert Tygner .... animatronic puppeteers: "Splinter"
Anne Wilson .... assistant production accountant (as Anne Moosman)
Mak Wilson .... animatronic puppeteers: "Michaelangelo"
Adam Alphin .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Richard Arsenault .... video technician assistant (uncredited)
Xenia Beith .... suit designer (uncredited)
Xenia Beith .... suit fabricator (uncredited)
Xenia Beith .... suit maintainer (uncredited)
Linton Bocock .... foam lab technician (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory control manager (uncredited)
Scott Buckwald .... production assistant (uncredited)
C.F. Burton .... medic (uncredited)
Fiona Cazaly .... suit designer (uncredited)
Fiona Cazaly .... suit fabricator (uncredited)
Fiona Cazaly .... suit maintainer (uncredited)
Grady Cooper .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jamie Courtier .... mechanical supervisor (uncredited)
R. Andrew Doan .... stage set constructor (uncredited)
Eileen Eichenstein .... production office supervisor (uncredited)
Cathie Hegler Godwin .... production secretary (uncredited)
Robert G. Goodwin .... martial arts trainer: New York (uncredited)
Verner Gresty .... mechanical supervisor (uncredited)
Vick Griffin .... location scout (uncredited)
Dave Housman .... computer and electronics supervisor (uncredited)
Jamie Jackson-Moore .... mechanical fabricator (uncredited)
Alan Lasky .... video Assist: puppeteer (uncredited)
Lesja Liber .... suit designer (uncredited)
Lesja Liber .... suit fabricator (uncredited)
Lesja Liber .... suit maintainer (uncredited)
Geoff Paige .... mechanical supervisor (uncredited)
Olivia Patton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Randall Pickett .... craft service (uncredited)
Marlene Pivnick .... production executive (uncredited)
Quentin Plant .... computer and electronics fabricator (uncredited)
Quentin Plant .... computer and electronics maintainer (uncredited)
William Plant .... project supervisor (uncredited)
Daniel Remer .... project coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Sandys .... mechanical fabricator (uncredited)
Neal Scanlan .... mechanical supervisor (uncredited)
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
John W. Stuart .... production controller (uncredited)
Neal Thompson .... title designer (uncredited)
Kenny Wilson .... mold supervisor (uncredited)
Venus Wong .... production associate (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie" - USA (long title)
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Movie" - USA (DVD box title)
"Mutant Turtles" - Japan (English title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-14 (original rating) | France:U | Germany:6 (cut) (original rating) | Germany:6 (re-rating) (2010) (uncut) | Iceland:10 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL (video rating) (1992) | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | USA:PG (No. 30181)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The film was set in New York City, but actually much of the filming took place in North Carolina, with only a couple of location shoots done in New York City to capture famous landmark areas.See more »
Continuity: While in the ground floor of the junk shop during the battle with the Foot Clan, Leonardo is seen helping April uncover an escape route. Then Leonardo is seen fending off the Foot in the background. The following shot shows Leonardo back in the same place at April's side.See more »
[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...
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107 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
One of the most Underrated movies ever!, 30 June 2004
Author: The Yeti from Mt Everest

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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