Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 film about a quartet of humanoid turtles trained by their mentor in ninjitsu who must learn to pull together in order to face the menace of Shredder and the Foot Clan.

Directed by Steve Barron. Written by Todd W. Langen and Bobby Herbeck.
Heroes in a half shell! taglines


Leonardo / Leo[edit]

  • [To his brothers.] He's alive! Splinter's alive!
  • I don't think. I know.
  • [Regarding Shredder.] Does anybody have any idea about who or what this is?

Michelangelo / Mikey[edit]

  • [as he is watching "The Tortoise & The Hare" with Donatello] Go! Move it, will ya? Aw, you're letting him blow right by ya! Can you believe this guy? Come on! Don't just--! Ninja-kick the damn rabbit! Do something!
  • [He avoids an attack by retracting his head inside his shell. He then pops his head out again and punches the ninja.] God, I LOVE BEING A TURTLE!!!!
  • Wise men say, "Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza."
  • Oh, but no anchovies. And I mean, no anchovies. You put anchovies on this thing and you're in big trouble, okay? [Splinter: [throws book at him] Michelangelo!] Uh, uh, that'll do. And the clock's ticking, dude.

Raphael / Raph[edit]

  • [repeated line] Damn.
  • [As he is fighting the Foot Clan on a rooftop.] You guys must be studying the, uuh, abridged book of ninja fighting.
  • [As he is fighting Casey Jones] A José Canseco bat? Tell me you didn't pay money for this.
  • [Chasing Casey Jones] Come back here! I'm not finished with you! DAAAAAAAMN!
  • [After shoving Casey, preventing him from killing the thieves] How 'bout a five minute game misconduct for roughing, pal?
  • I do hope there's more o' them.
  • I lost a sai! But, I can get it back!
  • [After Casey pulls out a cricket Bat] Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!
  • [When asked why he brought April to the sewer lair] Why? Oh, I don't know! Because I wanted to redecorate! A couple of throw pillows, a TV news reporter - what do you think?
  • [After defeating some Foot Ninjas] I mean come on how do you guys expect to beat me? [then more ninjas show up] good answer!, good answer!

Donatello / Donnie[edit]

  • [Turtles are watching April on TV, Michelangelo's teasing Raphael] I think he's actually turning red! [Raphael throws sai, sticks to floor between Donatello's legs] Uh, maybe not.
  • [Casey Jones and the Turtles are inside April's apartment fighting the Foot, who's numbers are continuing to increase.] Hey guys? I'm not so sure this is uh, structurally speaking, such a good time for your ah, buddies to drop in...
  • [April and Casey fight then go into different rooms, slamming the doors after them] Gosh, it's kind of like Moonlighting, isn't it?
  • [After losing at a rock paper scissor match against Michaelangelo] Damn!

April O'Neil[edit]

  • [opening lines] 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 complaints ranging from purse snatching to breaking and entering, police switchboards have been swamped with the angry voices of more and more citizens who have fallen prey to the recent surge of crime that continues to plague the city. Instead of getting better, things have actually worse. Even more alarming is the baffling and often bizarre nature of these crimes. Merchandise of every size and description, from skateboards to stereo systems, has been disappearing from store shelves and storage areas at an alarming rate. Even the victims themselves rarely catch a glimpse of the thieves. Many don't even know they've been victimized until it's too late. In fact, police have yet to come up a single eyewitness. Only a few vague reports of young boys or teenagers at the scenes have been filed, but whoever is behind these crimes, one thing is certain, these are much than just a series of random, isolated incidents. Crimes without criminals? An invisible gang at work? Who we gonna call? Unfortunately, the police are the only ones to combat what some are already dubbing "The Silent Crime Wave", but perhaps the most disturbing silence is that coming from city hall. April O'Neil, Channel 3 Eyewitness News.
  • And then there's Casey Jones, a 9-year-old trapped in a man's body. He might almost be cute if it wasn't for that pigheadedness.
  • [to Chief Sterns] Would you mind repeating it, in English, perhaps?

