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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

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The turtles find themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan.

Director:

Stuart Gillard

Writers:

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elias Koteas ... Casey Jones / Whit
Paige Turco ... April O'Neil
Stuart Wilson ... Walker
Sab Shimono ... Lord Norinaga
Vivian Wu ... Mitsu
Mark Caso ... Leonardo
Matt Hill ... Raphael
Jim Raposa Jim Raposa ... Donatello
David Fraser David Fraser ... Michaelangelo
James Murray ... Splinter
Eidan Hanzei Eidan Hanzei ... Kenshin (as Henry Hayashi)
John Aylward ... Niles
Mak Takano Mak Takano ... Benkei - Honor Guard #1
Steve Akahoshi Steve Akahoshi ... Honor Guard #2 (as Steven Getson Akahoshi)
Kent Kim Kent Kim ... Honor Guard #3
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Storyline

When a magic scepter accidentally transports April back through time to 17th Century Japan, the boys take-off in hot pursuit, cowabungling their way out of the sewers right into Samurai-O-Rama! Now they must battle the evil Lord Norinaga to reclaim the magic scepter that will bring them back below the subways of New York City. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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The Turtles Are Back....In Time See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for swashbuckling violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Sacred Scroll of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Astoria, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,660,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producers invited Corey Feldman to reprise his role from the first film as Donatello. The filmmakers told Corey they felt bad about not casting him for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991). However, when Corey asked for more money than the $1500 he was paid on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Corey was told, "yeah, but you were in rehab." Corey was denied the raise, and was again paid only $1500. See more »

Goofs

Yoshi's mouth moves alot during the CPR scene. See more »

Quotes

Walker: You're turtles?
Donatello: Yeah, of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety.
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Alternate Versions

Channel 5 have been known to screen films with scenes that have been cut by BBFC; this is one of them, notably the opening credits, Michaelangelo uses his nunchakus several times. See more »


Soundtracks

Tarzan Boy
Performed by Baltimora
Written by N. Hackett, M. Bassi
Published by Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Records / EMI Records Group North America
Trademark TARZAN® owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.
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This is acctually really good!
6 June 2003 | by PseudoDonn7See all my reviews

The only thing I feel this movie lacked was Jim Hensons Studio's help. It shows by the cheapness of the Turtles (and especially Splinters) New look. Which actually looks great, but it's not the same material used in the first two. Splinter actually looks fine, but his outer appearance lacks the spirit of the original Splinter. People at Jim Henson Studios must put effort and life into anything they create because most puppeteers create their actual puppets -such was the case with Splinter in the first two. But this was taken out of the third movie...and thus the only thing to back it up would've been another return of Shredder and a good plot.

Sadly any return of Shredder would probably be a bad plot. :( As he did die in the comic book... And since the second story pushed away from the Comic's original storyline....(TGRI was really TCRI...and was run by aliens from outer-space) There was no way a plot that furthered the story would be any good...

unless....they chose the script they chose for this movie. The whole side story in Feudal Japan is it's own movie and this works excellently for the film. The Turtles show up to save April, who has been transported to Feudal Japan by a magic scepter. And of course adventure and comedy is bound to ensue.

Another thing I digged was the character development...which is sometimes sped up sometimes on Michaelangelo, Raphael, Whit, April and Casey's relationship, and Kenshin. However April (by herself), Lord Norinaga, Mitzu, Walker, and Donetello's character development works... (Don's character changes throughout the entire trilogy....first smart mouth, then joker who is a whiz with computers (or starting to be.) then finally Turtle Nerd..."I can't possibly exist without one single microchip?")

Which brings me to one another issue..... Corey Feldman's return was awesome! The second Donatello always annoyed me. I think it was mostly because Corey Feldman made Don his own character and not just the smart guy, but rather a smart guy with a smart-ass mouth. :D Corey's Return is highlighted in the credits and with good reason. He does an excellent job of following up on the second Don's attempt to be a Computer Wiz..

The rest of the cast is great, with the exception of Splinter's new voice actor. He tries... but he is no Kevin Clash. I must comment on Robbie Rist and Brian Touchi. They are Michaelangelo and Leonardo..they surpassed the cartoon voice overs from the cartoon series in the first movie...and they continued with their roles until the end and never faltered. Tim Kelleher is excellent as Rapheal, tho' it would've been nice to have the original voicer of Raph from the first or the second...he makes the role his own and that's actually good! Paige Turco return is surprising as she doesn't look herself in this movie at all. (I thought it was a third April) and this could be seen as good or bad for the film. (She looks like she's acting more like Judith Hoag) and this could be because of Elias Koteas, who is the only actor to return from the original movie. (Actor..the others did voices) 'Course I may be wrong. But his presence helps connect this film with the previous two. We get to see how Casey has changed (or hasn't) in this film since we didn't get to in the first. His appearance as Casey is short but good. He also gets a chance to play a secondary character named Whit who may be Casey's great great great great grandfather.

All and all... a good Turtle Movie on it's own.


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