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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.

Director:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Trivia

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 movie. Arnold's decision came down to either the now-titled "Last Action Hero" or a Penny Marshall-directed Columbia comedy called "Sweet Tooth". The script was later re-written by Shane Black and David Arnott to rev up the action sequences. William Goldman did a one million dollar polish when Arnold made it clear he would not begin filming until Goldman added depth to the characters. See more »

Goofs

The rear-view mirror has been removed from the Mercury Sable (the vehicle that Jack steals). 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 »

Connections

References The Running Man (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Steps Behind
Written by Joe Elliott
Produced by Pete Woodroffe, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell
Performed by Def Leppard
Courtesy of Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury Records
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Underrated and needs a reappreciation
13 December 2018 | by seanjensonSee all my reviews

This movie came when Arnie was at the height of his career and popularity. However Last Action Hero not only bombed at the box office it was a critical misery as well. However the film is being rediscovered and some have even asked for it to be reconsidered as if not a highly good satire, then at the very least a fun enjoyable charming film of the early 90s. Admittedly, this is not a good action film. Given its billing, director, and title, that's a surprise. On the other hand, Last Action Hero works as an unexpectedly witty comedy.


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