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Brothers Johnny, an adolescent surf talent, and Adam, a preadolescent video-game addict, grow up care-free in California as adopted sons of Marines veteran Mac, inseparable friends of wacky... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Reyes Sr. ...
Zatch
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Johnny
Nicolas Cowan ...
Adam
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Mac
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Oliver Mills ...
Moto Surfer
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School Cop
Neal Israel ...
Mr. Dunbar
Vladimir Parra ...
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Brandon Karrer ...
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Dathan Aragon ...
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Phillip Bayless ...
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Philip Tan ...
Captain Ming
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Baba Ram
Romy Windsor ...
Miss Robertson
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Brothers Johnny, an adolescent surf talent, and Adam, a preadolescent video-game addict, grow up care-free in California as adopted sons of Marines veteran Mac, inseparable friends of wacky local lout Iggy. Colonel Chi's military reign of terror culminates in their tiny birth-land, island state Patu San, off the Viet Nam coast. Former royal guards officer Zatch comes to summon the brothers to return and restore the pacific monarchy, because they are the sons of the murdered king, whom Mac took in exile for safety. They are joined on the adventurous journey by a bored Californian police detective whose attention was drawn by the ninja team that failed, thanks to Zatch, to murder the brothers in Mac's home. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG for comic martial arts action and some mild language | See all certifications »

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20 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$4,916,135 (USA)
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There's a real Surf Ninjas game for the Sega Game Gear, but it's completely different from what Adam was playing. However, the game Adam plays in the movie is also real. It was developed by Sega exclusively for use in the movie only. See more »

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After the house blows up, while Johnny is arguing with Zatch he mentions the former residence being in Ocean Park, which is in Santa Monica, California. The location of the actual house is in Hermosa Beach, which is about 15 miles south of Ocean Park, though it's implied that Johnny and Adam lived in Santa Monica (they pass by the Santa Monica Pier as they're driving to school). See more »

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Adam: [Adam and Johnny both stand in slight shock for a moment as Zatch aproaches] Ummm Dad, remember the guy you said that would come if we didn't eat our vegetables, he's here!
Johnny: No, that's not the Boogieman, it's a homicidal killer.
Mac: [whispers] Zatch!
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A Must-Have for Any Film Collection
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whenever I see reviews of this movie, they usually include things like "Only boys under the age of nine would actually like it." When this film came out, I was a ten-year-old girl, and fifteen years later it's still my all-time favorite film.

Rob Schneider is beyond hysterical as Iggy; the only truly disappointing performance is that of Leslie Nielsen, which is thankfully overshadowed by the entertainment value of his character. The characters are so likable that it's hard to choose a favorite. The plot is silly, yes, but it's fun and entertaining and it doesn't try to be more than what it is-- a comedic kid's movie about ninjas. It doesn't bother trying to pull off angst like the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or drama like 3 Ninjas, it just sets out to make you laugh, and it succeeds.

Young boys will love it, but so will anyone interested in humor, lighthearted adventure, and fight scenes from before the days of slow motion and Matrix-disbelief.


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