Casey Jones[edit]

  • That was a crime, you purse-grabbing pukes. And this is the penalty. 2 minutes for slashing... 2 minutes for hooking... and let's not forget my personal favorite: 2 minutes for high stick.
  • [to the Foot Soldiers of Raph] You guys mind telling me what you're doing to my little green pal over there, hm? [sees April] Oh, who is the babe?
  • [to Tatsu] A little Primatene might just help to clear that up there.
  • [after knocking Tatsu out with a golf club] I'll never call golf a dull game again.
  • I look like I just called Mike Tyson a sissy, and all you can say is 'Hi'?
  • [After seeing Raphael for the first time] Hey, what are you? Some sort of punker? [Raphael: Huh?] I hate punkers. Especially bald ones with green makeup...who wear masks over ugly faces.
  • 'Class is Pain 101... your instructor's Casey Jones.'
  • [While activating the trash compactor with Shredder inside] Oops!


  • [repeated line] Kids.
  • My Master Yoshi's first rule was "possess the right thinking."  Only then can one receive the gifts of strength, knowledge, and peace.
  • Some say that the path from inner turmoil begins with a friendly ear.  My ear is open if you care to use it.
  • Anger clouds the mind.  Turned inward, it is an unconquerable enemy.
  • All fathers care for their sons.
  • I, too, once had a family, Danny. Many years ago, I lived in Japan. A pet of my Master Yoshi, mimicking his movements from my cage and learning the mysterious art of Ninjitsu, for Yoshi was one of Japan's finest shadow warriors. His only rival was a man named Oroku Saki. And they competed in all things, but one more fiercely than for the love of a woman, Tang Shen. Shen's love was only for my master, and rather than see him fight Saki for her hand, she persuaded Yoshi to flee with me to America, but Saki vowed vengeance. I remember it well, as my master returned home to find his beloved Shen lying on the floor. And then he saw her killer. Saki wasted no words, and during the struggle, my cage was broken. I leapt to Saki's face, biting and clawing, but he threw me to the floor and took one swipe with his katana, slicing my ear. Then he was gone, and I was alone.
  • I am proud of you, my sons. Tonight you have learned the final and greatest truth of the Ninja: That ultimate mastering comes not from the body, but from the mind. Together, there is nothing your four minds cannot accomplish. Help each other, draw upon one another, and always remember the power that binds you. The same is what brought me here tonight, that which I gladly return with my final words: I love you all, my sons.
  • [confronting Shredder] Yes, Oroku Saki, I know who you are. We met many years ago, in the home of my master, Hamato Yoshi!
  • Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki, but something much worse comes for you, for when you die, it will be... [Shredder reaches for the back of his belt, takes out a knife and throws it at Splinter, who dodges it and releases Shredder, who falls, screaming, into the garbage truck] ....Without honor.
  • I have always liked.... Cowabunga! [laughs] I made a funny!

The Shredder[edit]

  • [To newly made Foot Ninja] Money cannot buy the honor, which you have earned tonight. You make us all proud. [To street gang] Only effort, discipline, loyalty, earn the right to wear the dragon dochi. You are here because the outside world rejects you. This is your family. I am your father. I want you all to become full members.... of the Foot. There is a new enemy: Freaks of nature who interfere with our business. You are my eyes and ears. Find them! Together, we will punish these.... creatures. These... turtles!
  • [To Tatsu regarding April O'Neil's mentioning the Foot Clan during her TV broadcast] Find her. Silence her.
  • There will be no mistake this time. I go myself.
  • [To the Turtles] You fight well.... in the old style. But you've caused me enough trouble. Now you face.... the Shredder.
  • [Raphael: Where's Splinter?] Ah, the rat. So it has a name. It HAD a name. [Leonardo: YOU LIE!] [Smirks] Do I?
  • [To Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo] He [Leonardo] dies. Weapons! [Gestures with his head] NOW!! [Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo discard their weapons to save Leonardo.] Fools! [laughs briefly] The three of you may have overpowered me with the loss of but one! Now your fate... WILL BE HIS!! [Brings back his yari and prepares to stab Leonardo.]
  • [Removes his mask to face Splinter, revealing the scars underneath from their last encounter.] You.... Now I will finish what I began with your ear! [Attempts to joust Splinter, but his yari is caught in a nunchaku chain and he is hanging over the edge of a building]


  • [after a teen bumps into him by accident] Go. Play.
  • Never lower your eyes to an enemy.
  • Ninja vanish!


