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Last Action Hero (1993)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 18 June 1993 (USA)
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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Storyline

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

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18 June 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,338,241 (USA) (20 June 1993)

Gross:

$50,016,394 (USA)
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Trivia

The real City Coat of Arms for Los Angeles has the American federal shield (a white field with six red thin vertical stripes on the field - creating the illusion of seven white, and six red stripes, for a total of thirteen stripes, and thirteen white stars in the blue Chief) in the first quarter (upper left quadrant of the field); the California state flag (A five-point star in the upper right corner of the field, a grizzly bear, and a horizontal stripe in the base; all in red) in the second quarter (upper right quadrant of the field); the Mexican eagle atop a green cactus (from the Mexican flag) in the third quarter (lower left quadrant), and the parted arms of alliance for Castile and Leon (representing Spain) in the fourth quarter (lower right quadrant of the field). When Jack Slater pulls into the parking lot at Police Headquarters (actually a Sony Pictures office building), the Los Angeles Coat of Arms out front, has the American eagle (with a federal shield with four stars in the Chief in escutcheon) instead of the Mexican eagle in the third quarter, and a black rhinoceros (instead of the red Bear) in the California state flag in the second quarter. See more »

Goofs

After Benedict shoots Jack, he loads two bullets in the gun to shoot him again. Then, when Slater shoots his eye, one shot. But when Danny points at Death, the gun is full. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References Partners in Crime (1983) See more »

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Poison My Eyes
Written by Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, John Bush, and Frank Bello
Performed by Anthrax
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A little confused, but very fun and totally under-rated.
2 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LAST ACTION HERO went down in the books as a notorious, hopeless bomb, putting it in the same company as films like HUDSON HAWK, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, and GIGLI. And although it was a huge financial dissapointment back in 1993, this film stands head and shoulders above those other stinkers, and has certainly found an appreciative audience over time. Perhaps it wouldn't have earned such awful word-of-mouth had it not been advertised and released as a straightforward action film. No doubt 1993 audiences were expecting a TERMINATOR- or TRUE LIES-style adventure. Instead, LAST ACTION HERO is fairly misleading, and it shifts tones pretty dramatically, from a free-wheeling action adventure, to something much more dramatic, set in the "real world", and back and forth again. This can be quite jarring upon a first viewing, and certainly unappealing for anybody who doesn't enjoy Hollywood satire. Eleven years later, the American public is a little more film-industry-savvy (its seems like every Mom and Pop follows the salary rumors and box office races these days), and may appreciate the insider jokes a little more. If you prepare yourself for a cheeky spoof- and DONT expect TOTAL RECALL!- you'll definitely find LAST ACTION HERO better than you remember.


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