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(1995)

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Brandon Lee was originally cast as Johnny Cage, but died before production began.
The film's soundtrack went platinum in less than two weeks.
Originally the character of Kano was Japanese-American. However, Ed Boon and John Tobias were so impressed with how Trevor Goddard portrayed him that they retconned Kano's history in future games to make him Australian, which they thought was Goddard's nationality. They later learned that, although Goddard gave Kano an Australian accent, Goddard himself was actually born in England but had claimed to be of Australian descent.
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.
Johnny Cage is the only good guy in the film to have a "Flawless Victory" in the Mortal Kombat tournament when he battles Goro.
Ed Boon, co-creator of the original video game "Mortal Kombat," starred as the voice of Scorpion.
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.
Jean-Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny Cage to do Street Fighter (1994).
The original screenplay for the film was more faithful to the game in that it had graphic violence and strong language making it a R rated script.
Cameron Diaz was originally set to play Sonya Blade, but she broke her wrist before filming and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
In real life, Christopher Lambert is an enthusiastic gamer himself.
When the chameleon creature takes over the body of an Outworld statue and rises as a green ninja, you can hear, very quietly, a voice say "Reptile". This is the voice of Shao Kahn, and was sampled directly from Mortal Kombat II (1993).
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras performed all her own stunts (refusing to use a double), up to and including the fight scenes.
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.
It enjoyed a 3 week run at the top of the US box office.
The locations in Thailand were so remote they were only accessible by boat. Cast, crew and equipment had to be transported by long canoes. An outhouse was built in a secluded area near the set so that the crew didn't have to make constant trips to and from the mainland.
Frank Welker was uncredited as the voices of both Goro and Shao Kahn (The Emperor).
Liu Kang doesn't perform any of his "special moves", until he has traveled to outworld. It is there in which he performs both his gravity-defying bicycle kick and later his fireball to Reptile and Shang Tsung respectively.
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.
Christopher Lambert also voiced Raiden in the French dubbed version of the film.
Scripted but not filmed was a scene where Shang Tsung allowed the "Kombatants" a night to bury Art Lean and mourn his loss. They buried him the Garden of Statues, underneath the statue of Kung Lao; this is the only place where Kung Lao appears in any of the movies. Also scripted but not filmed was a battle between Sonya Blade (who wins, naturally) and Jade, another of Shang Tsung's bodyguards.
On-set injuries were surprisingly minimal despite the amount of action involved. The worst injury was when Linden Ashby mildly bruised his kidney in one of his fight scenes.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was the filmmakers' first and only choice for the role of Shang Tsung. He came to the audition in a costume, and read his lines while standing on a chair. Shang Tsung was depicted as relatively younger in the film in order to avoid the excessive makeup that would have been required to duplicate his aged appearance in the game.
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The premise of the film is greatly influenced by Enter the Dragon (1973). Note the three fighters, the transition by way of old style boat to an island, the final battle with the old man.
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 (1995).
Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp were both considered for the role of Johnny Cage.
Although uncredited, most of Johnny Cage's fighting was done by stuntman J.J. Perry.
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The character of Art Lean (Kenneth Edwards) doesn't appear in the games. He was created exclusively for the film.
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For this film, Linden Ashby trained in Karate and Tae Kwon Do.
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The Outworld exterior scenes were filmed at the abandoned Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana, California. The site is now home to the Auto Club Speedway.
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François Petit was the highest ranking martial artist on the set.
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A music video was created for the KMFDM single "Juke Joint Jezebel" and featured clips of fight scenes from the movie, but it was pulled by MTV due to complaints about its violent content.
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Frank Welker was uncredited as the voice of the creature Reptile and w of the Emperor, Shao Kahn. The voice Welker gave Shao Kahn is almost identical to Welker's Dr. Claw voice on Inspector Gadget (1983).
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The then-doomed role of Sonya Blade was plagued again as another Miss Teen USA model would try out for this demanding role. The first known and historic record of Sonya Blade - Variety, dated July 29, 1994, but made official August 12, 1994, the 1988 Miss Teen USA Kathleen McClellan was cited as Sonya Blade. Kasanoff would later confirm this in an interview that was published in Midway's underground Mortal Kombat Kombat Klub newsletter, the Pit II in 1994. Kathleen, however, was also injured on-set and ultimately lost the role to Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
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Among those who auditioned for the role of Liu Kang were Jason Scott Lee, Russell Wong, Dustin Nguyen, Keith Cooke and Phillip Rhee.
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The stunt ninjas were planned to be Tarkatan warriors like Baraka. This idea was canceled and they became ninja warriors.
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Sharon Stone and Dina Meyer were originally considered for the role of Sonya Blade.
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All of Goro's scenes were filmed in Los Angeles.
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The sets used for the film were later digitized for use in the next made-for-video animation release.
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Gregory McKinney replaced Steve James as Jax who died a year before production on the film began.
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Director Paul W.S. Anderson nicknamed Bridgette Wilson-Sampras "RoboBabe".
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In a co-ordinated release schedule, the film of Mortal Kombat was released in August, a digital TV special came out at the end of the month, a tour arrived at Radio City Music Hall in September, a CD-ROM came out in October and Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) also came out that month.
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Bridgette Wilson-Sampras was nicknamed "RoboBabe" by director Paul W.S. Anderson
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Gary Daniels was considered for the role of Johnny Cage.
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The film was originally due for a May 1995 release, but was pushed to August.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
Although the events in the film are primarily based in the events of Mortal Kombat (1992), it features some notable elements that were incorporated in Mortal Kombat II (1993): Jax and Kitana were introduced in the second game, where Reptile's reptilian nature was also first demonstrated; he was only seen in human form in the first Mortal Kombat game. After defeating Scorpion, Johnny Cage drops an autographed picture of himself near Scorpion's remains after their battle, which references his autograph Friendship move. Liu Kang uses his Bicycle Kick in his match against Reptile. The Shadow Priests, seen before the final battle, were first seen in Mortal Kombat II (1993) as part of one of the backgrounds. Sonya Blade is held captive and chained in Shang Tsung's tower, similar to how she was chained to pillars in Shao Kahn's arena stage in Mortal Kombat II (1993). Subzero's Ice Grenade, which he uses in the demonstration ("And now for a taste of things to come") is a Fatality in the second game, and a special move is referenced when he freezes the water that Liu Kang spills on the floor. When Johnny Cage kills Scorpion, he uses a shield with serrated edges to slice through his skin (to a PG-13 degree), which is a reference to Kung Lao's blade-rimmed hat and his associated Fatalities.

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