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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 ... 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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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,398,367, 1 April 1990

Gross USA:

$135,265,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,965,915
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one of the first story meetings, director Steve Barron had met with Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird to go through the comics. Barron told them "the movie's right there" to which the co-creators approved. Todd Langen was hired to write the final script. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the movie when the young kids are bringing stolen goods to the foot soldiers in the large cargo van, the foot soldiers close the double doors at the back of the van and the sound of the doors latching is nowhere close to the time that the doors actually close. See more »

Quotes

[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

German theatrical version was based on the cut British version. In addition it was heavily dimmed and cartoon-like sound effects were added to the fight scenes. This version was also used for TV airings and VHS home video releases. Only in 2010 the film was released uncut on DVD. See more »

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Referenced in Fatal Instinct (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Tequila
Written by Chuck Río
Courtesy of Mask, Inc.
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This makes it clear...darker is better
15 June 2002 | by OptikMatrixSee all my reviews

On your first read of the title, you may think "Ah...the Ninja Turtles...kid's stuff". That conclusion is partially understandable, considering the fact that most people's minds drift towards the Saturday morning cartoon show, which was made for little kids. But if you are one of the handful of people who remembers the original TMNT comic book and how dark it was, you will probably think more of the name. This live-action version of the Teenaged Turtles reaches back into its comic book origins and sacrifices the kiddie stuff in favor of a darker, more brooding film. This is the key to this movie's greatness. It shows the Turtles how they were meant to be shown. The movie is still fun, though, supplying the viewer with all the early 90's teenager slang and ass-kicking that you can squeeze onto celuloid. The only problem is that the whole Ninja Turtles franchise has come with a love it or hate it tag attached to it, often times giving it a bad rap that it really doesn't deserve. The film is no Blade Runner or Spiderman by any means, but it's still a great little piece of cinema that you can just sit down with a bowl of popcorn (or maybe a pizza) and enjoy without much thought. Sadly, this is as good as the series gets (not that this movie could get much better). The sequels (TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze and TMNT 3) aren't really that great. TMNT 2 lacks the gritty edge that makes this movie good (having Vanilla Ice on the soundtrack doesn't help much either) and TMNT 3 is obviously aimed directly for the little ones. This is the great little movie. COWABUNGA!!!


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