Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Corrected entry: When the Foot soldiers hold Donatello's head in the fishtank, after Donatello pulls his head out and spits the water at the foot soldier, the Foot soldier clutches his face and groans as if he had just been sprayed with acid. But the foot soldier is wearing a mask, in which case the water couldn't have gotten anywere near his eyes.

Correction: The mask has wire-mesh eye covers. So water could easily have gotten in his eyes. His groan was just a verbalization of his annoyance and awareness of his vulnerability while temporarily blinded.

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Corrected entry: When the two turtles are waiting for the pizza guy to come to their sewer grate, one of them is sucking on a popsicle stick. The actor in the turtle suit can't see what he is doing, though, and subsequently pokes himself in the face with the stick a couple of times before finding the mouth of the costume.

Correction: I always saw this as him absent-mindedly (purposely) poking himself, in the same way someone at a desk might poke/tap himself in the face/mouth/chin area with a pen while thinking.

I don't. If it were deliberately pensive poking, he'd tap the same spot perhaps at a regular pace; here he rapidly pokes once, twice in a different spot and finally finds the mouth; he's fumbling trying to blindly catch the hole.

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Corrected entry: Because Michelangelo has a pair of nunchaku, BBFC policy at the time of the original release in 1990, was to edit out scenes involving the use of chain sticks because it was feared they could be imitated, so the film was cut for this reason. These cuts were rescinded by the BBFC for its recent re-release in cinemas.

Correction: You can imitate a bo staff much easier than you can imitate a nunchuku but they didn't cut that out. The scenes were edited because, in British culture, nunchuku are perceived to be excessively violent weapons (in the British version of the cartoon, Michelangelo used a grappling hook).

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Corrected entry: Throughout the movie Michelangelo is using rope type chucks. During the scene when he is playing the nunchuck game with the foot soldier. He does a finger spin move; at this time the nunchuck is chain style. After, it is rope again.

Correction: Michelangelo's nunchaku are braided cord throughout the film. When he is spinning one on his finger, it is the individual braids that resemble links in a chain.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where the turtles are taking April home for the first time, April is followed by Donatello out of the sewer. Then when April offers them frozen pizza, Mikey jumps out, then Donatello comes out after Mikey.

T Poston

Correction: *If* it were possible to jump out at the speed Mike did, then it would also be possible for him to have jumped past Don.

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In the original screenplay and cut scene, Donatello actually gets out first and helps April the Mikey jumps out and says "let's go for it". But in the storyboard Mikey pulls Donny back down and goes up ahead of him first.

Corrected entry: When April's phone is hanging through the ceiling during the fire, the actual phone is off the hook when it starts ringing.

Correction: Like another correction stated before, that is an answering machine, not a phone.

Corrected entry: When fighting on the rooftop, a ninja throws Raphael's weapons over the side. After Raph wakes up on the farm, he has them back. There was no time to look for them between the fight and escaping in the van.

Correction: Casey was watching the whole fight from an adjacent rooftop, which is why he showed up in the first place, to help Raphael. Perhaps he collected them from the street and placed them in his bag, to give to Raphael when he found him.


In the original screenplay and a cut scene Donny's actually making and sharpening some sais for Raph in the barn. Perhaps he made a new pair.

Corrected entry: When the fire in April's apartment starts, her phone is hanging through the ceiling when it starts ringing - the phone is one cord short. It could be the phone line (which would explain the voice message stopping when the line snapped), but that would mean the phone had no power. If it was the power cord, where is the phone receiving the call from?

Correction: That is an answering machine, not a phone. It was the cord from the phone to the machine we saw and the machine was most likely running on a battery back-up, common for the early 90's.

Corrected entry: In the scene where April thanks Raphael on TV, the other turtles begin to tease him by saying he is blushing. When Raphael replies he is not, it sounds an awful lot like the voice of Leonardo.

T Poston

Correction: Though it kind of sounds like Leo, it really is just that the actor that does Ralph's voice changed the tone of his voice to show the irritation Ralph was feeling... like when a kid is teased that they like someone, they get mad and their voice becomes whinny and high pitched.

Corrected entry: It seems pretty odd that four mutant turtles and a mutant rat could come by a staff, a pair of sashes, a pair and nunchucks, and a pair of katanas. Breaking into a place is unlikely because of Splinter's beliefs and they surely couldn't waltz into a store and purchase without some confrontation.

Correction: Splinter (pre-mutation) was the pet of a ninja master. It's likely he would have those weapons (as for how he got them into the country from Japan, I have no idea; perhaps HE waltzed into the store and bought them).

In the original comics, the foot are established in New York. Perhaps when the young TmNT obtained discarded weapons from the foots headquarters or, in the cartoon they get a lot if stuff from the junkyard. Could've been from there or Donny made them.

Corrected entry: When the Turtles are fighting the ninjas in Aprils apartment and the floor caves in. When the shot shows the basement as the floor falls through, you can see a person at the bottom right of the screen throw up their hands in front of their face. Im guessing that this may be the demolition guy that makes the floor fall.

Correction: You can tell it is a member of the foot clan because of his suit and the one glove.

Corrected entry: When the turtles are fighting the Foot in April's flat, it is daylight. However when they have to evacuate because of the fire, it is pitch black.

Correction: It is not incorrect for it to be night. By the time Ralph was on the roof top it was later in the day, by the time April came home from work it was a little later, then April shows the Turtles around her dad's old shop this takes up some time (and not a little time) as well, then there is the fight between the Turtles and the Foot. So by the time everything is over it would make sense for it to be night.

I don't see how this is possible. Take as reference the moment when the Foot clan ninjas drop en masse on the weakened floor causing its collapse. That's the darkest the sky through the window view is, and it's still definitely day. They fight downstairs for two and a half minutes of the movie, double it if you want to assume the time is 'compressed', surely they can't keep going on fighting in close quarters and with a fire soon erupting for longer than that. They break the fight off as the police arrives (law enforcement in this movie has insanely fast response times when it's convenient) and it's pitch black outside. It can't get dark THAT insanely fast.

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Revealing mistake: When three of the turtles are playing trivial pursuit and the fourth runs in to announce Splinter is alive, you can see a wire coming out of Raphael's shell. I guess it's for the animatronic head but it's clearly visible. (00:59:30)

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Trivia: Ernie Reyes Jr., who played Keno in the second movie, was the martial arts double for Donatello.

T Poston

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