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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 movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.

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John McTiernan

Writers:

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 ... Dekker
Tom Noonan ... Ripper
Robert Prosky ... Nick
Anthony Quinn ... Vivaldi
Mercedes Ruehl ... Mom
Austin O'Brien ... Danny
Ian McKellen ... Death (as Sir Ian McKellan)
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Tough Asian Man
Joan Plowright ... Teacher
Keith Barish Keith Barish ... Keith Barish
Jim Belushi ... James Belushi
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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 movie, 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$50,016,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$137,298,489
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Sound Mix:

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger considered this movie his first real failure after an unbroken string of successes. He also considered it the beginning of the end of his movie career. See more »

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When Benedict's dogs stand on each other, the scaffolding they are actually standing on is visible. Especially above the bottom dogs. See more »

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Dekker: 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 »

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The UK channel 5 version of the movie omits 10 minutes worth of footage to remove profane language violence and scenes that are unsuitable for kids. See more »

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Two Steps Behind
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Produced by Pete Woodroffe, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell
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Underrated post-modern take on action movies
29 June 2002 | by Sentinel-15See all my reviews

Highly underrated Arnie movie.

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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