Donatello: [skateboards in the sewers, and then stops to sit down next to Michelangelo] How ya doin'?
Michelangelo: Fine.
Donnie: Nice night.
Mikey: Mm-hmm. Pizza dude's got 30 seconds.
Donnie: Mm-hmm. [nods, then wonders about what Splinter said earlier] Hey, Mikey, did you ever think about what Splinter said tonight? I mean, about.... what it would be like, you know, not having him?
Mikey: [understandably uncomfortable with answering such a question, he brushes it off] Hmm. Time's up. $3 off. [Donnie shakes his head in frustration]

Pizza delivery guy: [pulls up on his scooter outside an apartment building] Okay. [removes pizza from a pouch on the back of the scooter and whistles] Now, 122. [looks closer at the address of the order] 122 1/8? [looks around for the address] 122.... 1/8? [annoyed because he can't find it] Terrific. Where the heck is 122 1/8?
Mikey: [from the sewer grate on the street, which surprises the pizza delivery guy] You're standin' on it, dude. [pokes a ten dollar bill up through the grate] Just slip it down here.
Pizza delivery guy: [warily slides the pizza down through the grate while simultaneously taking the money] Gimme that! [starts back to his scooter before noticing the amount of money he was given and turning back toward the grate] Hey, this is a $10. The tab's $13!
Mikey: You're two minutes late, dude!
Pizza delivery guy: [kneels down upon the grate] Aw, come on, I couldn't find the place!
Mikey: Wise man say "Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza."
Pizza delivery guy: [stands upon realizing how weird the situation is and heads back to his scooter; muttering] I gotta get a new route. And I thought I delivered everywhere.

Mikey: Yes, friends, the new Turbo Ginsu! Wa-hoo! [tosses the pizza while Leonardo slices it] It dices, it slices, and yet makes French fries in three different-- [a pizza slice lands on Splinter's head] WHOOPS!
Splinter: [annoyed but unimpressed] Mmm, kids.

Casey Jones: New game, round-head: [pulls out a cricket bat] Cricket.
Raphael: [dumfounded] Cricket?! Nobody understands cricket. You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket.
Casey: I'll teach you! [swings and hits Raphael into a trash can] See? 6 Runs.
Raph: [struggles to get out]
Casey: [running] So long, freak! I've got work to do!
Raph: [finally free of the can and furious] FREAK?! FREAK?!?
[Casey leaps over wall and runs while Raph gives chase before he rolls over the hood of a taxi cab]
Passenger (Josh Pais): What the heck was that?!
Cab driver: Looked like sort of a big turtle in a trench coat. [the passenger is silent] You're going to LaGuardia, right?
Raph: [still chasing Casey] Come back here! I'm not finished with you! [screams angrily into the sky] DA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-AMN!!!!!!

[Raphael tries sneaking in late after his encounter with Casey]
Splinter: [lights a match, revealing he's been waiting for Raph to return home] Raphael.... [Raph sighs] come sit by me.
Raph: [stressed] Couldn't this wait 'til morning?
Splinter: [firmly] You will listen now. [Raph relents and joins him] My Master Yoshi's first rule was "possess the right thinking." Only then can one receive the gifts of strength, knowledge, and peace. I have tried to channel your anger, Raphael, but more remains. Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward, it is an unconquerable enemy. [Raph listens in silence as Splinter continues] You are unique among your brothers, for you choose to face this enemy alone. But as you face it, do not forget them. And do not forget me. [reaches to touch Raph's head, causing Raph to weep] I am here, my son.

