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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III | 1993 | PG | - 1.5.2

The Turtles go back in time to medieval Japan, where they help rebels against a local warlord and a European gun-runner.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - One big kiss (no turtles are involved).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Despite its kid appeal, this installment has a complex plot and is filmed in a dark and ominous tone. Some violent scenes are rather realistic; there's no blood or gore, however, one person is killed by plummeting into a raging sea, while the turtles make light of it; the camera follows his fall. There are lots of battle scenes with slashing swords, spears and guns. But the turtles defend themselves with their martial arts skills, so we don't see anyone actually getting sliced. One turtle goes into a burning building in order to save a youngster. There's a threat of torture, but nothing happens. We do see the inside of a dungeon though, complete with prisoners in cages and shackled to the walls.


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LANGUAGE 2 - No profanity, just some name calling and harsh language.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Superstition, torture, father against son, death.

MESSAGE - The explicit message is delivered by one turtle who admonishes a young boy "to play and not to fight, unless absolutely necessary." The implicit message, however, is that combat resolves problems more easily than play.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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