(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) April O'Neil (Judith Hoag) a beautiful, young television investigative reporter at Channel 3's Eyewitness News, is doing a series of stories on the recent escalation of robberies in New York City. One evening after her nightly newscast, April encounters thieves in the act of robbing one of the TV station's remote vans. The street lights go out. We hear the sounds of a struggle. Shadowy figures lock in combat in the darkness behind her. When the police arrive, they find April dazed but unharmed, with her assailants neatly tied up around her. Inside the sewers of New York, April's rescuers are revealed: Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello - the illustrious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - who have returned to their subterranean den to report to their ninja master: an aging, four-foot tall talking rat named Splinter. After some pizza, the tempestuous Raphael goes to Central Park and gets into a fight with Casey Jones (Elias Koteas), a self-appointed vigilante who wields a variety of sports implements as weapons. A martial-arts athlete, Casey announces to himself that it is time to go into the dangerous, criminal world of the streets and save New York. "Somebody's gotta do it!" he says. Meanwhile, the silent crimes continue to escalate, despite April's prodding of ineffective police chief Ross Sterns (Raymond Serra) to clean up the city. April does manage to incite the group responsible for the crimes: a clandestine organization known as The Foot, which attacks her again, this time in the subway. Again, the heroic Raphael saves her. This time, however, he brings her to the Turtles' sewer den. Here, Splinter and his Turtles tell the spooked April the story of their origin, which involves a sewer encounter with radioactive ooze that caused them to grow to the size of men and gave them the gift of speech. As the Turtles escort April to her apartment, Splinter is "rat-napped" by The Foot. After the TMNT return home and find their Sensei missing, the heartbroken and confused Turtles return to April's apartment, while The Foot takes Splinter to its headquarters: a huge warehouse that is a cross between Pinocchio's "Pleasure Island" and a ninja "Fagin's Lair." It is here that The Shredder builds his empire, using an army of ninja-trained teenagers as his thieves. One of these is Danny Pennington, the estranged son of April's boss, and Danny tips The Shredder off as to where the troublesome Turtles are. Armed with this knowledge, The Foot launches an all-out attack, demolishing April's apartment in a knock-down, drag-out battle as she, the Turtles and Casey Jones (always on the lookout for a good fight, but overwhelmed by numbers this time) all flee. The heroes arrive at April's childhood home in the country, where the somber Turtles deal with their defeat, each in his own way. In the calm serenity of the countryside Casey and April discover each other. The Turtles now discover, through a mystical communique with their still-imprisoned Master Splinter, that the true ninja is not of the body, but of the mind. Accordingly, they all begin to retrain and hone their ninja abilities. With their new knowledge and skills, the Turtles return to the city. While Casey manages to rescue Splinter with Danny's help, the Turtles engage in their final battle with The Foot - in the sewers, on the streets and upon rooftops. The battle climaxes with Splinter defeating The Shredder, who is revealed to be Oruko Saki, the assassin of Splinter's own ninja master Hamato Yoshi. New York is saved, and the Turtles are reunited with their "father."moreless
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