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3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Action, Family | 7 April 1995 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Sang-ok Shin (as Simon S. Sheen)

Writer:

Alex S. Kim (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Wong ... Grandpa
Charles Napier ... Jack
Michael Treanor 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 ... 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
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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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Knuckling Up for their Biggest Adventure Yet! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Action | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Ninjaa Sotapolulla See more »

Filming Locations:

Topanga Canyon, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$407,618
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is only film in the "3 Ninjas" series that does not feature ninjas as the antagonists. See more »

Goofs

Rocky keeps switching between having braces and not having braces, even though the movie spans a total of 2-3 days. For example, when Grandpa first tells the boys to listen to the flower and when Rocky and Colt first meet Jo, Rocky does not have braces. Yet the morning after the ninjas rescue Jo's father (when Grandpa throws an egg at them) Rocky has braces. Rocky also has braces at the pizza parlor. See more »

Quotes

Tum Tum: I dont wanna die! I never even hit puberty yet!
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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 »

Connections

Follows 3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994) See more »

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Another unnecessary sequel.
8 March 2000 | by TwzzlrFrkSee all my reviews

As a rule, sequels are never as good as the originals. Once in a while, we get AMAZING movies like "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Godfather II". However, comparing this movie to those two classics would be a great injustice to Mr. Lucas and Mr. Coppola.

I saw the first one as a nine-year old kid, and perhaps seeing this one eight years later detracted from me taking interest in the film, but nonetheless - this film is bad.

Eighty-five minutes of "non-stop ninja action" (they're not exaggerating when they say that) put together to form a weak plot. The Bruce Lee movies (which I am not really a fan of) at least have a sense of class in the way they show the martial arts as, well . . . an art! This is just pure violence. The film is obviously meant to be a flick for teenage girls with overactive hormones to come drool over Treanor and Slade (now 16 and 15 in this movie I believe) as they kick the living daylights out of everyone they meet.

This movie isn't entirely bad. The plot does try to tie in some interesting topics about Native American culture, however, the inaccuracies and stereotypical portrayal of the culture detracts from admiring this aspect of the movie too. Another good aspect is that I guess the moral of the story is humility, but it's hard to pick that up with all the "bad motorbike guys" flying all over the place, getting their butts kicked by some five foot ninja.

In the end, this is an incoherent, trashy, unwatchable film that plays at a much lower level than the original. Perhaps now that I'm 17 I should watch the original again and wonder why I liked it in the first place. Perhaps it was learning the lessons of obedience, patience, and of course getting a good laugh or two out of it. But nonetheless, this is not a trilogy worthy of sitting next to the "Star Wars", "Godfather" or even the "Ninja Turtles" Trilogy for that matter!

Best of luck to Treanor, Slade and Power. I do hope that they may land roles in the future that don't require them to jump up in the air, make a 360, and kick a massive biker guy (who weighs at least 200 pounds heavier than them) in the face and knock him out cold.

3 out of 10 . . . The last time I went that low was "Starship Troopers" (it got a 1)! Yikes!!


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