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  • Actors: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas
  • Directors: Steve Baron
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Artisan Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: September 5, 1991
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (654 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301782763
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas Director: Steve Barron Writers: Kevin Eastman (characters), Peter Laird (characters), 3 more credits » Stars: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais | Features music of MC HAmmer. Catch America's favorite green teens in their first live-action blockbuster film. After wading in a puddle of radio-active waste, these radical reptiles are transformed into New York City's greatest crime fighters. This movie is a great time.


You can chalk it up to good timing and a heavy dose of video-game synergy, but this 1990 hit remains the box-office champ of independent films, with a total gross of $135 million. Of course the Turtles began as a phenomenally successful Nintendo video game, so it was a given that the movie would be a hit with its target audience of rabid young video addicts. This is what comic books fans call "the origin story," in which we learn how a foursome of small turtles were mutated by a green radioactive goo and turned into human-sized turtle crime fighters. Their large rodent mentor, Splinter, teaches them to master the martial arts. They're also gifted pop musicians, by the way (think of them as amphibious Spice Guys), so they can rock the house while they're cracking a crime wave with the help of their cute friend and television reporter April O'Neil (Judith Hoag). The script is terrible, of course, but countless millions of children don't seem to care, as long as the Turtles keep ordering pizza and dispensing their wisecracking brand of justice. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

One of the best comic movies ever.
C. Schifano
Lots of fun and great entertainment, it's terrific for the family.
Priscilla Stafford
I loved this movie when I was a kid...still love it!
Malia Smith

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on September 8, 2002
Format: DVD
I have always been a fan of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoons at a very young age. I have a lot of the episodes on tape and love to still watch them. I had heard that there were three non-animation movies out on the series but was never really compelled to see them. But the other day while at the video rental store, I decided to rent all three out. And what a surprise I got when I saw the first film for I actually enjoyed and loved watching it!
15 years have passed since a rat named Splinter (Kevin Clash) found four baby turtles in a puddle of ooze in the sewers. Because of the contact with the ooze, Splinter and the four turtles became mutants. Naming them after Renaissance artists, Leonardo (David Forman), Raphael (Josh Pais), Michaelangelo (Michelan Sisti), and Donatello (Leif Tilden), Splinter teaches them the ancient secret art of fighting. When the mysterious evil Shredder James Saito organizes the Foot Clan formed of young teenagers, causing the city to be in uproar because of vandalism. With the help of reporter April O'Neil (Judith Hoag) and former athlete Casey Jones (Elias Koteas), it's up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to save the day!
The movie has an interesting story-line if not extremely cheesy and corny but hey, that's how the original cartoons were! In fact, I would have found the movie unlikable if it hadn't contained some of the cartoon aspects of the original series. Also a lot of interesting facts are revealed like how Splinter's past is related to Shredder and the beginnings of the turtles.
Comparing the movie to the series, I was a bit surprised to find that movie usually centers on the character of Raphael. His character is a bit different from the series, a bit more hot-tempered, impatient, and more of a loner.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gaetano Brown on March 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I have to say i give the crew behind TMNT a lot of credit, dealing with the low budget they had, and able to create the wonderful costumes for the turtles. I'm not good with the names of the people in the costumes but i have to say, they are truly talented in the 3 movies in this series. This movie does seem to slow down in the middle of it, but the fight scenes are amazing. A lot of great directed shots by Steve Barron, this is probably one of his best. With the low budget they had, they were limited on set design, which is noticeable, do to the fact, that some of the shots are actually from New York, and the house that they are in after there first encounter with The Foot is a real house. As we can all tell, the costumes probably took a great deal of percentage out of the 13 million dollar budget. But overall, this movie is just plain fun, and great adventure.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Martin on October 24, 2001
Format: DVD
Ahh, the memories, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting the big screen back in 1990. I was so excited to go see it. I thought it was a great movie at the time, and still enjoy watching from time to time. TMNT stars Judith Hoag as April O'Neal, Elias Koteas as Casey Jones, and Corey Feldmen as the voice of Donatello.
The story takes place in New York, where a popular television reporter, April O'Neal, reports of recent rise in crime which she believes there is more to it then what the police department is saying. Of course, the people doing the crime want her to shut up. They are The Shredder and his group of ninjas called The Foot. During an attack by The Foot, April O'Neal is rescued by one of the turtles and taken to the turtles home. Soon Splinter, the turtles master, is kidnapped and they meet another ally, Casey Jones, who helps to rescue Splinter.
Most critics will write Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles off as a terrible movie. They always do when it's a movie directed towards the young (with Disney Animated features being the exception). It may be no Citzen Cane, then again, it isn't trying to be. More people like it then is willing to admit it, I guarantee that. GRADE: B+
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By 976-ERIC on June 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The success of the immensly popular kids show "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" lead, of course, to a live-action movie. Obviuosly most of theater flockers would be the millions of saturday morning kiddies who love the cartoon, but the producers didn't want to forget those whose support of the original grittier version of TMNT (in the b&w comix) that spawned the toys and the cartoon in the 1st place. So they decided to mesh the two. (Aside from new characters created exclusively for the film) only characters from the original comix were used: the TMNT, Shredder, April, Casey, Splinter. No Krang, Technodrome, Dimension X, Rocksteady & Bebop or footbots. (However April is still a reporter though.) But it was done in the style of the cartoon; lots of joking around, lots of pizza munching and even multi-colored bandanas and pupils were given to the turtles. But none of it is done to the point where a fan of the comix couldn't stand it, actually most of it is quite funny. The plot was even based upon the original comix following TMNT vol. 1 #1, Raphael #1 (loosely), Leonardo #1 (very loosely), TMNT #10, 11 and 19-21 (Return to New York). Of course some editing is done to adapt all of these comix into a 100m film and I must say it's done quite well, still us true TMNT fans await a cartoon or film adaptation based ONLY upon the original comix, but hey this is good too. Also, Jim Henson's Turtle costumes were wonderful.
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