[April's boss, Charles Pennington, is visiting her at her apartment to make sure she's okay after nearly being mugged the night before, and is quite irritated that he wasn't informed sooner.]
Charles: [concerned] C'mon, April, you could've called me last night, you know? Call it a quirk, but I like to know when one of my best reporters has been mugged.
April: [defensively; knowing that she was somehow saved; applying makeup to her bruises] I wasn't mugged, Charles. Besides, I knew you'd just worry and then rush over her.... like you did this morning.
Charles: Well, from now on, security is gonna escort you to that Stone Age van of yours every night.
April: [does a mocking salute in a deep voice; to irritate Charles] Yes, sir!
Charles: [neither amused nor impressed] I'm not kidding, April.
[April scoffs in annoyance. In the kitchen, Charles' son, Danny, (the boy who was assisting the Foot at the beginning) is reading a comic book. April notices him.]
April: [trying to change the subject] Hey, Danny. How's school goin'?
Danny: Fine.
Charles: [sarcastically] Oh, wonderful. [seriously; implying that Danny is a truant] So wonderful in fact, I have to drive him there every morning now just to make sure he goes. [Danny puts on the headphones he had stolen with the Foot earlier, which irritates Charles] See? That's what he does when he wants to ignore me. Sticks his head in those things. [sighs; suspecting (correctly) that Danny might've stolen them] I wonder where the hell he got those things anyway.
April: [not seeing anything wrong] Charles, give the kid a break.
[Charles sighs and looks out the window, concerned with the rising crime rates and fearing the fate that might befall the city.]
Charles: [concerned] Just what is going on out there, April? [Danny notices and snatches a $20 bill out of April's wallet] I've never seen anything like this before. It's like the city's falling apart. It's getting to where you can't even step outside in the daytime anymore.
April: Well, I'll tell you one thing. After everything I've been hearing out of Little Tokyo, Sterns is gonna have some answering to do this afternoon.
Charles: [warningly; knowing what this'll lead to] Hey, hey, hey. Look. [raising his voice] Just take it easy, okay? He's already got the Mayor breathing down my neck.

Chief Sterns: We are presently executing a plan of redeployment that will minimize response time while maximizing coordination between patrol units in a decentralized networking scheme.
April: [dumbfounded] Huh. I'm not sure I understood all of that, Chief Sterns. Would you mind repeating it, in English, perhaps?

[April is called into Sterns' office]
Chief Sterns: O'Neil! Get in here!
April: [sighs; knowing she now has to face Sterns' wrath; to the technician] Time me.
[She heads into the office. As the technicians finish packing up for the day, two cops pass by with Danny in handcuffs, having been arrested for trying to steal a car stereo earlier. As this happens, Danny glares at April.]
Sterns: [tired of her investigation] Just what is it that you hope to accomplish out there, besides busting my chops?!
April: I think you know just as much as I do about this Foot Clan, and I don't think you're doing anything about it.
Sterns: [getting increasingly agitated] You expect me to waste precious manpower because a few immigrants are reminded of something that supposedly happened years ago in Japan?!
April: [sarcastically] Have you got something else?
Sterns: [irked] Are you tryin' to tell me [bellows] HOW TO DO MY JOB?!?!
[April runs out of Sterns' office in fright as the door slams shut behind her]
Technician: 1:07, a new record.

April: [races down into the subway only to discover she just missed her train; scoffs in annoyance] Great, just great. [proceeds to wait for the next train, but senses she's not alone. She turns around and gasps, seeing a small group of Foot Clan ninjas there]
Foot Ninja: We've been waiting for you, Ms. O'Neil.
April: [trying to act brave] What? Am I behind on my Sony payments again? [laughs nervously]
Foot Ninja: Your mouth may yet bring you much trouble, Ms. O'Neil. I deliver a message. [he extends his hand as if to give her something, only to slap her hard on the cheek] Shut it.

