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3 Ninjas (1992)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

Kenny Kim (story), Edward Emanuel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Wong ... Grandpa
Michael Treanor 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
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Storyline

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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Disney's new or a big shot! A Bruce Lee for young people See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninja Kids See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,888,920, 9 August 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,000,301
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (web)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The much talked about international version of the movie without the cartoon sound effects, unedited scenes and alternate ending is available on Hulu in the United States (2017). See more »

Goofs

When the kids use the plunger on Hammer's face, Hammer's hair is pulled over his face. In the next shot, his hair is back in a ponytail. See more »

Quotes

Fester: Alright. Operation: Kick Butt is about to commence. Synchronize watches.
Hammer: What time is it?
Fester: I dunno, anybody got a watch?
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Alternate Versions

For the UK theatrical release, 34 seconds were cut from the film to secure a 'PG' rating. The 1993 video version required an extra 1 minute and 44 seconds cut from it to retain the 'PG' rating. The theatrical cuts were:
  • [Reel 2 / 3 mins] After boy swings from tree at man by car, cut shot of small ninja in tree holding metal stars, and subsequent sight of stars in ground. Resume on sight of old man getting up from ground.
  • [Reel 5 / 7½ mins] Remove prominent sight of boys wielding chain sticks in fight with 3 ninjas: 1) After boy pulls tube off wall remove all sight of boys improvising chain sticks and brandishing them, resuming on comic episode where ninja inadvertently hits his partner with chain sticks. 2) After ninja then rushes towards camera remove high angle long shot of the boys brandishing chain sticks. 3) After ninja crashes into fence remove complete sequence of boy in blue shirt and white cap fighting with chain sticks against ninja.
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Connections

References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

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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