Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

888 Productions Released 1990



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Steve Barron

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the live action adaptation of the popular comic book. Set in the stylized world of New York City, the town is in the midst of a record crime wave which seems to be perpetrated by a mysterious gang of ninja thieves who once operated in Japan, known as the Foot Clan. Star reporter April O'Neil, is on the verge of exposing the truth, but is meeting opposition from her superiors, the hapless police force and the foot's shadowy leader The Shredder, a blade garbed masked terror. The only ones who can stop the crime turn out be mutant humanoid turtles with personality named, respectively, Leonardo's katana wielding leader; nunchaku spinning Michelangelo; bo-brandishing Donatello and sai-slashing Raphael, who live in the sewers beneath the city with their rodent mentor Splinter.


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  • A Mature, Original - and yet Faithful - Adaptation!

    This movie adapts it's source material loudly and proudly. It's dark and mature, yet knows when to lighten up and have some entertaining moments.

    It adapts a lot of storylines from the original comic book, yet adapts them with such originality that the movie always feels fresh despite how many times you re-watch it.

    And you'll want to re-watch it many times.

    This is a film that's mature - providing scary consequences for every misdeed made by the characters - and yet it's also heartfelt and adventurous - true family is where you are at peace.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - a classic film that transcends time and age.moreless
  • Even better than you remember!

    I recently watched this movie with a couple of friends who weren't even TMNT fans and were adults, and they enjoyed the movie immensely and are now huge Turtles fans.

    For me, it was even better than I remembered because of the themes and adult nature of the film. It really resonates with me and has now become my favourite Turtles incarnation (Used to be 2012 Series). Hope Michael Bay does a respectable reboot containing the adult and goofy themes of the original and if he doesn't, well we have the awesome game 'Out of the Shadows' that pays homage to this badass movie!moreless
  • A nostalgic rollercoaster, to be sure, but definitely not as good as you remember

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were at the height of their popularity by the time this film was released, and the movie only helped. Audiences loved it, critics, kinda lukewarm, but more on the negative side. While I tend to take its side, I will admit it has major problems. Though for me, the good still outweighs the bad. Good acting, for the most part, great suits and animatronics/special effects, and faithful adaption overall, with most character traits intact. It's okay, a nostalgic rollercoaster, to be sure, but definitely not as good as you remember.moreless
  • Pizza dudes got thirty seconds...

    Best movie ive ever seen.
Judith Hoag

Judith Hoag

April O'Neil

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Donatello (voice)

Brian Tochi

Brian Tochi

Leonardo (voice)

Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Raphael / Man In Cab (voice)

Robbie Rist

Robbie Rist

Michaelangelo (voice)

Michelan Sisti

Michelan Sisti

Michaelangelo / Pizza Man

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    • Production Budget - $13,500,000
      Domestic Gross - $135,265,915 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $201,965,915 (9th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $260,938,503
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $389,608,006

    • Other production companies:
      Golden Harvest Company
      Limelight Entertainment
      Mirage Productions
      New Line Cinema
      Northshore Investments Ltd.

    • Filming locations:
      Castle Hayne, North Carolina
      New York City, New York
      North Carolina Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina
      Screen Gems Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina
      Wilmington, North Carolina

    • Filming locations:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Bayside Parkway & Gateway Blvd., Fremont, California
      6th Street Bridge, Los Angeles, California
      Arcadia, California
      San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California
      El Mirage Dry Lake, California
      Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California
      Fontana, California
      Fremont, California
      Kaiser Steel Mill, Fontana, California
      Lake View Terrace Library, Sylmar, Los Angeles, California
      Lakeview Medical Center, Lakeview Terrace, Los Angeles, California
      Lancaster, California
      Long Beach, California
      Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia, California
      Malibu, California
      Northridge Fashion Mall, Northridge, Los Angeles, California
      Northridge, Los Angeles, California
      Reseda, Los Angeles, California
      San Jose, California
      Santa Fe, New Mexico
      Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, California
      Santa Monica, California
      Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California
      Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California
      Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California
      Terminal Island Freeway, Wilmington, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. This ain't no cartoon.
      2. Heroes in a half shell!
      3. All fathers care for their sons.
      4. Hey dude, this is NO cartoon.
      5. Lean, Green And On The Screen.
      6. They're mean, green and on the screen.
      7. Lean, green and on the screen everywhere.

    • Music:
      Written by Chuck Ri­o
      This is What We Do
      Written by M.C. Hammer
      Performed by M.C. Hammer
      Let the Walls Come Down
      Written by Johnny Kemp and Rhett Lawrence
      Performed by Johnny Kemp
      Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
      Performed by Spunkadelic
      Written by Monty Seward
      Performed by RIFF
      Every Heart Needs A Home
      Written by Paul Peterson, Carl Sturken, and Evan Rogers
      Performed by St. Paul
      Spin That Wheel
      Written by Ya Kid K - Kovali / El Sati
      Performed by Hi Tek 3
      T-U-R-T-L-E Power!
      Written by James P. Alpern and Richard A. Usher Jr.
      Performed by Partners in Kryme


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Pre-Teens, Family Comedies, Tweens