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Last Action Hero

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 1993
  • John McTiernan
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy action adventure starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, F Murray Abraham and Austin O'Brien. Fictional supercop Jack Slater gets some help from an unexpected quarter when a magic ticket transports 11-year-old fan Danny Madigan into his latest film. However, the pair soon run into trouble when the ticket falls into the hands of screen villain Benedict, who decides to try his hand at crime in the real world.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack SlaterArnold Schwarzenegger
John PracticeF Murray Abraham
Danny MadiganAustin O'Brien
FrankArt Carney
BenedictCharles Dance
DekkerFrank McRae
Ripper / Tom NoonanTom Noonan
NickRobert Prosky
Tony VivaldiAnthony Quinn
Irene MadiganMercedes Ruehl
DeathIan McKellen
TeacherJoan Plowright
HammerM C Hammer
Melvin Van PeeblesMelvin Van Peebles
Whitney / MeredithBridgette Wilson
RookieNoah Emmerich
The MayorTina Turner
Ripper's agentRick Ducommun
TorelliMichael V Gazzo
RatcliffColleen Camp
James BelushiJames Belushi
Chevy ChaseChevy Chase
T-1000Robert Patrick
Sharon StoneSharon Stone
Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme
Damon WayansDamon Wayans
WhiskersDanny De Vito

Crew

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DirectorJohn McTiernan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Pictures
Released on
1993-07-30
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for some of its violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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