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Plot: Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 29 Mar 1990
Whether film buffs would ever admit it or not, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is a classic film, arguably way before its time. Although for the die-hard fans of the comic book this movie did lack the apparent actual violence it did instead have great dramatic scenes blended in with witty comedic lines.With a dark tone and gritty cinematography filmed with fantastic sets and locations around New York this 90s movie is far from something to be pigeonholed 'just for kids' or a 'family movie'.The aforementioned 'surfer dialogue' criticised in other reviews <more>
can be put down to personal taste, as the majority of fans do find this lingo both entertaining and quote-worthy. Who could forget Splinter exclaiming "I... have always liked... COWABUNGA!!" Casey Jones is one of the greatest characters in film for a long time and the performances given throughout, even though can be labelled slightly b-grade, are lovable all the same from Chief Sterns to Charles and Master Tatsu. The angst of Raphael to the cheekiness of Michelangelo there is nothing not to like about the characters in this movie.The musical score is great and ranges from intense to comical - very fitting for a movie that is exactly that in its mood, without becoming corny unlike its follow-up films. MC Hammer creates the best songs of his career. Shameless fun.All of the scenes are special in different ways to different fans of this cult classic; from Casey Jones vs Raphael in the park to the Antique Store battle.Extremely under-rated. One of the best comic-book adaptations ever made and one of the defining films in a LOT of people's childhoods. A fantastic film for anyone with direction and storyline that remains highly enjoyable through the test of time.Brilliant.
One of the most Underrated movies ever! (by The Yeti)
I speak out on behalf of all fans of the TMNT!This is not a bad movie!You might say it has no storyline but I say it's kept simplistic for all the comic book fans. You don't want to confuse people with a massive complex tale. No one argues with 'Enter the Dragon' having a bad storyline!The characters in this movie are wonderfully set up. Right from the start we see that Raphael has issues. This anger forces him to distance himself and in the process we feel his fury. We immerse ourselves in the character and see how deep he can go. From woefully staring into New York from a <more>
rooftop or letting out a frenzy upon the gang that has literally knocked April to the ground we are getting to know the character inside and out. This is the hero of the movie. As for the comedic cheek of Casey Jones or the light-hearted double wisecracks of Michaelangelo and Donatello, I'd love to see the reason behind this movie having "no character study" as some people might say.The action scenes are set up within the constraints of a normal fun movie with great camera angles just dying to be put on an advert or poster.The turtle effects by the Jim Henson creature shop don't disappoint even though Splinter looks like he walked straight off the set of 'Labyrinth'. The turtles are so good you shouldn't care anyway. The animatronics are fab and the voice characterisation is well chosen.As for the main blessing, Steve Barron has chosen a dark tone for his movie. The original comic book would have been made proud by this attempt at making the movie more adult than people could believe. The crime-filled backdrops of New York make a great battleground, and the whole mythological element that all crime is ruled by a master ninja adds to the drama. The soundtrack couldn't be better for the beginning. This is a fantastic movie and horribly underrated. With so many great elements this goes down as one of the all time great fantasy adventures. 10 out of 10 and a cowabunga to boot!
This movie will always be a part of me... (by sublimital_death)
I was just a little kid when I first started collecting turtle stuff, Comics, figures, and trade cards, as well as many other things.. I remember one day I came home to find that my mother had thrown out every action figure and card I had, as well as most of my comics.. She replaced them with a phone and a fish tank.. She said I was getting too old for kid toys, and that I would grow out of them any way.. I was about 9... So when the movie was released I was the first one there on the first day it was released to theaters.. I collected some of the figures later on, but I never had a <more>
collection that was even close to my first.. I have almost every cartoon movie made on tape, several copies of all three live action movies, and this one on DVD... I never grew out of the turtles, and I know I never will.. I know all three movies word for word... When every one grows up, a part of them, a big part dies, and we forget what we loved so much as children.. Our Imagination dies, and an adult is born.. I simply refuse to let my heros go.. While the years pass and the turtles are forgotten, they will forever be a reminder to me of the times I could spend hours on end with nothing but myself and my action figures that came to life right in front of me with nothing more than my imagination....
