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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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John McTiernan

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Zak Penn (story), Adam Leff (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Jack Slater
F. Murray Abraham ... John Practice
Art Carney ... Frank
Charles Dance ... Benedict
Frank McRae ... Lieutenant Dekker
Tom Noonan ... Ripper / Tommy Noonan
Robert Prosky ... Nick
Anthony Quinn ... Tony Vivaldi
Mercedes Ruehl ... Irene Madigan
Austin O'Brien ... Danny Madigan
Ian McKellen ... Death
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Tough Asian Man
Joan Plowright ... Teacher
Keith Barish Keith Barish ... Keith Barish
Karen Duffy ... Karen Duffy
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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 realizes 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extremely Violent See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,338,241, 20 June 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,016,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$137,298,489
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| SDDS (8 channels) (35 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sharon Stone's casting in a brief cameo as her Basic Instinct (1992) character was somewhat surprising, because she and Arnold Schwarzenegger had clashed on the set of Total Recall (1990). She was reluctant to do the cameo, but did it as a favor to Schwarzenegger, who reminded her that Total Recall (1990) had helped her career. See more »

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Too intellegent for it's target audience
26 December 2002 | by choatelodgeSee all my reviews

After a string of predictable cookie cutter script action flicks that made money from Arnie's muscles and persona, one studio decided to take a chance and try a Hollywood self-mocking film starring the big guy. It had a story line that actually made one think and pay attention in order to appreciate the paradoxes arising from its premise.( A fun side effect is that its movie within a movie allowed for some more over-the-top stunts and tough guy scenes than even the simplest knuckle dragging mouth breathing 'action' film fans would normally sit for) Scenes with recognized characters drawn from recent popular films were played tongue in cheek and while the story proceeded on a couple of levels there were enough innuendos and amusing elements in the background to keep the viewer's appreciative attention. The result of this comparatively well polished gamble was the sort of reception reflected by the vote results in this IMDB poll. A surprizing number of viewers don't like it.

Maybe the studios waited too long to try a movie like this with Arnold. It is possible that the market segment that would appreciate a film like this had already dismissed Arnie as the Commando/Raw Deal lout and dismissed the film unseen, while the usual shoot'em punch'em fans found their brains hurting too much from trying to follow a real story.

One thing is sure, the studios are watching and you can bet they won't make that mistake again. Get ready for more movies that play to the lowest common denominator and are written so the dullest gonk in the movie house can still comprehend the plot. Red Sonja, Judge Dredd, The Running Man, here they come.


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