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Mortal Kombat [1995] (1 disc)

Director:Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer:Kevin Droney
Composer:George S. Clinton
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:36%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

Reaction: Ridiculous.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Paul W.S. Anderson => Director
Kevin Droney => Writer
George S. Clinton => Composer
Bridgette Wilson => Sonya Blade
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa => Shang Tsung
Chris Casamassa => Scorpion
Christopher Lambert => Lord Rayden
Ed Boon => Scorpion (voice)
François Petit => Sub-Zero
Frank Welker => Reptile (voice) / Goro / Shao Kahn
Gregory McKinney => Jax Briggs
John Fujioka => Chief Priest
Keith Cooke => Reptile (as Keith H. Cooke)
Kenneth Edwards => Art Lean
Linden Ashby => Johnny Cage
Peter Jason => Master Boyd
Robin Shou => Liu Kang
Steven Ho => Chan Kang
Talisa Soto => Princess Kitana
Tom Woodruff Jr. => Goro (uncredited)
Trevor Goddard => Kano

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The premise of the film is greatly influenced by Enter the Dragon. Note the three fighters, the transition by way of old style boat to an island, the final battle with the old man.
  • Cameron Diaz was originally set to play Sonya Blade, but she broke her wrist before filming and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson who director Paul W.S. Anderson nicknamed "RoboBabe".
  • Among those who auditioned for the role of Liu Kang were [?] Jason Scott Lee, Russell Wong, and [?] Phillip Rhee.
  • When Johnny Cage defeats Scorpion, he throws at his corpse an autographed photo of himself. In the [Mortal Kombat] games, this is Cage's "Friendship" finishing move.
  • Chris Casamassa was hired to work as a stunt ninja. At the audition the producers were so impressed that he got the part of Scorpion.
  • [?] Brandon Lee was originally cast as Johnny Cage, but died before production began. Jean-Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny Cage to do Street Fighter. Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp were both considered for the role of Johnny Cage.
  • Christopher Lambert, an enthusiastic gamer himself, also voiced Raiden in the French dubbed version of the film.
  • This opened at the top of the US box office with $23 million, nearly 8 times more than the week's other new release, The Baby-Sitters Club. It enjoyed a 3 week run at the top of the US box office. The film's soundtrack went platinum in less than two weeks.
  • Steven Spielberg, an avid fan of video games, in particular the [Mortal Kombat] series, was set to make a cameo appearance as the director in Johnny Cage's first scene. However scheduling conflicts forced him to back out. Nonetheless, the "director" character in this scene does resemble Spielberg, which is most likely a reference to this.
  • Frank Welker was uncredited as the voice of the creature Reptile and of the Emperor, Shao Kahn. The voice Welker gave Shao Kahn is almost identical to Welker's Dr. Claw voice on [Inspector Gadget].
  • The film was originally supposed to end just after Rayden tells Liu Kang and company: "I've gotta tell you something, you guys did great." But a new ending was re-shot and incorporated into the final film, which is when The Emperor (Shao Kahn) suddenly appears and says, "You weak, pathetic fools, I've come for your souls!" To which Rayden replies, "I don't think so." And he and the others prepare for battle.
  • Robin Shou originally turned down the opportunity to audition for the movie, assuming that he'd be cast as a stereotypical Asian villain. He reconsidered at the advice of his agent.
  • Ed Boon, co-creator of the original video game "Mortal Kombat," starred as the voice of Scorpion.