Yet another childhood favourite that holds up very well (by TheLittleSongbird)
As a child, I loved this movie. At 19 I still do. The production values still look great and hold up well I think rather than it being dated. The cinematography and editing are well above average and the costumes and settings are easy on the eyes. I also love the music score, it fits wonderfully with the film's tone, shifting from intense to having a comic side to it. The story is interesting, has a tone that doesn't jar and further advantaged by some terrific action sequences. I for one was quite impressed by the script, it does have a dark quality to it but also has a campy and <more>
light-hearted side which I found appealing, though I do get what people say when they say they are concerned about who the movie is aimed at target audience wise. The characters are immensely engaging, the turtles have great personalities and manage to be very likable, Splinter is wise and easy to relate to and Shredder is appropriately menacing. Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a great movie. 9/10 Bethany Cox
Kids and teenagers remember the cartoon version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". But when they did the live version of it. It couldn't get any better than this. This may not go well with kids because Raphael says "damn" because he loses his sai. Other than that, the other scenes tend to be O.K. I liked the part where Splinter tells the turtles they should be meditating. It was funny when they played the song "Tequila" and I heard Donatello saying "Sock it to me!" It wasn't too played out when they had the Foot Soldiers out. It the cartoon they <more>
were robots, in the movie they're human punching bags ready for a good old-fashioned shell-shocking treatment. The Shredder James Saito displays a scar, the cartoon version wasn't even scarred. And good thing is there was no Bebop, nor Rocksteady. Those cronies were nothing more than comedy relief. And when the Shredder met his "end" in a garbage truck, I could easily say, "he is trashed!" This movie is different than the cartoon, and it's much more fun as well. To all the fans of the Turtles: KOWABUNGA! 4 OUT OF 5 STARS! DUDE!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - One of the better early comic book films (by bujinbudoka)
This is one of the better comic-to-film translations ever seen on the big screen. The movie stays very close to some of the story lines given in the early black and white comics drawn by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.Yes, there is cursing and swearing, however this movie tried to bring a more real-world feel to the characters, and, obviously, many teenagers do cuss.The story tells the tale of four mutated, humanoid turtles who, when exposed to an irradiated substance years earlier in the sewer, grew to adolescence and trained with a ninja rat named Splinter, who was also exposed to the <more>
substance as well.The movie focuses on a crime wave which has hit the city of New York, leaving reports of only a few glimpses of young boys or teenagers at the scene. Following the story closely is April O'Neil Judith Hoag . She's ultimately saved from danger by Raphael, one of the turtles and immediately well, almost anyway befriends them and their master.Also to their aid is Casey Jones Elias Koteas , a hockey-mask wearing vigilante who roams the streets at night taking down criminals the only way he knows how...brute force! As a matter of fact, one of the best moments in the movie is the fight between Raph and Casey, in which it endures them both to one another later on in the movie.We also find that behind the crime wave is a mysterious Ninja gang known as the Foot clan, headed by the Shredder. He's using the children to aid in his crime wave in order to keep himself and his troops hidden safely in the shadows. However, when he finds out about the turtles, he forces them to a final showdown atop the rooftops of New York.Being a student of the Bujinkan Taijutsu system, which also teaches Ninjutsu / Ninpo in its curriculum, I must admit that I find many of the techniques of the turtles "ninjitsu" to be less than realistic, so I'll take away for that. However I also know this was a movie for entertainment, and Pat Johnson, the film's choreographer did a good job considering the actors were inside of 50-80 lbs. of foam and rubber. And I felt it stayed very close to the original concept of the comic book series. I give it a 9 out of 10, and remain a loyal fan to the series for life.
