The Super Mario Bros. movie released in 1993 has enjoyed cult classic status for years, persisting through certain online portals through which new viewers can re-experience what was largely an amusing, cheesy film. The biggest collective in this fandom, Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive, has just shared a newly discovered deleted scene from the movie found on an old VHS tape.
The Super Mario Bros. movie is a live-action film that features Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, a pair of Brooklyn plumbers who find themselves on a mission to save Princess Daisy from Dennis Hopper’s character King Koopa and his Goombas. The movie is, to put it mildly, not very good, but as with other cult classics like Killer Klowns from Outer Space, that’s what makes it so enjoyable.
In the movie’s theatrical cut, we see Mario and Luigi show up for a job, only to discover that a pair of plumbers named Mike and Doug are already at the site. Their presence causes our two favorite Italian plumbers to leave, a simple change to the confrontation we see in the deleted scene.
This deleted scene was discovered on May 15 on a VHS tape featuring an extended rough cut of the movie. According to the Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive, the extended cut is around 15 minutes longer than the final movie, including both new and extended scenes. The collective has shared one of those new scenes in the video above.
In the scene, we see the Mario brothers engage in combative banter with the Scapelli plumbers, including one point where a plumber reaches for Mario’s belt, only to have his hand slapped away with the phrase, “Nobody touches my tools.” The video offers an explanation about why this scene was ultimately removed from the movie.