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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the first live-action adaptation of the comic-book and cartoon franchise. It was released in 1990 with a PG rating, with New Line Cinemas handling the film's distribution. Despite, the PG rating it is considerably darker and edgier than any other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle adaptation. This is important to consider, since it is a little more violent than the rest. Despite concerns over the amount of violence, the film went on to make over $200 million.

The film has a running time of 93 minutes and was directed by Steve Barron. It stars Judith Hoag as news reporter April O'Neil, and Elias Koteas stars as Casey Jones. The Ninja Turtles are played by martial artists in costume, while separate actors portray their voices. Of note, Corey Feldman provides the voice of Donatello. The turtle suits were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The other interesting casting decision is a young Sam Rockwell as the head thug of the Foot Clan.

The story starts with news reporter April O'Neil reporting on a group of ninjas called the Foot Clan. Their master, Shredder, decides they need to get rid of her. As a result, she is attacked, but Raphael, one of the Turtles, comes to her rescue. After passing out, Raphael brings her to his home. The trouble picks up as one of the members of the Foot Clan followed them and the rest of the clan will know of their existence.

At this point, the film goes into the origins of how the Ninja Turtles came to be. Their origins also explain their mentor's origins as well, Master Splinter. The rest of the movie revolves around the Ninja Turtles trying to stop the Foot Clan, while the Foot Clan seeks to wipe out the Turtles.

| 1990 | 1 hr 33 min | 6.8/10 | 51/100
Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, David Forman
Golden Harvest
Steve Barron
Produced By
Simon Fields, Kim Dawson, David Chan, Co-Producer:, Graham Cottle, Executive Producer:, Raymond Chow

Also directed by Steve Barron, Steven Barron

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