Last Action Hero

June 18th, 1993


Last Action Hero

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Still of Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McTiernan and Austin O'Brien in Last Action Hero

A young movie fan gets thrown into the movie world of his favourite action film character.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.0/10 (57,239 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: John McTiernan

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Austin O'Brien

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.

Writers: Zak Penn, Adam Leff

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Jack Slater / Himself
F. Murray Abraham - John Practice
Austin O'Brien - Danny Madigan
Art Carney - Frank
Charles Dance - Benedict
Frank McRae - Lieutenant Dekker
Tom Noonan - Ripper / Himself
Robert Prosky - Nick
Anthony Quinn - Tony Vivaldi
Mercedes Ruehl - Irene Madigan
Ian McKellen - Death
Professor Toru Tanaka - Tough Asian Man
Joan Plowright - Teacher
Jason Kelly - Lieutenant Governor
Noah Emmerich - Rookie

Taglines: Did Someone Say Action? [Theatrical]

Release Date: 18 June 1993

Filming Locations: 1100 block of Angelina Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,338,241 (USA) (20 June 1993) (2500 Screens)

Gross: $137,298,489 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Charles Dance said in interviews that, after being told that he had won a part turned down by Alan Rickman because of the salary, he wore a t-shirt on set which read; "I'm Cheaper Than Alan Rickman!".

Revealing mistakes: When Jack falls from the broken elevator, the crane is moved right below him so he can grab on to Leo the Fart. However, you can clearly see that Leo is not attached to the crane, but when the shot changes, Jack grabs on to Leo the Fart's legs.

[first lines]
Dekker: This is one hell of a way to spend Christmas...

User Review

Great movie! Those who hate it just don't understand the joke.

Rating: 10/10

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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