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Mortal Kombat -- To save Earth three warriors must overcome insurmountable odds, their own inner demons and superhuman foes in this movie based on one of the most popular video games of all time.


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Writers (WGA):
Ed Boon (video games) &
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Release Date:
18 August 1995 (USA) See more »
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Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lambert ... Lord Rayden

Robin Shou ... Liu Kang

Linden Ashby ... Johnny Cage

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Shang Tsung

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Sonya Blade (as Bridgette Wilson)

Talisa Soto ... Kitana

Trevor Goddard ... Kano

Chris Casamassa ... Scorpion

François Petit ... Sub-Zero

Keith Cooke ... Reptile (as Keith H. Cooke)
Hakim Alston ... Fighting Monk
Kenneth Edwards ... Art Lean

John Fujioka ... Chief Priest
Daniel Haggard ... Assistant Director

Sandy Helberg ... Director
Steven Ho ... Chan

Peter Jason ... Master Boyd
Lloyd Kino ... Grandfather
Gregory McKinney ... Jax
Mikal Moore ... Singer at Techno Club
Brice Stephens ... Singer at Techno Club

Frank Welker ... Shao Kahn / Reptile (voice)
Ed Boon ... Scorpion (voice)

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Goro (voice) (as Kevin Richardson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Anastasio ... (uncredited)
Richard Branden ... Outworld Warrior (uncredited)
Jaime H. Campos ... Temple Monk (uncredited)
Deanna Hodges ... Street Walker (uncredited)

Leo Lee ... Kano Gunmen (uncredited)

Alex Morissen ... Techno Club Teenage Rebel (uncredited)

T.J. Storm ... Guest Fighter (uncredited)

Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Goro (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul W.S. Anderson  (as Paul Anderson)
Writing credits
Ed Boon (video games) &
John Tobias (video games)

Kevin Droney (written by)

