With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.

Director:

John McTiernan

Writers:

Zak Penn (story), Adam Leff (story) | 2 more credits »
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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 huge 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 newest Jack Slater movie, Danny is transported into Slater's world, his number one hero where the good guys always win. It's a dream come true for Danny, but things take a turn for the worse when one of Slater's enemies, Benedict the hit man, gets ahold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world. Slater and Danny must join forces and travel back and stop him at all costs before it'll be the end of Jack Slater. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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He's mean . . . And he'll blast through your screen! [DVD cover] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

These are the following guns in the movie. Slater: Desert Eagle .50 caliber Action Express; Benedict: Custom Dan Wesson Revolver .357 Magnum; Danny: SIG-Sauer P230; Vivaldi: Walther PPK custom engraved; Criminals: MP5K-PDW, M3A1 Grease Gun, and Intratec TEC-9 sub-machine guns; Slater/Hamlet: Switches from MAC-11 to MP5K; Van: Short Barreled Minigun. Whitney: Colt Python .357 Magnum; S.W.A.T. member: Colt Commando. See more »

Goofs

When Slater's convertible is maneuvered onto two wheels a roll cage with painted red foam appears in the car for that stunt shot. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The ITV premiere was heavily cut (presumably to fit a two hour schedule); from entire scenes including the burglar at Danny's house and subsequent police station scene to minor cuts to violence such as Arnold kicking a SWAT member in the testicles. See more »


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Swim
Written by John Bigham
Produced by Terry Date and Fishbone
Performed by Fishbone
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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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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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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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| SDDS (8 channels) (35 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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