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Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero

John McTiernan (1993)

125min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An Arnold Schwarzenegger backlash had been on the cards for some time and when this extravaganza was released the knives were well and truly out. It was actually all a little unfair, because this is a smart, funny blockbuster that gave director John McTiernan the opportunity to send up not only Schwarzenegger's heroic image, but also the action genre itself. The story centres around a youngster (Austin O'Brien) who finds himself sucked into the celluloid world of his biggest hero, Jack Slater (Schwarzenegger), as he tracks the bad guys (Charles Dance and Anthony Quinn) in his new film. Things become complicated when the fictional characters take the chance to escape into the real world. Schwarzenegger has rarely been better and he is backed up by a never-ending stream of star names in cameo roles, including James Belushi, Sharon Stone, Joan Plowright, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chevy Chase, plus Terminator 2's James Cameron, Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong. And, although McTiernan has fun spoofing the conventions of the action genre, he still manages to slip in some spectacular set pieces.

Summary

A boy watching an action movie is transported into the film by a magic ticket and meets its hero figure, who refuses to believe he is a fictional character. Matters take a turn for the worse when the screen villain gets hold of the ticket and crosses over into the real world - where bad guys can win. Comedy adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O'Brien, Charles Dance, F Murray Abraham and Anthony Quinn.

Cast & Crew

Jack Slater Arnold Schwarzenegger
John Practice F Murray Abraham
Frank Art Carney
Benedict Charles Dance
Dekker Frank McRae
Ripper Tom Noonan
Nick Robert Prosky
Vivaldi Anthony Quinn
Mom Mercedes Ruehl
Danny Madigan Austin O'Brien
Death Ian McKellen
Director John McTiernan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Guidance: Edited for some of its violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Comedy Drama

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