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Super Mario Brothers (1993)

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo bring the famous Nintendo video game to life – But can two Brooklyn plumbers save the world from going down the drain?

Italian American brothers Mario (Hoskins) and Luigi (Leguizamo) follow kidnapped palaeontology student Daisy (Samantha Mathis) into an alternative universe – “Dinohattan” – populated by humanoid dinosaurs.

Turns out that Daisy is the long-lost Princess of the other dimension and is descended from dinosaurs herself!

The ensuing film-long chase sees the evil Koopa (Dennis Hopper, who looks bored or embarrassed, or both) dispatch two brain-dead minions, Iggy (Fisher Stevens) and Spike (Richard Edson) to retrieve a magic meteorite fragment capable of uniting the dino kingdom with the human world.

The result is a loud, frantic and largely empty affair that is heavy on computer-generated special effects but light on wit – though Koopa’s pin-headed enforcers, the “Goombas” – imposing soldiers with goody shrunken heads (rocker Mojo Nixon among them) – have their amusing moments.

Mario Mario
Bob Hoskins
Luigi Mario
John Leguizamo
Koopa
Dennis Hopper
Princess Daisy
Samantha Mathis
Iggy
Fisher Stevens
Spike
Richard Edson
Lena
Fiona Shaw
Daniella
Dana Kaminski
Toad
Mojo Nixon
Anthony Scapelli
Gianni Russo
Big Bertha
Francesca P. Roberts
The King
Lance Henriksen
Angelica
Desiree Marie Velez
Narrator
Dan Castellaneta

Director
Annabel Jankel
Rocky Morton