Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Synopsis: Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.
Director(s): Jonathan Liebesman
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

You are extraordinary,

my sons.

Unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Bound for greatness.

Destined to protect

the people of New York.

A dark force is growing.

A criminal organization

known as the Foot Clan.

So named because they step over

the good people of this city

with no regard.

Their leader, The Shredder,

will come at you with ferocity.

His Foot Clan will outnumber you.

The people of New York

will look upon you

as their only hope.

Eyes focused.

Elbows locked.

Stance low.

And we begin.

Be one with the blades.

Lead their path.

I know you are eager

to answer their calls,

but your training is not yet complete.

The world below

must remain your home.

As your father, you must trust me.


You're not yet ready to go above ground.

But I believe when that day comes

and you rise to the streets,

you are going to be responsible

for amazing things.

Mr. Rivetti!

Mr. Rivetti. Mr. Rivetti, please.

You're the most persistent human

I've ever met in my life, I swear.

Look, I already

told the cops everything, all right?

But maybe there's a detail

you could've forgotten

to share with the police.


you don't forget something like that.

Ten guys storm in here, broad daylight,

force us to the ground at gunpoint.

And these are restricted chemicals.

Benzyl cyanide and some

deaminating agents, too.

You don't just buy this stuff,

even on the black market.

Wait, you said deaminating agents,

those are used in genetic research.

Is there anybody else

that's trafficking these

sort of chemicals besides you?

There's one other high-security facility

along this waterfront.

But they don't move

nearly as much cargo as we do.

O'Neil! We're live in 30 minutes!

Come on!

Uh... No, no, no, I'll be right back.

Please don't go anywhere.

I'll be right back.

Come on, you're killing me.

I'm working.

- That's a paying job?

- No.

Because we have an actual paying job.

Look, you don't think that

every crime reporter

in the city isn't trying to work

this Foot Clan story?

I know that, but there is

a new angle on this,

and I am this close to getting it.

I just need a couple of more...

Let's just stick to what we're good at.

Let's stick to what we're

good at. We're good at it.

In five, four...

Hi, guys, this is April O'Neil

from Channel 6 News

and I am here in beautiful New York City

on the first day of spring.

And you know what that means.

It is time to shed

that pesky winter weight.

And here with me today

is celebrity fitness trainer

Harley Pasternak.

- Hi, Harley.

- Good morning, April.

Twenty years I've studied

the animal kingdom.

There are fat pigs, there are fat cows.

There are no fat birds.

All right, I want you

to visualize a sexy seagull.

So we're going to squat down

and flap your wings.

Right over there. Full extension.

Picture you're leaving the cold north

and you're flying. You're migrating.

Four years of journalism school

so that I can do that.

Four years of my life, Vern.

It's embarrassing.

Look, O'Neil, I get it,

you want to be a serious journalist.

I see you sniffing around the newsroom

for the big stories.

But it's also okay

to just give people something

a little lighter. A little... Little froth.

- Froth?

- You know, how,

when you get a coffee,

it's just, like, coffee,

then they put a little froth on it.

It's kind of nice.

Vern, that's foam.

Yes, foam, froth, you get the point.

It's just... It's nice,

it tastes good, it's candy.

You ever heard the expression,

"Never take candy from a baby"?

It's because even babies love candy!

It's nice. And you're giving people

something they like that's good and nice.

They look at you and they see,

"Wow, there's a nice... There's...

"...candy." The point is, I think that

you should be rewarded,

not punishing yourself. Okay?

And I'm... I'm prepared to reward you.

I say that we go to my buddy's

old restaurant downtown.

It's very vibey...

We just ate on the way over here.

No, I know we just... I'm not saying

for a full meal,

we're just getting appeteasers.

I got to go finish that interview.

I'll see you at the office, Vern!

I will see you at the office!

I just wanted

to follow up, Mr. Rivetti.

Are you kidding me?

How did you get my number?

If I could just ask one more question.

Listen, I already told you everything

I know about this crime, everything.

Okay, you wanna know anything else,

you go back down to the docks

and you see my guy Stan.

He'll tell you anything else

you need to know, okay?

And hey, do me a favor.

Lose my number, all right?


It's clear.

Let's open it up.

Container's good.

Move on to the next one.

Move it out!

Get those to the trucks now!

Move out,

next point! Go, go, go.

- Channel 6.

- Chris.

Chris, it's April. I'm at the docks.

We're in the middle

of the evening brief, O'Neil.

Whatever you got can wait for tomorrow.

No, no, I need...

2-3-2, clear!

That one's loaded.

- Get it out of my way.

- Copy that.

Damn it.

Unit two, area three, move!

I've got movement!

Keep your eyes over here!

Weapons free!

Hold position!

Retreat! Retreat!

Get out of here!

Taylor. Taylor!

Hey. I'm Skyping with my mom.

You have no idea

what I just went through.

I am freaking out.

I saw a Foot Clan attack.

Are you okay?

I was riding my bike by the docks.

It was night, it's dark already

and there are

Foot Clan soldiers everywhere.

Then out of nowhere, there was this guy

fighting back against them.

And he... He left behind this symbol.

And I know that I've seen it before.

I can't remember where.

But there is someone fighting back

against the Foot Clan.

There is a vigilante in this city.

And no one knows, but I do.

I know. And now I have my story.

There is no more froth and foam for me.


Never mind.

All right, we need

a lead for tonight. Who's got it?

"Major redevelopments proposed

- "for lower Manhattan."

- No.

I got something.

"NYPD task force taking credit

"for small decline in Foot-related crime."

- I like that. Let's run with that.

- Yes, ma'am.

00 AM broadcast,

we have three minutes to air.

Oh, O'Neil. I'll talk to you in a minute.

I know that I'm actually overstepping

my boundaries by being here,

but I think that you're gonna

want to hear what I have to say.

I actually think that you're all gonna want

to hear what I have to say.

Um, I witnessed

an attempted Foot Clan robbery

at the docks in Brooklyn last night.

Hold on, the scanner said

that gunshots were heard,

but there were no reports

of any Foot Clan activity.

That's because whatever they were

attempting to do was stopped.

What were you doing

in Brooklyn anyway?

Was there a trampoline convention?

I was in Brooklyn

because I was reporting,

not sitting behind my desk, McNaughton.

Okay, kids!

Who stopped it?

Well, there was this guy.

I didn't see him clearly,

but he was swinging

these giant shipping containers

and knocking these guys

into the... Into the river.

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