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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The original screenplay was developed by Adam Leff and Zak Penn with Arnold Schwarzenegger in mind for the lead, and was titled "Extremely Violent". After Columbia purchased the script, the studio independently approached Arnold about the film. The star's decision came down to either the now-titled "Last Action Hero" or a Penny Marshall-directed Columbia comedy called "Sweet Tooth", with LAH winning out. The script was later rewritten by Shane Black and David Arnott to rev up the action sequences, and William Goldman did a $1 million polish when Arnold made it clear he would not begin filming until Goldman added depth for the film's characters. See more »
The rear-view mirror and the partition between the front and back seats have been removed from the Checker Cab. 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 »
What can I say? A lot of people looked at this as a cheap Arnold action movie, and while it's not a great film it's certainly a good one with a very good concept. The intentional continuity errors are funny and clever, the movie cliche's are great. So what if it's a little cheesy and Arnold is the only decent actor? Enjoy the conflict of reality and fiction, and see this movie because it's a fun and somewhat thoughtful flick.
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