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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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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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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Japan

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

Although Bob Hoskins said that this is the worst film he ever made, his son Jack Hoskins is a fan of this film, praising his dad's performance. He said that he was too young to understand the poor reviews and now that he's old enough, he doesn't care. He quoted on the film's fan website "SMBArchive.com": "If there's anyone reading this, please understand that it's no one's intention to ruin the classics. One last thing; if you remember your past enjoyments, then it would definitely keep your childhood memories alive and safely locked in your head forever." See more »

Goofs

When Mario and missing Brooklyn girl exit the frozen vent on mattress they fly through the air, after reaching the floor the slide for a few moments, a mattress would not slide with the weight on it, the would simply be thrown off. 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

In 2015, Discovery Family aired the film. Some scenes were edited/omitted because of time and content.
  • After Mario throws Luigi the water bottle, there's a wide shot of NYC that's been removed.
  • There's a commercial break, so the establishing NYC night shot before the Bella Napoli dinner scene is gone.
  • In the flooded construction site, Iggy and Spike's conversation after "What percent is that?" is cut out.
  • It cuts to Mario asking for Luigi's hand, cutting out the fun bit with him fixing the leak with multiple tools.
  • preparing some fried Tweeter on a bun.
  • After Big Bertha steals the rock, her Thwomp Stomper escape is missing the landing in the central walkway before stomping off again.
  • In the worst cut so far, Toad's entire monologue about parallel dimensions is gone.
  • Koopa: "Goomba." Toad's "Ahhh" response is gone.
  • Koopa: "Your de-evolution will be a living nightmare if you don't tell me where that meteorite piece is" is cut.
  • The prison escape sequences with cheering inmates is chopped down quite a bit.
  • Police Chase alteration--the shots on and around Luigi's: "Hey Mario, you're going the wrong way!" are gone.
  • Koopa: "Do you know what I love about mud?" lines are cut.
  • Iggy/Spike wanting to formulate their own strategy, "tete-a-tete, inner circle" lines are cut.
  • The wide shot of Dinohattan is gone, as well as the following Daisy/Yoshi scene.
  • Mario/Luigi using the Snifit masks to sneak past security is gone. It cuts straight to the Boom Boom Bar after the fight scene.
  • Mario "acquiring" the crystal from Bertha is trimmed down, likely to make it less risqué.
  • Mario and Luigi's "impossible" conversation in the Sludge Gulper is gone.
  • Koopa's scene with Daisy's father is cut short for a commercial, and it picks back up after it's over with Mario & Luigi.
  • Lena's "If not with you, then on my own" conversation with Koopa is cut, making her storyline pretty confusing afterwards.
  • The scene where Luigi begins to make the Goombas dance is cut in half.
  • The dancing Goombas being interrupted by their higher-ranking officer is trimmed down.
  • In another painful cut, Luigi's "Luigi Mario, you got a problem with that?" line has been removed.
  • Mario's "come and get it, ruffle-head" scene is cut so they can only show one shot of the Bob-Omb falling through the foundation.
  • After the merge back to Dinohattan, you won't see the Bob-Omb and the clown shoes guy.
  • The "Super Mario Bros." logo is missing from the end of the film.
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Soundtracks

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
Performed by Extreme
Written by Nuno Bettencourt
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

Less to do with SMB than pie has to do with solar-powered laser beams
20 January 2004 | by ColonySee all my reviews

The truth about this movie is that it really isn't all that bad, it's just that this movie has so little to do with Super Mario Bros. other than the characters' names, it really isn't even a Super Mario Bros. Movie. It's just a movie that has Super Mario Bros. in the title.

Take Toad, in this movie. In the game, he was a cute little mushroom dude, in the movie, he's some weird guy who plays the guitar on the street and sings songs. And Bowser is not a menacing turtle-creature in this movie, he's a dude with funky ridges on his head.

This movie has an interesting plot, but no one will notice because they're too busy trying to figure out where the SMB stuff is at. Where are the funny-looking mushroom guys? The turtles with wings? Is that Yoshi? Why doesn't Mario ride him while he's slurping up enemies? Where are the perilous lava pits and the green mushrooms that give you extra lives? And where the hell is Kuribo's Shoe?

The movie would have been better off if they had just done away with the SMB license and released it as an original movie. So, if you want, you can see it, but try to imagine that it's not a Super Mario Bros. movie.


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