Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III – The Turtles Are Back . . . in Time’

Bow-wow-abunga! The third installment of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a decided case of diminishing returns. On a story and craft level it borders on the unforgivably bad.

Bow-wow-abunga! The third installment of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a decided case of diminishing returns. On a story and craft level it borders on the unforgivably bad.

The new episode is a time travel yarn in which the four amphibian heroes and their pal, reporter April O’Neill (Paige Turco), switch places with five 17th century samurai warriors. This is all effected with questionable scientific aplomb and a device that resembles a vintage street lamp.

In feudal Japan, they become embroiled in a struggle between two dynasties: Lord Norinaga (Sab Shimono) seeks to quash the rebel faction led by Mitsu (Vivian Wu) by enlisting the aid of the English mercenary and gunrunner Walker (Stuart Wilson).

Writer-director Stuart Gillard inappropriately paces the action at tortoise speed. Virtually every department fires wide. Performances range from competent to just plain embarrassing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - The Turtles Are Back . . . in Time

Production

Golden Harvest. Director Stuart Gillard; Producer Thomas Gray, Kim Dawson, David Chan; Screenplay Stuart Gillard; Camera David Gurfinkel; Editor William Gordean, James Symons; Music John Du Prez; Art Director Roy Forge Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Elias Koteas Paige Turco Stuart Wilson Vivian Wu Sab Shimono Henry Hayashi
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