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Mortal Kombat (1995)

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

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Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)

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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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Flawless Victory See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

The Threshold Network

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Combate Mortal 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie novelization, Sonya also has a fight scene with Jade that she wins before it officially begins after she fatally kicks Jade in the head after Jade returns her bow. Sonya was described in this scene as wearing "an Army-issue T-shirt" and "tightly-laced combat boots." This appears in the first draft of the script. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 6 mins) When Goro crushes Johnny Cage's sunglasses, there is a clear sound of glass breaking but when he throws them to the ground, the lenses are intact. 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 are small circles containing symbols shown throughout the credits. These are intended to be used in this order (as a so-called "Kombat Kode") to obtain some special effect in the video game Mortal Kombat 3 (1995). See more »

Alternate Versions

An HBO "first look" program showed an alternative death for Scorpion. Instead of exploding after the shield toss, he falls off a platform and onto a spike in an emulation of the classic pit death scene from the video game series. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Southland Tales (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Zero Signal
Written by Dino Cazares, Raymond Herrera, Burton C. Bell
Performed by Fear Factory
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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Fun and well done video game adaptation
1 December 2018 | by cgearheartSee all my reviews

Mortal Kombat (1995) may have lacked the gore and extremities that made the game so popular, but the visual effects are way cool (and fairly good for the time), the fight choreography is amazing, the sets are immersive, the soundtrack is badass (boasting names such as KMFDM and Sister Machine Gun), and the characters are truly likable (Ashby is a perfect choice for the egotistical and wisecracking Cage). The film suffers from cheesy acting and sometimes overly quippy one liners, but is still a total blast.


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