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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Slater
... John Practice
... Frank
... Benedict
... Lieutenant Dekker
... Ripper / Tommy Noonan
... Nick
... Tony Vivaldi
... Irene Madigan
... Danny Madigan
... Death
... Tough Asian Man
... Teacher
Keith Barish ... Keith Barish
... 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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The big ticket of '93. See more »


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

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18 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extremely Violent  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film to use the 1993 Columbia Pictures logo. See more »

Goofs

Danny Madigan states that after the prefix 555, there are only 9999 possible phone numbers, since only four digits are available. This is incorrect: there are 10000 possible phone numbers. He forgets that the combination 0000 is also available. 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 Clash of the Titans (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

What the Hell Have I
Written by Jerry Cantrell
Produced and Performed by Alice in Chains
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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A little confused, but very fun and totally under-rated.
2 June 2004 | by 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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