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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990] (1 disc)

Director:Steve Barron
Writer:Bobby Herbeck
Todd W. Langen
Composer:John du Prez
Length:95 minutes
(1 hour 35 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:38%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Four special brothers come to the aid of a news reporter, but their secret may not stay hidden for long.

Reaction: This is a fine interpretation of the Turtle mythos to live action. Some take issue with the changes in the back story, but those are rather minor when you get down to the actual story.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Steve Barron => Director
Bobby Herbeck => Writer
Todd W. Langen => Writer
John du Prez => Composer
Kevin Eastman => Characters
Peter Laird => Characters
Brian Tochi => Leonardo (voice)
Corey Feldman => Donatello (voice)
David Forman => Leonardo / Gang Leader
David McCharen => Oroko Saki (voice) / The Shredder
Elias Koteas => Casey Jones
James Saito => The Shredder / Oroko Saki
Jay Patterson => Charles Pennington
Josh Pais => Man In Cab / Raphael (voice)
Judith Hoag => April O'Neil
Kevin Clash => Splinter (voice)
Leif Tilden => Foot Messenger / Donatello
Michael McConnohie => Tatsu (voice)
Michael Turney => Danny Pennington
Michelan Sisti => Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
Raymond Serra => Chief Sterns
Robbie Rist => Michaelangelo (voice)
Sam Rockwell => Head Thug
Toshishiro Obata => Tatsu (as Toshishiro Obata)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Brian Tochi (The voice of Leonardo) and Robbie Rist (The voice of Michaelangelo) are the only actors who appeared in all three live-action [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles] movies.
  • In the script and novelization, the young boy that Tatsu attacks was to die from the beating. The sounds of the boy breathing and others saying he would be all right were added at the last minute after the movie ratings board objected to the scene.
  • Toward the end of the movie, one of the street punks (Sam Rockwell) says to the police chief "Check out East Warehouse on Lairdman Island." The creators of the Ninja Turtles were Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
  • When Donatello is skateboarding in the sewers to meet with Michelangelo while Mikey is waiting for the pizza, you can see, for a couple of frames, a human hand (which should be Donny's) move in and then out of the camera viewpoint while he is doing a spin.
  • In the Foot Warehouse, the boxes in the foreground near the skate half-pipe read Mirage, which was one of the comic book companies that published the Ninja Turtle comic books.
  • This was the highest-grossing independent film of all time, having made over $135 million in domestic box office. Starting with a production budget estimated around $13.5 million, that means a little over 1000% return on investment.