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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

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

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When a magic scepter accidentally transports April back through time to 17th Century Japan, the boys take-off in hot pursuit, cowabungling their way out of the sewers right into Samurai-O-Rama! Now they must battle the evil Lord Norinaga to reclaim the magic scepter that will bring them back below the subways of New York City. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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

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

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,660,000 (USA)
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The concept for this movie is loosely based on a story called "Masks" from issues #46 and #47 of the original Mirage comics. The story features the Turtles and Renet traveling back to Feudal Japan to fight an evil shogun and engage in samurai battles. See more »

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When Raph says "I'll be back" when rescuing April, his mouth never moves. See more »

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Kenshin: It will only work if the magic travellers each have the same weight.
Donatello: Bingo! Gee, you guys *do* have a good educational system, don't you?
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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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Rockin' Over The Beat
Performed by Technotronic featuring Manuela Kamosi (as Ya Kid K)
Written by Manuela Kamosi (as Manuella Kamosi) and Jo Bogaert
Published by BMC Publishing and Bogam Publishing
Administered by Colgems - EMI Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of SBK Records / EMI Records Group North America
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I don't mean to have a cow, dude, but this is totally the worst of the series.
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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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