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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.

Director:

Steve Barron

Writers:

Kevin Eastman (characters), Peter Laird (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Hoag ... April O'Neil
Elias Koteas ... Casey Jones
Josh Pais ... Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
David Forman David Forman ... Leonardo / Gang Member
Brian Tochi ... Leonardo (voice)
Leif Tilden 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 David McCharen ... The Shredder / Oroku Saki (voice)
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Tatsu
Michael McConnohie ... Tatsu (voice)
Michael Turney ... Danny Pennington
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Storyline

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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Heroes in a half shell! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official TMNT site

Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$135,265,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,965,915
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the highest-grossing independent film of all time, having made $135 million in domestic box office and $66 million in the foreign box office. See more »

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When Raphael is looking at the traffic from the top of April's building right before the foot come at him, the building looks like it has at least 15-20 stories. When Danny is looking at the building burning it has only 2 stories. See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

A scene during the meeting with Shredder and the Foot Clan, with Shredder fighting two of his students, was cut. For years, the only evidence of this scene was a still image, but the scene has been resurfaced in the documentary, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. See more »

Connections

Featured in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Family
Written by Monty Seward
Performed by RIFF
Courtesy of SBK Records
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One of the most Underrated movies ever!
30 June 2004 | by The YetiSee all my reviews

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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