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Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shuki Levy
David Winning
Produced by Jonathan Tzachor
Written by Shuki Levy
Shell Danielson
Starring Jason David Frank
Johnny Yong Bosch
Steve Cardenas
Catherine Sutherland
Nakia Burrise
Blake Foster
Paul Schrier
Jason Narvy
Austin St. John
Amy Jo Johnson
Hilary Shepard Turner
Narrated by Robert L. Manahan
Music by Shuki Levy
Cinematography Ilan Rosenberg
Edited by Henry Richardson
B.J. Sears
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 28, 1997 (1997-03-28)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $9,615,840[1]

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a 1997 American superhero film directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy. It was produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd. like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox.[2]

This film was released on March 28, 1997. In its opening weekend, it played on 2,113 screens, and pulled in $3,301,135, finishing in seventh place domestically. It ultimately grossed $8,363,899 theatrically in the U.S. and $9,615,840 worldwide.[3]

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie serves as a bridge between the Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo television seasons, with the new cast and characters from the film becoming cast members of the television series. As with its television season, the film used concepts and costumes from the Japanese Super Sentai Series Gekisou Sentai Carranger. Sets and costumes created for original characters in the film were later used in the television series, with the film's climactic antagonist Maligore being reused for the evil Dark Specter in the subsequent Power Rangers in Space season.

It was filmed in Hawaii, California, Florida and Tennessee.


On a distant planet, a wizard named Lerigot is hunted by Divatox (Hilary Shepard Turner), an intergalactic pirate who seeks his golden key to traverse a dimensional barrier to join forces in matrimony with a demon named Maligore. Evading Divatox's Piranhatrons, Lerigot teleports to Earth to seek out his friend Alpha 5 and ask Zordon for help. He ends up landing in Africa and quickly becomes weakened by the planet's ultraviolet light. Seeking regular animals for help to find Alpha, he eventually travels with a pack of chimpanzees.

While practicing for a martial arts tournament to fund the Angel Grove Youth Shelter with Adam Park (Johnny Yong Bosch) and Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank), Rocky DeSantos (Steve Cardenas) makes a bad move, causing him to fall out of the ring and injure his back. Justin Stewart (Blake Foster), one of the children who attends the Youth Center, goes to visit Rocky in the hospital. He hides when Tommy, Adam, Katherine "Kat" Hillard (Catherine Sutherland) and Tanya Sloan (Nakia Burrise) come to visit, and witnesses Zordon summon them to the Power Chamber, revealing their identities to him by mistake. At the same time, Bulk and Skull (Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy, respectively) become lost and are suddenly captured by Divatox's mutant nephew Elgar, but are rejected as they lack spirits of purity and strength. She then spots two perfect specimens scuba diving off the coast near where her ship is and she captures them.

Using tracking devices, Tommy and Kat teleport to Africa to find Lerigot. Kat is nearly attacked by a python which Tommy wrestles to the ground, sending Kat over the edge of a large waterfall, which injures her leg. They find Lerigot, who heals Kat's leg and return to the Power Chamber. Shortly after, Divatox contacts Zordon and the Rangers using a telepathic transmission from Lerigot's wife Yara and their baby Batel. She threatens to harm them if Lerigot doesn't turn himself over, and as an added incentive, she offers her captured specimens; former Power Rangers Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John) and Kimberly Hart (Amy Jo Johnson). When they go to meet, Elgar tricks them and takes Lerigot, leaving dummies in place of Kim and Jason. As their Zeo powers aren't enough, the Rangers create new Turbo powers and powerful car-like Turbozords. Justin joins them at the last minute to take Rocky's place as the new Blue Ranger and they board the Ghost Galleon, a ship undetectable by Divatox's scanners. However she detects their presence on the ship and sends Putripods after them. They manage to subdue the creatures and join their Power Keys to traverse the dimensional barrier.

Meanwhile, Jason, Kim, Bulk, and Skull open the bilge they are being held in and everyone but Jason escapes. Kim is caught by the Malichians, the guardians of Maligore shortly after and becomes Divatox's prisoner again. Meanwhile, the Rangers morph and track Divatox to Maligore's temple. Despite their efforts, Kim and Jason are sacrificed to Maligore and made evil, forcing the Rangers to fight them and Divatox's minions. Lerigot and Yara are reunited, using their powers to free Kimberly and Jason, who help the Rangers; out of patience, Divatox sacrifices Elgar. Maligore awakens fully and Divatox sicks him on the Rangers. The Rangers form the Turbo Megazord and defeat Maligore, leaving Divatox to retreat, vowing her revenge on the Rangers. Jason, Kim, Lerigot, his family, Bulk, and Skull are picked up by the Rangers.

Later, Jason joins Tommy and Adam in Rocky's place and they win the competition, securing the Youth Center's funding. Later, back at the Power Chamber, the Rangers bid Lerigot and his family a fond farewell, the day having been saved once again.


Main Characters (Turbo Rangers)
Supporting Characters/Former Rangers


The movie features a cameo appearance by Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, where Rita is called by Divatox in hopes of advice to use against the Rangers. The characters would eventually come face to face with each other in Power Rangers in Space's premiere episode for the first and only time.



The film has been given mostly negative reviews with an 17% "Rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Kevin Thomas wrote a positive review in the The Los Angeles Times saying the filmmakers have brought much panache and sophistication to the making of this fantasy adventure extolling the good old-fashioned virtues of spirit and courage embodied by the Power Rangers and that "Turbo" is a solid follow-up.[2]

Home Media[edit]

The DVD (as well as 1995's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie) was re-released with different packaging in 2011.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1998 Young Artist Award[5] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Blake Foster Nominated


External links[edit]

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