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Last Action Hero (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 June 1993 (USA)
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With the help of a magic ticket, a young film fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action film character.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ripper / Tommy Noonan
Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Keith Barish ...
Keith Barish
Karen Duffy


Young Danny Madigan is a big fan of Jack Slater, a larger-than-life action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a magic ticket to the new Jack Slater film, Danny is transported into Slater's world, where the good guys always win. One of Slater's enemies, Benedict the hitman, gets hold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world, where he realises that if he can kill Schwarzenegger, Slater will be no more. Slater and Danny must travel back and stop him. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong action sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extremely Violent  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)


£3,634,344 (UK) (17 September 1993)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (8 channels) (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the boss gangster, Tony Vivaldi, is a spoof of the famous classical composer Antonio Vivaldi. Jokes about classical music are a recurring theme in this movie. See more »


While in the real world (New York) Jack Slater plays a game of chicken with a taxi. When his car starts going down the alley you can clearly see a cable running across the floor attached to Jack Slater's car. See more »


[first lines]
Dekker: This is one hell of a way to spend Christmas...
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credits in this film are the ones for "Jack Slater IV". See more »


Referenced in Holliston: Weekend of Horrors: Part 1 (2012) See more »


Last Action Hero
Written by Frank Hannon, Jeff Keith, Tommy Skeoch, and Brian Wheat
Produced and Performed by Tesla
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23 May 2004 | by (NI) – See all my reviews

Another underrated movie, and one which few people understand, or try to. This is a spoof of action movies, primarily those starring Arnie and Stallone, ones which director McTiernen has made a living from. That said, the action, stunts, effects are good, the cast, especially Arnie, ham it up as much as possible, and the plot is pretty clever. Tons of in-jokes make this an entertaining film, and I'll admit that's all it is. But that's all it is trying to be. Don't whine to me about artistic merit, character development, internal meditations on life and all that crap-I have those movies on my list too. It's an action movie, where the bad guys are supposed to die, cars are meant to explode when scratched, the good guy is untouchable, and it knows it. 8 out of 10

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Watched it yesterday after 16 years (I am 26 now). 10/10 8paul
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