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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... April O'Neil
... Casey Jones
... Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
David Forman ... Leonardo / Gang Member
... Leonardo (voice)
Leif Tilden ... Donatello / Foot Messenger
... Donatello (voice)
... Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
... Michaelangelo (voice)
... Splinter (voice)
... The Shredder
David McCharen ... The Shredder / Oroku Saki (voice)
Toshishiro Obata ... Tatsu
... Tatsu (voice)
... 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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Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie  »

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Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$135,265,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,965,915
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1.85 : 1
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There are also numerous deleted scenes (mostly on the farm) that give the four turtles much more character development, expanding on April and Casey's romance, and would put later scenes into a different context:
  • April and Casey's reaction to Mikey's "turtle wax" joke was originally one of relief after he goes through a severe depression where he destroys a punching bag and part of the barn's wall.
  • An extended training sequence where Leo proves a point by turning his mask around and fighting blind followed by the other Turtles taking turns doing the same. The scene rather famously has Donatello sporting a straw hat.
  • Various scenes of the Turtles training on their own or in pairs trying to master the technique Leo shows them earlier.
  • Some of the April and Casey scenes involve him trying to help her with a stuck truck door while she declines and exits on the driver's side. Another leads into the scene of the two of them talking on the porch swing where the night before she shows him her drawings the Turtles but tries to hide the one she did of him in a beanie, they both share a laugh over it.
  • A game of "ninja hot potato" where the Turtles toss around an apple and the holder has to defend against the other three while taking a bite out of it. It makes the later scene where Raph finishes off an apple after defeating a squad of Foot ninjas a call back.
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When Splinter catches a knife that was thrown at him, the film is edited so his hands are shown letting go of the Nunchaku he was holding only after he catches the knife. 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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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 »


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Tequila
Written by Chuck Río
Courtesy of Mask, Inc.
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This movie will always be a part of me...
16 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was just a little kid when I first started collecting turtle stuff, Comics, figures, and trade cards, as well as many other things.. I remember one day I came home to find that my mother had thrown out every action figure and card I had, as well as most of my comics.. She replaced them with a phone and a fish tank.. She said I was getting too old for kid toys, and that I would grow out of them any way.. I was about 9... So when the movie was released I was the first one there on the first day it was released to theaters.. I collected some of the figures later on, but I never had a collection that was even close to my first.. I have almost every cartoon movie made on tape, several copies of all three live action movies, and this one on DVD... I never grew out of the turtles, and I know I never will.. I know all three movies word for word... When every one grows up, a part of them, a big part dies, and we forget what we loved so much as children.. Our Imagination dies, and an adult is born.. I simply refuse to let my heros go.. While the years pass and the turtles are forgotten, they will forever be a reminder to me of the times I could spend hours on end with nothing but myself and my action figures that came to life right in front of me with nothing more than my imagination....


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