Produced by
Lauri Apelian .... associate producer
Robert Engelman .... executive producer (as Bob Engelman)
Lawrence Kasanoff .... producer
Alison Savitch .... associate producer
Danny Simon .... executive producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
John R. Leonetti 
Film Editing by
Martin Hunter 
Casting by
Fern Champion 
Kate Kennedy 
Mark Paladini 
Production Design by
Jonathan A. Carlson 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Cassells  (as Jeremy A. Cassells)
Set Decoration by
Susan Degas 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
Raqueli Dahan .... makeup artist
Thomas Floutz .... sculptor
Eileen Kastner-Delago .... makeup artist
Moni Mansano .... makeup artist
Michael Pachal .... hair stylist (as Michael Ross)
Katherine Rees .... hair stylist: Thailand
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robert Engelman .... unit production manager
Joe Fineman .... executive in charge of post-production
Steven Kaminsky .... post-production supervisor
Kevin Reidy .... production manager: Thailand
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Apichart Chusakul .... first assistant director (as Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul)
Michael Greenwood .... second second assistant director
Jarounari Memak .... assistant director
Robin R. Oliver .... assistant director
Thomas Schellenberg .... assistant director
Jesse E. Johnson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Capetanos .... set dresser
Bryn Court .... sculptor
Tammy DeRuiter .... painter
Rome Duval .... propmaker
Dan Engle .... lead sculptor
Doug Hart .... sculptor
Darryl Henley .... storyboard artist
W.D. Hogan .... storyboard artist (as David Hogan)
Brian Jewell .... set designer
Jonathan Josell .... construction accountant
D.W. Kann .... second property master (as David Kann)
Christian Klump .... scenic artist
Fireball Tim Lawrence .... storyboard artist (as Tim Lawrence)
Spanky Lofland .... carpenter
Dave T. MacDonald .... welding foreman
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Galia Nitzan .... set designer
Merry-Beth Noble .... set dresser
Michael Parent .... on set painter
Rodney Petreikis .... set dresser
David W. Roden .... lead prop builder
Chris Santini .... construction foreman
Keith Short .... head sculptor
Gregory T. Smith .... art department coordinator
Eric Upshur .... props
Michael D. Welch .... construction coordinator: additional action sequences
Andrew Wert .... assistant property master
Brannon Wright .... storyboard artist
Frederick Agnew .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Renato Raposo .... carpenter (uncredited)
Wil Rees .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ricardo Broadus .... sound effects editor
Harry Cohen .... sound effects editor
Zachary DiPego .... sound cable wrangler
William Dotson .... supervising sound editor
David Farmer .... sound designer
Marc Fishman .... supervising sound editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator: second unit
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Jason King .... adr editor
Gerry Lentz .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Menichini .... sound editor
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Steve Nelson .... sound mixer
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Ann Scibelli .... sound editor
Michael Simpson .... sound re-recording assistant
Cathie Speakman .... supervising adr editor
Liz Sroka .... adr recordist
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Brandon Walker .... adr recordist
Harry Woolway .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Joanne Bloomfield .... fabricator
Evan Brainard .... puppeteer: ADI
Evan Brainard .... special effects makeup
Duncan Capp .... special effects
Joe Colwell .... foam supervisor
Michael Dawson .... special effects administrator
Michel Gagné .... special effects animator
Patrick M. Gerrety .... creature effects crew
Alec Gillis .... special effects: Goro
David Hoehn .... creature effects artist: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Ian Hubbard .... creature effects crew
Scott Kodrik .... special effects technician
Karl Larsen .... technical assistant: RGA/LA
Chris Nelson .... special effects technician
Carolyn Oros .... special effects technician
Alison Savitch .... special effects supervisor
Andy Schoneberg .... art department supervisor: Amalgamated Dynamics
Kirk Skodis .... special effects
Brandon Trost .... special effects assistant
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Patricia Villalobos .... special effects crew
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special effects: Goro
Josselin Mahot .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Robert Miller .... fabricator (uncredited)
John Shea .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Isa Alsup .... computer graphics supervisor
William L. Arance .... digital effects artist
Tricia Henry Ashford .... visual effects producer
Elissa Bello .... visual effects artist
Jim Berney .... technical director: Metrolight
Craig Clark .... digital animator
Bill Coffin .... digital compositor
Charles Colladay .... visual effects artist
Carole Cowley .... digital painter
Denise Davis .... visual effects production supervisor: BVVE
Vince De Quattro .... technical director
Stevan Del George .... CGI animator: Kleiser-Walczak
Valerie Delahaye .... digital artist
Patrick Denver .... model maker
David Emerson .... optical lineup
Rosa Farre .... visual effects artist
John Follmer .... special effects supervising producer: main title sequence
Mark Franco .... visual effects executive producer: The Post Group
Allen Gonzales .... digital artist
Sam Greenmun .... effects props designer
Scott Harper .... digital artist
Jongwoo Heo .... visual effects
Ralph Horan .... executive producer: visual effects
Cynthia Hyland .... effects compositor
Brian Jennings .... visual effects supervisor: Todd-AO
Arthur Jeppe .... digital artist: RGA/LA
David Jones .... CG supervisor: Buena Vista
Bill Kent .... visual effects supervisor: main titles, MetroLight Studios
Laurel Klick .... digital supervisor
Malina Koani .... production assistant
J.W. Kompare .... visual effects editor
James W. Kristoff .... executive in charge of production: MetroLight Studios
Lee Lanier .... digital artist
Paul Lasaine .... matte painting supervisor
Kim Lavery .... visual effects coordinator
Annie Mahlik .... editorial assistant
Seth Maury .... digital compositor
Daniel Miller .... digital compositor
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Peter Montgomery .... visual effects supervisor
Steve R. Moore .... visual effects editor
Craig A. Mumma .... digital effects producer: Robert Greenberg & Associates
Winston Quitasol .... digital compositor
Rebecca Ramsey .... visual effects producer: RGA/LA
Linda Renaud .... I/O manager
Stuart Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: RGA/LA
Greg Rostami .... digital artist