Leonardo: [To Raphael; upon seeing that Raph has brought an unconscious April O'Neil back to their sewer den; in absolute and utter disbelief] Are you crazy?
Raph: [sarcastically] Yeah, Leo, I'm crazy, okay?! A loony, okay?!
Donatello: Why?
Raph: [still sarcastically] "Why"?! Why, oh, I don't know, because I wanted to redecorate. You know, a couple of throw pillows, a TV news reporter, what do you think?!
[Leo grunts, not liking the attitude.]
Splinter: [walks into the common area to discover the cause of all the commotion] Raphael, what are you doing?
Raph: [grumbles nervously; trying to stay out of trouble] She got jumped in the subway, I had to bring her here.
Donatello: It's the news lady.
Michelangelo: [hopefully] Can we keep her?
Splinter: [reluctantly; to the Turtles] Bring water, cold washcloth, pillow.

Splinter: For 15 years now, we have lived here. Before that time, I was a pet of my Master Yoshi, mimicking his movements from my cage and learning the secret art of Ninja. When we were forced to come to New York, I found myself, for the first time, without a home, wandering the sewers, scavenging for whatever I could find. And then, one day, I came upon a shattered glass jar and four baby turtles.
Mikey: That was us.
Raph: [annoyed] Shut up.
Donnie: [annoyed] Ohhh, no.
Splinter: The little ones were crawling into a strange, glowing ooze from a broken canister nearby. I gathered them up in an old coffee can, and when I awoke the next morning, I received a shock, for they had doubled in size. I, too, was growing, particularly in intellect, and I was amazed at how intelligent they seemed, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next; one of them spoke.
Baby turtle in flashback: Pizza. Pizza!
Splinter: More words followed, and I began their training, teaching them all that I had learned from my master.
Baby turtle in flashback: Radical! Radical! Radical! Radical!
Splinter: And soon, I gave them all names; Leonardo, Michelangelo....
Mikey: That’s me.
Splinter: ...Donatello and Raphael.

April: [after the Turtles have escorted her home] I'd like to invite you all in, but really I don't have anything to offer you guys, except for, uh, frozen pizza.
Mikey: [excitedly hops up out of the manhole] Let's go for it!
Donnie: [pops his head up out of the manhole mere moments after Mikey] You said the magic word.
April: [stunned] You guys eat pizza?
Mikey and Donnie: [simultaneously] Doesn't everybody?

April: Will I ever see you guys again?
Mikey: Indubitably!
Leonardo: Well, that depends on how fast you stock your pizza.

Leo: Ha-ha! No doubt about it. She loved us!
Mikey: It was the impressions, dudes!
Donnie: You wish.
Leo: [notices a giant hole in the door] Hold it!
[They rush into the lair to find it completely destroyed, as if a fight had just broken out. As they look around in shock and confusion, they notice Splinter's broken couch, indicating that he's either dead or kidnapped.]
Leo: [utterly horrified] Splinter....
[Raph gets closer to the broken couch, letting out a scream of pure rage and sadness. Up top, an old man hears the scream, wondering where it came from, but thinks nothing of it. Back to April's apartment, where she opens the door to find the Turtles devastated.]
April: [concerned] What's wrong?
Leo: [devastated] Splinter.... [sniffles]

[Chief Sterns is going over Danny's criminal record. He also has a sticky note with Charles' number. He begins dialing the number to call the Channel 3 editor, knowing he could use his son as leverage to get Charles to get April to stop investigating the Foot Clan crimes.]
Sterns: [mumbling] 555-5215. [dials the number; holds up the phone, waiting]
Charles: [over the phone] Hello?
Sterns: Hello. Charles Pennington?
Charles: [over the phone] Yeah, who's this?
Sterns: [puts his feet up on the desk and kicks back into the shadows; omniously] You got a son named Danny, Charles?

