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The turtles find themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan.

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The four turtles travel back in time to the days of the legendary and deadly samurai in ancient Japan, where they train to perfect the art of becoming one. The turtles also assist a small village in an uprising. Written by Anonymous

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Ancient Japan, 1593. Without a map. Without a clue. Without a pizza. See more »


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Rated PG for swashbuckling violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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19 March 1993 (USA)  »

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Sacred Scroll of Death  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£523,324 (UK) (13 August 1993)
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Trivia

In the original comics, the Time Scepter is normally associated with and used by Lord Simultaneous and his timestress apprentice Renet. They often encounter Savanti Romero. None of these characters appear in this film. See more »

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When April's walkman first starts playing after she arrives in Japan, the headphones are not plugged in, yet the music is still audible. See more »

Quotes

Donatello: Do you think I could *possibly* live without a single microchip?
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William Tell Overture
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I don't mean to have a cow, dude, but this is totally the worst of the series.
25 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of the turtles gets even more far-fetched in this inferior installment, with the turtles going back in time to 1603 Japan. The Jim Henson's Creature Shop obviously didn't provide for the turtles, which is a major blow to the overall production. There are a couple of pros that save the film from being a total disaster, including: the return of Casey Jones (Koteas), who's reprisal may make some fans feel that the second installment had a void with his omission; some fun parallels between 1603 Japan and the turtles' life in 1993 New York; wonderful set production for the Japan scenes; and well-developed new characters. While the omission of any references to the Foot Clan may heavily separate this film from the others in the series, it executes an entertaining and solid story. It's also nice to see the turtles and Splinter are still living in the abandoned underground train station from the second film, as well as Turco NOT suffering a recast of April O'Neal like Hoag did; which shows some attempt at continuity despite its major differences from the first two. However, the flaws are too great for its pros to overcome mediocre status. Right from the get-go the movie seems like a lost cause, with the opening credits being accompanied by a ridiculously, terribly unnecessary, spontaneous turtle-dance. Also, couldn't they have found a way to throw Chief Stern (Serra) in for some extra comedic-relief and continuity?

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