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Super Mario Bros. (1993)

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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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A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. Feature film adaptation of the popular video game.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Mario Mario
John Leguizamo ... Luigi Mario
Dennis Hopper ... King Koopa
Samantha Mathis ... Daisy
Fisher Stevens ... Iggy
Richard Edson ... Spike
Fiona Shaw ... Lena
Dana Kaminski Dana Kaminski ... Daniella
Mojo Nixon Mojo Nixon ... Toad
Gianni Russo ... Scapelli
Francesca P. Roberts ... Bertha
Lance Henriksen ... The King
Sylvia Harman Sylvia Harman ... Old Lady
Desiree Marie Velez ... Angelica
Andrea Powell ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super Mario Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,532,623, 31 May 1993

Gross USA:

$20,915,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,915,465
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Japan) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The disintegration effect for the inter-dimensional merge was inspired by the Transporter from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). See more »

Goofs

When the Mario Brothers are in jail, the position of Toad's arms change between different shots from his wrists to his shoulders. See more »

Quotes

[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

During the first portion of the opening credits, the theme music from the "Super Mario Bros." video game can be heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cut has different amount of both songs that appear in the end credits. The first song starts when the actual credits begin. Also "Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution, Inc." is missing in the very end and "Hollywood Pictures Presents" in the beginning (Distributed by Entertainment Films Distributors in UK) See more »


Soundtracks

I WANT YOU
Performed by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
(Introducing Trez)
Written by Donnie Wahlberg and Amir Shakir (as Spice)
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch appear courtesy Interscope Records, Inc.
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Too harsh, by far
7 April 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

Yes, this no classic, but it's not that bad. And yes it bears no resemblance to the video games that inspired it except for the jumpsuits that look like the heroes overalls, but it's not bad.

Mario & Luigi (Bob Hoskins & John Leguizamo) are the two down on their luck brother plumbers who get involved with a college student named Daisy (Samantha Mathis) who turns out to be a princess from an alternate dimension. Once transported there themselves, they must fight the evil King Koopa (Dennis Hopper) and save their world from being merged with Koopa's and the human race from being turned into monkeys.

It may be hard to believe that John Leguizamo is Bob Hoskins brother, but the two have good chemistry and John has a convincing Brooklyn accent (although Tom Selleck would have been a more convincing Luigi in some respects). Bob reprises his gruff detective persona from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" to great effect. Samantha Mathis is cute as the princess and manages to feel less shallow than most heroines in these situations. Dennis Hopper hams it up as the film's villain. Lots of gags and good natured humor, and a beautiful song from Roxette, "Almost Unreal". Worth a rental.


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