This movie rocks! One of my favorite childhood memories! (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
Ah good times good times, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of my favorite cartoons as a kid and I absolutely loved the comics as well. This was such a great concept, I mean look at the title, who knew, right? Turtles that fight crime, talk like surfers, and eat pizza, but we bought it and rooted them on! So obviously the creators wanted to cash in on this great story and we got the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Guess what? It was awesome! This is one of my favorite movies from the 90's, I'm in my 20's now for goodness' sake and I still watch this. I can't help <more>
it, it's just such a fun movie and the great thing about this movie that despite it was made more for kids, it had a dark edge to it that it was also made for the adults as well.April O'Neil, an investigative reporter at Channel 3 Eyewitness News, is researching a story on a recent, immense crime wave in New York City. She is later rescued by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from a group of street thieves. As the Turtles are celebrating their victory, an ex-hockey player called Casey Jones, having become a vigilante to combat the crime wave, is shown beating two thieves with his sports equipment and arguing with Raphael over the proper way to punish criminals. The crime wave is traced by April to the Foot Clan; the Foot Ninjas attack her and knock her unconscious, Raphael rescues he. As the Turtles escort April back to her apartment, where they remain for some hours, the Foot raid the Turtles' lair and kidnap Splinter. They carry him back to their headquarters, where their master Shredder is forming an army of corrupted, ninja-trained teenagers to build himself an empire of crime. One of those teenagers is Danny, the son of April's boss; having seen the Turtles at her apartment, he tells Shredder where to find them. The Foot therefore launch a surprise attack on April's apartment. Outnumbered and surprised, the turtles are finally defeated, they may have lost the battle, but it's time for war to get their Splinter back.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one of those movies that just rocks because it has awesome action sequences, fun actors, and just a great story. I miss writing like this because it seems like more movies that are made with superhero's for the kids now-a-days are more cheesy. This was not made to insult anyone's intelligence, I mean, like I said before these are pizza eating vigilante fighting talking turtles yet we believed it. Not to mention that there is a talking rat, I know it's kind of a weird little puppet they created, but still he's like the Chinese Yoda that always makes a classic "funny" at just the right time. His last scene with Splinter was short, sweet, and effective. This is a movie I will show to my kids when I have a family one day and will still watch with a smile on my face.8/10
As a new generation turns 18-20 this movie was vital for many growing up. It WAS their Saturday morning routine. A necessary part of growing up, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instilled values for a generation. Both the movie and the TV show were key in this upcoming generation's development and coming of age. I recently watched this movie again for the first time in a decade, and yes it was cheesy and tacky. However, that doesn't make it bad in anyway. There are some complex issues going on beneath the surface here. First, this movie was released close to the peak of crime wave <more>
that occurred across the country in the early 1990's. A city lost in crime is saved by a few of the next generation's heroes, who are nothing more than teenagers on a quest for pizza. Second, there is a definite connection between Splinter and Jesus when he is nailed up to a wall and talking to his "sons". Many reading my comments may laugh because, lets face it, the idea of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is hilarious, but the movie spoke to a specific generation at a specific time and as a period piece it can still be appreciated. This was more than just a movie; it defined a generation. Even if the movie makes no sense go with it and watch it for the ridiculous 1990's dialogue...Its funny, enjoy!
This movie is an oddity, and I mean this in a totally positive way. When I was young I watched the cartoon, I saw the film as a kid too and liked it. What I've realised today is it's really a film for kids and adults alike, offering enjoyable action scenes and hilarious humour while also providing a surprisingly dark narrative. The feelings of loss, and the importance of family are ever present in this film and the Turtles play the part to perfection, leaving you to empathize with their state while the villains are brutal and merciless, offering no compassion or remorse. It's a <more>
classic tale of good verses evil and right verses wrong. The characters in this film are all extremely likable; the creature effects are surprisingly good and with so many scenes playing out so well it's hard not to enjoy the whole package. Many critics disagree, but this movie rocked when I was a kid, and it still rocks today! Cowabunga dudes!