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UK: Medusa Pictures
Cast: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Li Josh Pais, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden, David Forman, Michael Turney, Jay Patterson, Raymond Serra, James Saito, Toshishiro Obata, Robbie Rist, Kevin Clash, Brian Tochi, Corey Feldman, David McCharen, Michael McConnohie, Sam Rockwell, Joe D'Onofrio, Kitty Fitzgibbon, Louis Cantarini, John Ward, Ju Yu, Cassandra Ward-Freeman, Mark Jeffrey Miller, John Rogers, Tae Pak, Kenn Scott, Robert Haskell, Winston Hemingway, Joe Inscoe, Josh Lozoff
Director: Steve Barron
Countries: USA / Hong Kong
UK: 93 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains moderate violence (all previous cuts waived)
UK Release Date: 19 December 2003 (Re-release)
Lean, green and back on the big screen - The Turtles are back!
Get ready for a new wave of Turtlemania!
The pizza munching, wisecracking, butt-kicking "Heroes in a Half Shell" can be seen back on the big screen when the original, live-action TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES movie is re-released. Boasting the fully restored nunchaku action that was cut from the original release, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - THE MOVIE looks set to introduce the awesome effect of Turtle Power to a whole new generation.
When a young boy's four pet turtles accidentally end up in the sewers of New York, they come into contact with a radioactive ooze that miraculously increases their size, enables them to walk upright and gives them the power of speech. Over the years, they make regular forays into New York, disguised by sunglasses, hats and trench coats, learning the ways of the humans, visiting the cinema and developing a taste for pizza. Under the guidance of a wise, similarly mutated rat named Splinter, the turtles - Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Donatello - are trained in the ancient art of Ninjitsu. Using their skills to fight crime, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find themselves up against The Foot, a gang of teenage thieves led by an aging ninja assassin known as The Shredder. Aided in their struggle against The Foot by beautiful, young TV reporter April O'Neil and self-appointed vigilante Casey Jones, the Turtles must battle to save New York from an evil nemesis bent on world domination.
Directed by Steve Barron (MIKE BASSETT: ENGLAND MANAGER; THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO; CONEHEADS; ELECTRIC DREAMS) and starring Judith Hoag (ARMAGEDDON), Elias Koteas (COLLATERAL DAMAGE), Josh Pais (PHONE BOOTH; A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Sam Rockwell (MATCHSTICK MEN; CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND), on its original release TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, taking over $133 million at the box office. The film also features the vocal talents of Kevin Clash (the voice of Elmo from SESAME STREET!) as Splinter and Corey Feldman as Donatello.