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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Ed Boon (video games) &
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Release Date:
18 August 1995 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Choose Your Destiny... See more »
Plot:
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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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)

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

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

Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Goro (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul W.S. Anderson  (as Paul Anderson)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ed Boon (video games) &
John Tobias (video games)

Kevin Droney (written by)

Produced by
Lauri Apelian .... producer
Robert Engelman .... executive producer
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
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
Doug Hart .... sculptor
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: 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)
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
Leah Sachs .... digital effects coordinator (as Jennifer Lee Scheer)
Wally Schaab .... special projects supervisor
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
 
Stunts
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)
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 .... stunt player
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
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
 
Transportation Department
George Andrews .... unit driver
Billy Kane .... driver
Carlos Williams .... driver
 
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
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for non-stop martial arts action and some violence
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)
Certification:
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 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-12 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sub-Zero and Liu Kang are fighting on the higher platform, they switch places. Sub-Zero walks to the right and Liu does a spin kick; the kick is dodged but there is still the sound of an impact.See more »
Quotes:
[Johnny Cage sees a shadow of Goro loom upon a stone wall]
Johnny Cage:(whispering) Sonya, you go on ahead... find out WHAT that was... Liu and I will stay here!
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Soundtrack:
Twist The Knife (Slowly)See more »

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79 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Street Fighter Correction, 22 September 2003
Author: jaywolfenstien from USA

Following up the spectacular disaster of competing fighting game turned movie, Mortal Kombat succeeded where Street Fighter failed. Not a fantastic movie nor one that goes in my top ten, but Mortal Kombat (without a doubt) is one of the better game-based-films.

MK wisely avoids inventing plot in unwelcomed places and sticks to the game as frequently as it can get away with. Actually the biggest contradiction that comes to mind is Scorpion and Sub-zero on the same team. Die hard fans will call the screenwriter on this, the rest of us won't care.

All the mistakes Street Fighter made, MK avoided. Instead of colorful campy cameo-fest, Mortal Kombat comes across as a dark tale about a handful of martial artists shot with an exaggerated epic style with humorous undertones to provide comic relief every now and again. Then again, it is ironic that Street Fighter would feel cartoony and Mortal Kombat more concrete when looking at the style of the games (drawn sprites versus live actors). MK is a little silly when reproducing game effects and trademark moves, though now more and more films are moving in that direction (Matrix, anyone?)

The movie's premise is the first Mortal Kombat arcade game featuring a few plot hints (journey to Outworld) and a few characters from Mortal Kombat 2 (Kitana, Jax, a youthful Shang Tsung.)

Christopher Lambert and Cary-Hiroyuki Takawa make the most memorable impact as Thunder God Rayden and Shape-shifting Sorcerer Shang Tsung. Both ham up their performances just enough to remind us that we're watching a live-action video game, but they don't go overboard into Street Fighter's territory. The rest of the cast plays their part straight forward and makes their characters believable.

It's a quick and slick film, gets to the action and gets over with before you can ask too many questions. It's a pretty decent martial arts film, and an outstanding ‘video game' film. And in 1995, it was the best game-inspired film you could find. Today it's still in the top five.

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