A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power.
Mark L. Lester
Rae Dawn Chong,
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
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Main stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Art Carney, Anthony Quinn and Austin O'Brien all have Christian names that start with the same letter. In addition Schwarzenegger and O'Brien have the same number of letters in their Christian names, plus Quinn and O'Brien are Irish surnames. See more »
In the projection booth, when the film is out of focus, Nick goes to adjust it and we see the credits rolling, yet the reels on both projectors are empty and not moving. See more »
This is one hell of a way to spend Christmas.
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The only opening credits in this film are the ones for "Jack Slater IV". See more »
Is it a comedy? An action movie? A spoof of the entire action movie genre? Well, it might be all of them, and more.
This movie could be interpreted in several ways. In it, Arnold is spoofing himself (or his on-screen persona, anyway) and the genre of action movies in general.
What's more, it's a story within a story, making an audience member part of the story, giving the whole thing a post-modern twist. The movie is full of genre in-jokes and self-references, making fun of many of the clichés - while at the same time referring to other films, actors, and even other genres, making this sort of a celebration of the entire film business.
On the other hand - in case you don't care about all of this - as an action movie in itself, it's still very entertaining. If you like Schwarzenegger action movies, you'll like this one as well.
Don't let anyone tell you this is a "bad movie". See it for yourself, and make up your own mind.
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