Charles: [while driving Danny to school; lividly] I don't get it, Danny. I make more than enough money to provide for both of us and you're stealing. Why?
Danny: [blandly] I don't know.
Charles: [incredulous] You don't know?! [scoffs] What the heck were you doin' with a car stereo anyway? [sarcastically] Or, uh, don't you know that either?
Danny: [still blandly] Sorry.
Charles: [completely unimpressed] "Sorry"? Not as sorry as you're gonna be after school. [they stop at a red light and Danny runs out of the car] Danny! Damn it! Danny, come back here! [Danny flees into the subway]

[after Raphael gets a mention from April on the news]
Donnie: [teasingly] Hey, look. Nyuk-nyuk. I think he's blushing.
Raph: [defensively] I am not.
Donnie: [thinking Raph is lying; still teasingly] I think he's actually turning red. [Raph angrily chucks a Sai into the floor between Donnie's legs; nervously decides to stop teasing Raph] Uh, hmm. Maybe not.
Mikey: [agreeing] Mm-hmm.
Raph: [picks up his sai from the floor and walks towards the window; bitterly] So what do we do now?!
Leo: What do you mean, "What do we do now?"
Raph: [worriedly] Splinter's out there somewhere!
Leo: [trying to reassure him] I know Splinter's out there.
[Donnie and Mikey realize what's about to happen.]
Mikey: Fight?
Donnie: Fight.
Mikey: Kitchen?
Donnie: Kitchen.
Mikey: Yeah.
[they wisely head into the kitchen to avoid the confrontation.]
Raph: [whirls around; angrily] So what are we gonna do about it?!
Leo: What can we do about it? April's our only link to these guys. We have to wait until she comes up with something.
Raph: [sarcastically; quite rudely] Oh, so that's the plan from our "great leader", huh?! Just sit here on our butts?!
Leo: [glares; getting tired of Raph's attitude] I never said I was your great leader.
Raph: [talking back] Well, you sure act like it sometimes.
Leo: [losing his patience] Yeah? Well, you act like a jerk sometimes, you know that? [Raph scoffs and rolls his eyes] And this attitude of yours isn't helping anything.
Raph: [fed up] Yeah?! Well-Well, maybe I'll just take my attitude and leave!
[he begins to do just that, angrily storming out of the door]
Leo: Why don't ya?
Raph: I will!
Leo: Good.
Raph: [slams the door] Great!
Leo: [coldly] Go ahead. We don't need ya.
[Donnie and Mikey are visibly shocked, but they pretend to be uninterested.]
Mikey: [hands him a pork rind] Pork Rind?
Donnie: [takes the pork rind] Pork Rind.

[two Foot Ninjas are left after Raphael defeats a large number; they look at each other in fright and confusion.]
Raphael: I mean, come on, how do you guys expect to beat me? [camera pans as an overwhelming number of Foot Ninjas leap onto the rooftop.] Good answer. Good answer.

April: Hasn't Raph been gone a long time?
Donnie: Nah, he does it all the time. He likes it.
[scene cuts to Raph being dragged down some fire escape steps by the Foot.]
April: Are you sure?
Donnie: Ah, don't worry. He'll probably be back any minute.
[An unconscious Raph is thrown through the skylight, landing at their feet]
April: [horrified] Raph! Is he--?!
Leonardo: [checking Raph's pulse] No, he's alive. Barely.
April: [softly] Oh, God.

Leo: [about Casey] Who the heck is that?
Mikey: Wayne Gretzky? On steroids?

April: What did you do, did you take classes in insensitivity?!
Casey: Hey, I was just trying to break it to you easy.
April: Oh, well, you failed miserably!
Casey: Hey, Broad-zilla, you wouldn't even be standing here if it weren't for me, okay?
April: And what do you want, do you want a "thank you"?
Casey: No, it's me who should thank you for that privilege, right?
April: Fine!
Casey: Yeah.
April: Thank you.
Casey: No, thank you!
April: You're welcome!
Casey: You're welcome! [they each march to their separate rooms slamming the doors behind them]
Donatello: Gosh, it's kind of like Moonlighting, isn't it?

Casey: [as he and Donnie work to fix up an old truck] Not even close, Zip Neck. Professor and Mary Ann. Happily ever after.
Donnie: Heh! No way, Atomic Mouth. Gilligan was her main man. They'd be married and have 6 kids by now.
Casey: Aw, man, Gilligan was a geek, Barfaroni!
Donnie: You're the geek, Camel Breath.
Casey: Ya Dome Head.
Donnie: [gasps and self-consciously rubs his bald head] Elf Lips!
Casey: [finishes fixing the engine] Let's give this a try. See if this transplant worked, Funkoid.
Donnie: All right, here goes. [about the insult game] What are we on?
Casey: Uh, G.
Donnie: [continues the insult game] Hmmm. Here goes, Gak Face!
Casey: I'm ready, Hose Brain!
[Donnie starts the engine, but accidentally drives the truck through the barn doors, with Casey just barely managing to jump out of the way.]
Donnie: [somewhat nervously; hoping Casey's not mad at him for nearly running him over] It worked. [Casey throws a dirty rag/wash cloth at him; bitterly] Hey....

