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3 Ninjas (1992)

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Each year, three brothers visit their grandfather for the summer. He is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the boys in his techniques.


Jon Turteltaub


Kenny Kim (story), Edward Emanuel (screenplay)
2,688 ( 175)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Wong ... Grandpa
Michael Treanor ... Rocky
Max Elliott Slade ... Colt
Chad Power Chad Power ... Tum Tum
Rand Kingsley ... Snyder
Alan McRae ... Sam Douglas
Margarita Franco ... Jessica Douglas
Kate Sargeant Kate Sargeant ... Emily
Joel Swetow ... Brown
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Rushmore (as Toru Tanaka)
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Fester
Race Nelson Race Nelson ... Marcus
D.J. Harder D.J. Harder ... Hammer
Baha Jackson ... Bully
Scott Caudill Scott Caudill ... Bully


Each year, three brothers, Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visit their grandfather, Mori Tanaka, for the summer. Mori is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the boys in his techniques. After an organized crime ring proves to be too much for the F.B.I., it's time for the three ninja brothers! Using their martial artistry, they team up to battle the crime ring and outwit some very persistent kidnappers! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Comin' at you! See more »


Action | Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for martial arts action, mild language, and theme | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Michael Treanor and Max Elliott Slade were like brothers. In fact, Michael Treanor quotes, "Once Max got me into a headlock while I was memorizing my lines. I got him pinned pretty quick. It was funny watching him trying to get out of my grip. He wouldn't give up 'til 10 minutes later. The kid needs to learn to give up!" See more »


When Rocky Colt and Tum Tum go into the construction zone to do jumps, you see Fester and his guys driving along side of the boys until they hit the police car where it is assumed the boys would keep going. You don't see the boys turn around yet somehow they are behind the van teasing them in the next scene. See more »


Rocky: Grandpa is a Ninja. He will come.
Tum Tum: I don't care who he is as long as he brings us something to eat.
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Alternate Versions

The version that airs on the WAM! movie channel has an added scene in which Fester asks his uncle if he can be paid, following the fiasco at the Douglas house. See more »


Referenced in DashieXP: Mortal Kombat - Ep #02: Trick or Treat (2010) See more »


Kid Power
Written by Richard Marvin (as Rick Marvin) & Will Roc (as William Griffin)
Performed by Will Roc
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The greatest characters ever made
17 August 2003 | by vinciiniSee all my reviews

This movie inspired me to write movies. After I saw this film, all other "GREAT" films were dwarfed drastically in comparison. I mean, how often do you come up with a character as great as Tum-Tum? That kid was eating ALL the TIME! His grandpa tried to stop him, but he couldn't because he's Tum-Tum. And all the other kids had dumb names that I can't even bother to remember. Plus those surfer dudes that tried to kick the crap out of those kids, but ended up getting the crap kicked outta them, they were super-cool! I especially loved the part where the three ninjas went into their kitchen and got all MacGyver and sh*t and made some awesome pepper bombs and threw it at the surfers which blew the surfers' minds. And then that one guy got diarrhea, and the other guys were getting CDs thrown at them like ninja stars, and there was so much cool stuff in this movie, it would take me forever to recount it all. But the best part all in all was when the old Chinese grandpa got in his ninja outfit and went to the tanker to go kick some butt.

My only complaint was the fact that the kids bore no resemblance to their obviously Asian-American grandfather. I mean, I like Chinese people just as much as the next person, but really do you expect me to believe that this guy is blood-related to three Caucasian pre-teen children? I don't think so! So, do yourself a favor, and watch this movie! Bonzai!!

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Release Date:

7 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,888,920, 9 August 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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