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Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Two Brooklyn plumbers, Mario and Luigi, must travel to another dimension to rescue a princess from the evil dictator King Koopa and stop him from taking over the world.
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Cast

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Daisy
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Dana Kaminski ...
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Brooklyn Girl
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Storyline

Can you make a movie out of a video game? That's the question that is answered by this film. Mario Mario and Luigi Mario, two hard working plumbers find themselves in an alternate universe where evolved dinosaurs live in medium hi-tech squalor. They find themselves the only hope to save the Earth from invasion. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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This Ain't No Game! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action, mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Super Mario Brothers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,915,465 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Mario saves the Brooklyn Babes (the other women who were captured by Spike and Iggy) and they escape via ice tunnel on a bed mattress with the goombas chasing after them was very hectic to shoot. The heads that the actors playing the goombas wore were so heavy that they kept falling off. While on the mattress with Mario and the Brooklyn Babes, someone thought they were going too slow, so the loosened one of the wires that was pulling them. The crew stopped for lunch and when they came back, nobody checked the rig. They shot the scene where they flew out of the tunnel only they were going way too fast and out of control. With the exception of Bob Hoskin's stunt double, the rest of them were the actresses. One of the girls nearly fell off the mattress and it would have been a 25 ft drop to solid concrete. They all stayed on the mattress, but it flipped over once they landed on the ground and they all smashed their heads. Aside from some bruises, they all turned out okay. See more »

Goofs

When the van breaks down at the beginning of the film, it has some lengths of piping strapped on the side and overhanging out a couple of feet at the back. Once the van has stopped, the copper piping is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: A long long time ago, the Earth was ruled by dinosaurs. They were big, so not a lot of people went around hassling 'em. Actually, no people went around hassling 'em cuz there weren't any people yet. Just the first tiny mammals. Basically, life was good. Then something happened: a giant meteorite struck the Earth. Goodbye dinosaurs! But what if the dinosaurs weren't all destroyed? What if the impact of that meteor created a parallel dimension where the dinosaurs continued to thrive ...
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, some Japanese business men ask Iggy and Spike about appearing in a video game based on the incidents in the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Super Hornio Bros. (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
Performed by Extreme
Written by Nuno Bettencourt
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Certainly better than its current reputation.
11 April 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is much hated practically everywhere and of course I can understand why. Basically everyone from the '70's , 80's and 90's generation grew up with playing Nintendo games and the Super Mario games in particular. However when one sees this movie, it becomes pretty obvious early on that this movie has almost nothing to do with the Super Mario video games. The atmosphere, settings and characters are totally different, which is probably the main and also only reason why this movie was and still is hated among so many all over the world.

However, when one has to look at this movie with a fair and unbiased view, one has to come to the conclusion that this movie is good decent entertainment. No, it's not a GREAT movie but it does serve its purpose and that is to provide the viewer with 104 minutes of mindless, simple entertainment.

Kids will most likely like this movie best. The story is wonderfully adventurous and it all is very childishly simple constructed. I mean, the story and setting all basically have very little to do with the games but when you just have to judge the story, it's a pretty good and well thought out one. If the main characters were, let's say, some average Manhattan plumbers named the William's brothers and the entire movie wasn't based on a series of video games, than perhaps the movie would had received a far better reception and would had entertained and reached a wider audience.

All of the characters are pretty entertaining and work out well in the movie. This is probably mainly due to the well known cast. Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo are the Mario brothers and they form a pretty good main duo. Dennis Hopper also is in his element as the ruthless, over-the-top, stereotyped villain King Koopa. He gives the movie a certain extra fun and flair. Other well known actors in the movie are Fiona Shaw, Gianni Russo (Carlo Rizzi from the first two The Godfather movies) and Lance Henriksen in a very small cameo role.

Unlike the games, the movie is a dark one. All of the sets are dark which was perhaps not the greatest atmospheric mood for the story and the entire movie in general. All of the sets are disappointing, small and unimaginative looking. Same goes for the costumes and most of the make-up effects. The movie however has some good and convincing looking early special effects. Remember folks, that it was 1993 when this movie was released.

The movie however is most of the time a bit too childishly told and the dialogs are below par and too simple.

The pace and editing is good but the movie severely lacks some action and real interesting moments. At moments it takes too long before something good or interesting happens again, which makes this movie perhaps a bit boring and uninteresting to watch at certain points.

All in all it's a not very successful- but still yet entertaining first attempt at making a movie based on a video game. Certainly better than some of those movies based on video games, released this present day!

6/10

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