[Shredder and Tatsu are overseeing the Foot's growing influence over the city.]
Tatsu: Your empire flourishes, Master Shredder.
Foot Ninja in background: Oh, no, no, no. That's a stereo.
Shredder: [inquiring updates on Splinter's interrogation] What more from the rat?
Tatsu: Nothing. He will not speak.
Shredder: [regarding Danny's whereabouts] And the boy who led us to the Turtles?
Tatsu: He is still missing. [wondering why Shredder's so troubled by the Turtles] I do not understand. Why do the Turtles trouble you, Master? They have not been seen for many days.
Shredder: Something.... about the way you described their fighting. Something familiar. Something.... [pauses; thinking that Splinter and the Turtles might have some connection to Hamato Yoshi] ...from the past.

Donnie: [upon noticing how uncomfortable Casey seems in their underground lair] You're a claustrophobic! [chuckles]
Casey: [thinking Donnie is making a rude gay joke; warningly] Do you want a fist in the mouth?
Donnie: [shakes his head "no"] Mmm-mmm.
Casey: I've never even looked at another guy before.

Mikey: [yawns] Oh, man, I could go for a little deep dish action right about now.
Danny: I had some pizza down here the other day. There might be some left over. [Donnie notices the pizza box]
Mikey: [runs over to the table as April laughs. Donnie takes a look inside the box, but quickly closes it] Well?
Donnie: Question.
Mikey: [growing impatient] Ugh. Yeah?
Donnie: Do you like penicillin on your pizza? [shows Mikey that the pizza has developed mold on it]
Mikey: D'oh! [he and Donnie start humming "Taps"]

[while fighting the Foot]
Mikey: Hey, Donnie, looks like this one is suffering from shell shock.
Donnie: Too derivative.
Mikey: Well, I guess we can really shell it out.
Donnie: Too cliché.
Mikey: Well, it was a shell of a good hit!
Donnie: I like it! [to next opponent] Step up!

Leo: [Shredder shows up] Does anybody have any idea about who or what this is?
Mikey: I don't know, but I'll bet that it never has to look for a can opener. [Donnie giggles]
Shredder: You fight well.... in the old style. But you've caused me enough trouble. Now you face.... the Shredder.
Donnie: [realizing that they're in grave danger, but trying to find some humor in the situation] "The Shredder"?
Mikey: [nervously; trying to hide his fear with jokes] Uhh, maybe all that hardware's for makin' coleslaw?

Raph: Where's Splinter?
Shredder: [realizes what Raph means] Ah, the rat? [the Turtles gasp in fear and horror] So it has a name? [thinking that Splinter's dead; sadistically] It had a name.
Leo: [angrily growls; screams] YOU LIE!!!
Shredder: [evilly smirks] Do I? [Leo angrily screams and charges toward Shredder, but Shredder flips Leo, and points his yari to Leo's neck; to Raph, Donnie and Mikey; referring to Leo] He dies. [Raph, Donnie, and Mikey gasp; gestures with his head] Weapons. [the remaining three Turtles hesitate] Now! [Raph, Donnie, and Mikey reluctantly discard their weapons to save Leo.] Fools. [chortles] The three of you might have overpowered me with the loss of but one. Now your fate.... WILL BE HIS!!! [holds up his yari and prepares to stab Leo]
Raph, Mikey, and Donnie: [alarmed; pleadingly] NO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O!!!!!!!
[suddenly, Splinter appears, startling Shredder]
Mikey: [relieved] Splinter!
[Leonardo, seeing Shredder distracted, rolls away back to the other Turtles]
Splinter: Yes, Oroku Saki. I know who you are. We met many years ago.... in the home of my master.... Hamato Yoshi!
[Shredder removes his mask, revealing the scars underneath from their last encounter, revealing him to be Oroku Saki]
Raph: [referring to the Shredder, known as Oroku Saki] It's him.
Shredder: [absolutely horrified] You.... [angrily] Now I will finish.... what I began with your ear! [attempts to joust Splinter, but his yari is caught in Mikey's nunchaku chain and he is flung over the edge of the building, barley able to hold on to his yari.]
Splinter: Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki, but something much worse comes for you. For when you die, it will be-- [Shredder reaches for the back of his belt, takes out a knife and throws it at Splinter, who dodges and grabs it and, at the same time, releases Shredder, who, while screaming, falls into the garbage truck] --without honor.
Casey: [sarcastically] Oops! [activates the trash compactor with Shredder inside]