Wally Schaab .... special projects supervisor
Jennifer Lee Scheer .... digital effects coordinator (as Jennifer Lee Scheer)
Dobbie Schiff .... visual effects executive producer: MetroLight Studios
Craig Seitz .... digital effects compositor: Todd-AO
Samrod Shenassa .... digital camera
Lewis Siegel .... technical director (as Lewis N. Siegel)
Suzanne Smith .... visual effects
Smokey Stover .... model maker forman: Grant McCune Design
Joseph Thomas .... matchmove photography
Vincent E. Toto .... visual effects director of photography
Tara Handy Turner .... executive in charge of production
John T. Van Vliet .... visual effects supervisor (as John Van Vliet)
Kendrick Wallace .... visual effects producer: RGA/LA
Christopher Walsh .... character animator
Kelly Walsh .... visual effects intern
Tamara Watts Kent .... digital effects producer
Eric Withee .... digital film technician: RGA/LA
Paul Beahm .... stunt player
Barbara Bernhardt .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Barbara Goldstone)
Barbara Bernhardt .... stunt player
Steve Boyles .... stunt player
Kurt Bryant .... stunt player
Mark Caso .... stunt player
Gary Clayton .... stunt player
Fumio Demura .... stunt player
Thomas Dewier .... stunt player (as Thomas DeWier)
Gus Duran .... stunt double
Mark Gannon .... stunt player
Donnie Hair .... stunt player
Brad Halstead .... stunt player
Earnest Hart Jr. .... stunt player
Dana Hee .... stunt player
James Louis Hopkins .... stunt player
Steven Ito .... Cary Tagawa: stunt double
Pat E. Johnson .... fight coordinator
Pat E. Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Dennis Keiffer .... stunt player
John Koyama .... stunt player
Leo Lee .... stunt player
Sidney S. Liufau .... stunt player (as Sidney Liufau)
Danny Lopez .... stunt player
Brad Martin .... stunt player
Carl Milinac .... stunt player
Rodney Mitchell .... stunt player
William Morts .... stunt player
Gerald Okamura .... stunt player
Saong Park .... stunt player
David Rowden .... stunt player (as David Rowden)
Robin Shou .... fight choreographer: additional fight sequences
Mike Sims .... stunt player
Christian Torchia .... stunt player
Mark Caso .... stunt double: Sub-Zero (uncredited)
Mitchell Gaylord .... acrobatics stunt double: Scorpion (uncredited)
Al Goto .... stunts (uncredited)
Donnie Hair .... stunt ninja (uncredited)
Robert Hammond .... stunts (uncredited)
Earnest Hart Jr. .... stunt ninja (uncredited)
Dana Hee .... stunt double: Kitana (uncredited)
Master Ho Sik Pak .... stunt ninja (uncredited)
James Louis Hopkins .... stunt warrior (uncredited)
Jeff Imada .... fire stunt double: Scorpion (uncredited)
Leo Lee .... stunt gunman (uncredited)
Sidney S. Liufau .... stunt warrior (uncredited)
Danny Lopez .... stunt ninja (uncredited)
Brad Martin .... stunt double: Linden Ashby (uncredited)
Andre McCoy .... stunts (uncredited)
William Morts .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Gerald Okamura .... stunt warrior (uncredited)
J.J. Perry .... stunt double: Linden Ashby (uncredited)
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Chris Torres .... martial arts demonstration (uncredited)
Takis Triggelis .... stunts (uncredited)
Dominiquie Vandenberg .... stunt ninja (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Aaron .... still photographer
Hugo Cortina .... camera operator: "b" camera
Hugo Cortina .... gaffer
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator
Allen D. Easton .... director of photography: second unit
Christopher Faloona .... director of photography: second unit
Renée George .... electrician (as Renee Kayon)
Bill Greenberg .... rigging electrician
Bruce Alan Greene .... Steadicam operator
Rick Grover .... grip
Michael Guthrie .... grip
Jimmy Harritos .... rigging electrician
Evan A. Nesbitt .... first assistant camera: VistaVision camera
Greg Patterson .... set lighting
Mark Santoni .... second assistant camera
Peter Schmitt .... first assistant b camera
Stephen J. Ullman .... assistant camera
Mark R. Leins .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Chow Emrich .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Cravedi .... set costumer
Lisa A. Doyle .... set costumer
Christopher J. Kristoff .... assistant costume designer
David Le Vey .... costume illustrator
Whitaker Malem .... special costumes
Editorial Department
Peter Amundson .... additional editor
Logan Breit .... assistant editor
Scott Conrad .... additional editor: action sequences
Harrison Gibbs .... assistant editor
Heather Hughes .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Steve R. Moore .... editor: visual effects
J.R. Benson .... colorist (uncredited)
J.R. Benson .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Buckethead .... composer: guitar score
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Joseph R. Thygesen .... assistant music editor
Walter Werzowa .... composer: additional music, end fight scene
John Whynot .... score mixer
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Billy Kane .... driver
Carlos Williams .... driver
George Andrews .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Allisandro .... stand-in
Fahey Benton .... medic
Kevin Blank .... production assistant
Brandon Boyce .... stand-in (as Brandon Boryce)
Jim Brockett .... insect wrangler
Milton Canady .... stand-in
Dea Cantu .... script supervisor
Ken Cappozzi .... stand-in
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Muyhuot Ear .... stand-in
Patrick Ellis .... production assistant
Gerrit V. Folsom .... location manager
Steve Graham .... stand-in
Kevin Halloran .... location scout
Kim Hillman .... shipping coordinator
Eric Hsu .... martial arts production assistant: additional action sequences
Pat E. Johnson .... fight choreographer
Fireball Tim Lawrence .... fight choreographer (as Tim Lawrence)
Marylou Lim .... production assistant
Danny Lopez .... assistant fight choreographer
Lance Mancuso .... key medic
Sarah Pierse .... stand-in (as Sarah Pierce)
Mercy Santos .... stand-in
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Robin Shou .... fight choreographer: additional action sequences, additional crew
Jules Stewart .... script supervisor: flight sequences (as Jules Mann-Stewart)
J. Marc Strachan .... location manager
Anthony Tian .... stand-in
E.J. Wessel .... stand-in
Marsha Zvonkin .... production accountant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Eric Chen .... martial arts consultant (uncredited)
Jeffrey J. Kiehlbauch .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike McIntosh .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for non-stop martial arts action and some violence
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) (1999) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Japan:R-15 | Japan:PG-12 (uncut version) | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 (1995) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-12 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13

