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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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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Henson, whose workshop provided the movie's turtle costumes, was reportedly upset about the level of violence in the finished movie. While he was proud to have helped advance the art of animatronics, he viewed the violence as "excessive, pointless, and not his style." However, as Steve Barron had directed the pilot episode of The Storyteller (1987) which set the tone for the entire series, Henson agreed to do it as sort of a favor to Barron. See more »

Goofs

The exact same sound effect (a metallic "rub") is used both when Shredder turns towards Danny after his speech, and when he lifts his spike to Splinter's neck to threaten him- yet they are two completely different actions, and the first instance doesn't even warrant the sound effect in the first place. 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

The depiction of chainsticks on screen was rarely allowed in the UK, so the movie was heavily cut or reframed to remove every last trace of them for its original theatrical exhibition. In 2003 all these cuts were waived by the BBFC due to changed guidelines. See more »


Soundtracks

This Is What We Do
Written by M.C. Hammer
Performed by M.C. Hammer
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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The heroes in a half-shell go live-action
27 June 2001 | by Antzy88See all my reviews

The once-very-popular Turtles, who are trained in the martial arts courtesy of their master, a rat named Splinter, are duty-bound to save the city from a group of youths that are known as The Foot, who have been stealing and committing crimes within the area. They end up befriending a young reporter named April O'Neill, who reads the news on the local TV station, after she is rescued from an attack from The Foot. Once she is home our shelled friends find that The Foot has captured Splinter, and so must rescue him and face the might of The Foot's leader -- Shredder! I was already familiar with the cartoon series (that had apparently been censored somewhat on its arrival in the UK for fear that children would copy the martial artistry), so I was a little dubious as to whether this would work in live-action. Strangely enough, even when I saw it for the first time in 1991, aged 18, I enjoyed it! It was brilliantly done, Shredder looked particularly menacing (as did his right-hand man Tatsu), and Splinter's voice sometimes moved you almost to tears, especially with the charming musical score. The martial arts action is quite well done (although Michelangelo did not have his Nunchaku weapon that his comic-book and video game version does), and the dark look of the whole thing suits it perfectly. This is certainly worth a look.


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