Leo: We were awesome!
Mikey: Bodacious! Ha-ha-ha-ha!
Raph: Bitchin'!
Donnie: [trying to come up with something] Uh.... mmm-mmm.
Mikey: Gnarly!
Leo: Radical!
Mikey: Yeah!
Raph: Totally tubular, dudes!
Mikey: Wicked!
Raph: Hellacious!
Donnie: Uh, mega--
Splinter: Ahem.
The Turtles: Huh?
Splinter: I have always liked.... "Cowabunga."
Turtles: Hmm? COWABUNGA!!
Splinter: [laughs] I made a funny! [laughs again]
[Leo, Donnie, and Mikey dance in victory while Raph hugs Splinter in relief.]


  • Heroes in a half shell!
  • Hey dude, this is no cartoon.
  • Lean, Green And On The Screen.
  • They're mean, green and on the screen
  • This ain't no cartoon.
  • All fathers care for their sons.
  • Cowabunga Dudes

About Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film)[edit]

  • There’s no greater feeling than walking onto the set and seeing the costumes in full motion, being worn by an actor. These things weighed 80 pounds, and the way they brought them to life with the technology that Jim Henson created to make them work and be believable…
  • When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name.
  • The animatronic Turtle suits created by Jim Henson's crew for the first TMNT movie were, quite simply, wonderful. I remember being blown away by how beautiful they were and how much the performers and puppeteers were able to get out of these clever and carefully-crafted agglomerations of latex, paint, leather and various fabrics.
  • Q: Being a martial artist and having to work with Donny’s head on and being unable to see fully–does that hinder your natural movement? Did it do anything to your hand-eye coordination?
A: You just had to rely on feel and not be so focused on what you were seeing. You had to rely on the feel of where your body would normally be. It was really difficult work. Plus, we were shooting down in North Carolina in the summer and there was 100% humidity all the time. It was tough. But we were also having a great time. It was one of the first times that Hong Kong stuntmen had come to work on an American production. I mean, these were guys that worked with Jackie Chan.


External links[edit]

Encyclopedic article on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film) at Wikipedia

  CREATORS     Kevin Eastman · Peter Laird  
  COMICS     Mirage comic series  (1984–2010) · Tales  (1987–2010) · Adventures  (1988–1995) · Mighty Mutanimals  (1991 spin-off) · Daily comic strip  (1990–1997) · Dreamwave comics
 (2003) · IDW comic series  (2011–present)
  TELEVISION     Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue  (1990) · Turtles Forever  (2009)  
  SERIES     1987–1996 series · Mutant Turtles: Superman Legend  (1996) · Next Mutation  (1997–1998) · 2003–2010 series · 2012–2017 series  
  FILMS     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  (1990) · Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze  (1991) · Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III  (1993) · TMNT  (2007) · Turtles
 (2009) · Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  (2014) · Out of the Shadows  (2016)  
  FAN-MADE     Casey Jones  (2011)  
  DOCUMENTARY     Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  (2014)  
  VIDEO GAMES     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus  (2004)  
  SEE ALSO     Leonardo da Vinci · Donatello · Michelangelo · Raphael