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3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up (1993)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Family | 7 April 1995 (USA)
Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum are back in an all new adventure everyone will fall for.


Sang-ok Shin (as Simon S. Sheen)


Alex S. Kim (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Wong ... Grandpa
Charles Napier ... Jack
Michael Treanor ... Rocky
Max Elliott Slade ... Colt (as Max Elliot Slade)
Chad Power Chad Power ... Tum Tum
Crystle Lightning ... Jo
Patrick Kilpatrick ... J.J.
Don Shanks ... Charlie (as Donald L. Shanks)
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild Sheldon Peters Wolfchild ... Lee
Nick Ramus ... Chief Roundcreek (as Nickolas G. Ramus)
Donal Logue ... Jimmy
Vincent Schiavelli ... The Mayor
Selina Jayne Selina Jayne ... Jo's Mother
Kait Lyn Mathews Kait Lyn Mathews ... Theresa
Don Stark ... Sheriff


In this movie Rocky, Colt and TumTum must battle an evil wealthy toxic waste dumper in order to save a local Indian tribe and their friend Jo. The 3 Ninjas must help find Jo's father and find a secret disk that contains evidence that could stop the toxic landfill that is destroying the Indian community. However the town is owned by the rich man and he controls the police and even the mayor. They must fight a motorcycle gang and renegade cowboys in this non-stop ninja adventure. Written by David <David182@ix.netcom>

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Tum Tum, Colt and Rocky are back for all new non-stop Ninja action! See more »


Action | Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for non-stop ninja action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


One shoot lasted until 4 A.M. See more »


When Colt kicks the biker against the wall breaking the table and vase, the pad around the biker's waist is outside of his shirt under his jacket. See more »


Tum Tum: [last lines]
Tum Tum: So, you going to kiss her, Colt?
Colt: Who?
Tum Tum: Her. Jo.
Colt: Nah.
Rocky: Yes, you are!
Rocky and Tum Tum: [making kissing sounds; chanting] Colt's going to kiss Jo! Colt's going to kiss Jo! Colt's going to kiss Jo!
Colt: Come on, you guys! Okay, okay, maybe I will.
Rocky and Tum Tum: What?
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Crazy Credits

At the End of the Movie, In the Credits, Max Elliott Slade's middle name is spelled wrong (Elliot) instead of Elliott with two t's See more »

Alternate Versions

For the 1995 UK video version, 2 minutes and 9 seconds of footage was cut to secure a 'PG' rating. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: 3 Ninjas (2008) See more »

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The three Ninjas return
13 July 2020 | by Min111See all my reviews

This is a sequel to the 3 Ninjas. What I liked the most about this film was that the cast is 'exactly' the same just like in the first film: 3 Ninjas. In fact, 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, was shot alongside 3 Ninjas in the same year, but was not released until much later. It came after 3 Ninjas Kick Back, but the film actually comes before it. 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up is actually a prequel to 3 Ninjas Kick Back. The problem with 3 Ninjas Kick Back is that the cast isn't the same. 3 Ninjas and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up doesn't have that problem. That's why these two films are better. In 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, the three ninjas, Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum have yet another challenge along with their grandpa Mori. They have to take on a bad and rich toxic waste dumper in order to save a local Indian tribe, and their new friend called Jo. The three ninjas are tasked to finding a secret disk that could stop everything. The sequel is underrated in my view. It may not be quite as good as the 3 Ninjas, but it's still a good film nonetheless. It's definitely better than the following sequel 3 Ninjas Kick Back. The story is better. It's one of these 'nineties' films you could say. It's great if you're a 'nineties' kid like me. It's a film you can enjoy watching again. It's one of these cool kid films I guess. I like how the film is called. It's called 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up. I think it's such a cool title for a sequel. I like it. I'm surprised with the few number of reviews this film has received on here. I thought there'd be a lot more, but I'm glad I'm able to add on here. I'm sure the 3 Ninjas is popular, especially for those people born in the nineties. I like the 3 Ninjas.

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Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Topanga Canyon, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,789, 12 March 1995

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1.85 : 1
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