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Mortal Kombat (1995)

Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

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Storyline

Based on the popular video game of the same name "Mortal Kombat" tells the story of an ancient tournament where the best of the best of different Realms fight each other. The goal - ten wins to be able to legally invade the losing Realm. Outworld has so far collected nine wins against Earthrealm, so it's up to Lord Rayden and his fighters to stop Outworld from reaching the final victory... Written by CyberRax

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Rated PG-13 for non-stop martial arts action and some violence | See all certifications »

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18 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,283,887, 20 August 1995

Gross USA:

$70,454,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,195,920
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The film was originally due for a May 1995 release, but was pushed to August after test screenings pointed out that the target audience loved what they saw, but thought there weren't enough fights. Extensive reshoots were done to extend the Johnny Cage VS Scorpion fight as well as add in the fight between Liu Kang and "human" Reptile. In the original cut of the film, Johnny Cage was supposed to defeat Scorpion with the shadow kick in the forest as opposed to being sucked into a portal created by the latter. This is most evident in the novelization of the film, when the fight does indeed end with the aforementioned kick. Even early TV spots of the film show Cage making contact with Scorpion and no portal appearing. As for the Reptile scene, it originally ended with his reptilian form being sucked into the gargoyle body (as seen in the final cut), but not actually morphing into the green ninja. Basically this implied that the gargoyle had become his tomb, and no actual fight took place, also confirmed in the novelization. Ironically, these two fights are considered to be the best of the film, most likely because Robin Shou was the exclusive fight choreographer for the reshoots as opposed to the credited choreographer, Pat E. Johnson. For these fights, Shou used wirework martial arts techniques that he had employed as a stuntman in Hong Kong. Although these techniques became mainstream following the release of The Matrix (1999), Mortal Kombat was actually the first big Hollywood film to use them. See more »

Goofs

(at around 58 mins) When Goro defeats Art, Shang Tsung declares it a "flawless victory" which is from the video game the movie is based on. However even though losing quite badly Art did get in a few punches to Goro's torso then a flying kick to his chest which knocked him back. Clearly not a "flawless victory," which is when the loser doesn't get a single hit in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chan: No! Please!
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Crazy Credits

Play Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) at arcades everywhere. See more »

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Written by Christopher Hall, David Suycott, Stuart Zechman
Performed by Stabbing Westward
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"Mortal Kombat" in my opinion is just an awesome movie. I think because I was such a fan of the video games, the days when Sega was the "thang". LOL, way before Playstation there was Sega! But, I really just loved the characters and this story just always appealed to me. I think because also my friends and I enjoyed acting the movie and video game out. No, we didn't kill each other, we just loved the characters.

Yes, despite this being a typical video game movie, I still think it was cool to watch, still to this day I don't mind watching. It has an awesome soundtrack, excellent moves, and a great look and feel to the movie itself. Just let go and have fun with it, if you enjoyed the video games, I think you should enjoy "Mortal Kombat". It's just cool to watch and keeps you on the edge of your seat in excitement!

7/10


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