Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)

Writers:

Ed Boon (video games), John Tobias (video games) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Lord Raiden
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 Hakim Alston ... Fighting Monk
Kenneth Edwards Kenneth Edwards ... Art Lean
John Fujioka ... Chief Priest
Daniel Haggard ... Assistant Director
Sandy Helberg ... Director
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Storyline

Based on the popular video game of the same name "Mortal Kombat" tells the story of an ancient tournament where the best of the best of different Realms fight each other. The goal - ten wins to be able to legally invade the losing Realm. Outworld has so far collected nine wins against Earthrealm, so it's up to Lord Rayden and his fighters to stop Outworld from reaching the final victory... Written by CyberRax

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for non-stop martial arts action and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Cameron Diaz was on board to play Sonia blade after the success of "The mask" which was also a new line cinema film, but broke her wrist while taking karate lesson to prepare for the role' See more »

Goofs

(at around 46 mins) During the fight scene in the woods between Johnny Cage and Scorpion, a white car is seen driving in the background on the left of the set. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chan: No! Please!
Shang Tsung: You're brother's soul is mine!
Chan: Liu!
Shang Tsung: You will be next.
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Crazy Credits

There is a statement in the closing credits: "Snake and insect action was monitored by the American Humane Association, which commends the filmmaker for his responsible and sensitive treatment of even the smallest of Earth's creatures." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Fox Broadcast version replaced the infamous "Those were $500.00 sunglasses asshole!" line with an alternative take of Johnny Cage saying "Man, are you ugly!". See more »

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Kazaam (2008) See more »

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Zero Signal
Written by Dino Cazares, Raymond Herrera, Burton C. Bell
Performed by Fear Factory
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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Best video game movie to date
5 September 2005 | by K-Mac017See all my reviews

And that really says a lot about how the not-so-current trend of games-to-movies are received among critics. But this one was easily the best of all of them. This is easily in a league higher than the likes of Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Wing Commander, the Tomb Raider movies, Resident Evils 1 and 2, House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark, not to mention that this was one of the few that actually stayed true to the game, from the costumes to the tourney fights, from the characters to the plot lines, everything was done right, and it makes for one hell of a fight-'em-to-the-finish type movie.

But heed my warning: AVOID THE SEQUEL AT ALL COST! Just stick with the original. You won't be disappointed (well, maybe you will, just maybe).


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Official Sites:

The Threshold Network

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mortal Kombat See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,283,887, 20 August 1995

Gross USA:

$70,454,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,195,920
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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