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

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£3,634,344 (UK) (17 September 1993)
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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 film. The star's decision came down to either the now-titled "Last Action Hero" or a Penny Marshall-directed Columbia comedy called "Sweet Tooth", with LAH winning out. The script was later rewritten by Shane Black and David Arnott to rev up the action sequences, and William Goldman did a $1 million polish when Arnold made it clear he would not begin filming until Goldman added depth for the film's characters. See more »

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When we first see Benedict and he fires blindly at the target next to Frank, as the camera zooms in towards him you can see that his revolver has a threaded line holding it up steady for the perfect bullseye shot. See more »

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Great movie! Those who hate it just don't understand the joke.
31 January 2003 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

Okay folks, this movie is what's called a spoof, send-up, parody, satire, or all of the above. If you were expecting a serious action movie, well DUHHHH!! No wonder you hated it!

I happen to think that it is real clever that Arnold was willing to spoof the genre that he had been trapped in for most of his life. So few actors are willing to do that, even in a bit of fun. Acting is a job, but it's supposed to be fun as well. Not every movie we see is meant to win an oscar. They are just entertainment. Take it for what it's intended.

This movie is on my top five of my favorite Arnold films, because of it's boldness, and the fact that Arnold can be really funny when he wants to be. It's on my top twenty favorite comedy movies, and it's also in my DVD collection. Don't worry Arnold. Your true fans love this movie.


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Watched it yesterday after 16 years (I am 26 now). 10/10 8paul
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