PG | | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.
Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Christian Slater, Lou Diamond Phillips, Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Brian Austin Green, Alex Winter, Gary Daniels, & River Phoenix were considered for the role of Casey Jones.
Much more than just a series of small, isolated incidents, it's now apparent that an organized criminal element is at work and at the moment, business is good. So good in fact that there appear to be no eyewitnesses to any of these crimes. With ...
At the end of the movie, when Shredder is running towards Splinter with the staff, part of the sound stage is visible (on the full screen version).
The film title appears from behind the corner of the sewer, just before the Turtles come around it and are fully seen for the first time.
In the UK theatrical, television and VHS versions, the ban on nunchuks caused two scene notable scene trims. The face-off in April's apartment in which Michaelangelo and a member of The Foot perform nunchuk moves in succession was removed completely, with the fight starting instead with Donatello diving through the air directly after this sequence. Another sequence trimmed heavily was the apparent death of Shredder. In the full length version, Shredder charges at Splinter, who produces a pair of nunchuks, wraps them around Shredder's staff and hurls him over the edge of the building. Shredder hands onto his staff which Splinter maintains his grip on, and Splinter begins a speech, but is interrupted by Shredder, throwing a scythe at him. Splinter moves to one side, and Shredder looses his grip on the staff, falling into the garbage truck where he is crushed. This was heavily trimmed so that it appears Shredder runs at Splinter, who seemingly trips him up, and Shredder just falls over the edge as Splinter watches on. The original versions of both scenes were reinstated for the 2004 DVD.
$25,398,367 1 April 1990