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Directed by Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton

United States, United Kingdom 1993 104 mins. In English

Directed by the husband and wife team of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (co-creators of the 1980s sensation Max Headroom), this extremely loose adaptation of the beloved Nintendo video game franchise quickly spins out of the realm of normal and into gonzo surrealism, groping (sometimes desperately) to assemble a fantastical backstory into a contiguous plotline. The result is a strange, stylized adventure heavily steeped in 1990s apocalyptic/industrial imagery. Starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and Samantha Mathis, and narrated by Dan Castellaneta (AKA the voice of Homer Simpson!), Super Mario Bros. is a wild and singular ride, a marvel of aesthetic excess and questionable, but fascinating, choices.