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Gary Daniels was considered for the role of Johnny Cage.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Johnny, Liu, and Sonya are talking to Rayden on the deck of the boat, the night sky and stars in the background are clearly black drapes with lights. The folds in the cloth can be clearly seen.See more »
Liu Kang:You can look into my soul, but you don't own it.See more »
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Awesome adaptation!, 4 June 2012
Author: MoffatLP from Canada

The only way I can review this is the pros, cons, similarities, and differences between the game and the movie.


1. The characters from the game series make appearances. Some of these include Kano, Sonya, Rayden, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Shang Tsung, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, and Goro.

2. Scorpion has his iconic "Get over here!" accompanied by the blades that stick out from his hands.

3. Each character for the most part have relatively similar backgrounds when it comes to the movie and the game.

4. MK theme was present in a few fight scenes. The kick-ass theme song that sticks in your head was used in the opening credits and the closing ones.

5. Three words: Johnny Cage's nutshots.


1. Little to no, and I mean NO, fatalities are present in the movie. There is a lot of MK-like action throughout but the one thing that truly made the games awesome is completely left out. To fill you in if you haven't played the games, fatalities are pretty much an attempt (and success) at you being able to brutally murder your opponent in as gruesome style as possible.

2. No blood. I understand that New Line is trying to make the movie more appealing to wide varieties of audiences, but Mortal Kombat without blood isn't Mortal Kombat. This is probably the reason why no fatalities are involved.


1. The movie has some damn good action scenes in it. They were simply entertaining to watch and each fight didn't drag out for a long excessive period of time.

2. The acting wasn't mediocre like I believed it would be. Like so many other game-to-movie crossovers the major appeal is to display the perception of how games "should" be made. I put 'should' in quotes because it fails most of the time, but Mortal Kombat managed to put all of that behind it and made a pretty good movie.

3. Paul W.S. Anderson. Again he has managed to do an awesome job with these video game adaptations. Although it was after, his best work I believe was with the Resident Evil movie seven years later. Personally, I think he's best when it comes to adapting, which is a rare cause when it comes to these types of movies. For example: Uwe Boll. Worst director of all time and he always managed to ruin some pretty good games (House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, Far Cry, Postal).


1. The CGI. Oh my lord was this film's CGI terrible. I mean it was just simply AWFUL. Goro looked like it was animated by a first grader. The visual scenery is great and all the money probably went towards making that aspect look real but they completely ignored this very one distracting aspect.

2. The costumes weren't bad, but they weren't as good as I would have expected. I like how Reptile was a ninja, but Rayden doesn't look anything like he does in the games. An argument can be made that he was in mortal form during the video games to compete in the tournament so that's why they look so differently, but I object to that because he looks just so ridiculous.

3. Like I stated before, no blood is present. It's understandable that the attempt was made to make it PG-13 and all but if this could be remade with more blood...a lot more blood, then it could be made better. That's not something I would usually say, but hey, it's Mortal Kombat, and Mortal Kombat is all about brutality.

Despite the cons and differences it doesn't make this movie any less enjoyable to watch. It's all around pretty good, could have been better, but I'm still fine by what I received.

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