Last Action Hero (1993)



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Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as a pumped-up Shakespearian hero while an announcer bellows, "Something is rotten in Denmark -- and +Hamlet is taking out the trash!" This gag sets the stage for the post-modernist action epic The Last Action Hero. The film concerns Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien), a lonely eleven-year-old boy who escapes from his bleak New York City reality by glorying in the action adventure movies of his favorite film character, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Danny's friend … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Black, William Goldman, Zak Penn, David Arnott, Adam Leff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Danny Madigan

as John Practice

as Frank

as Benedict

as Dekker

as Tony Vivaldi

as Mrs. Madigan

as Teacher

as Lt. Governor

as The Mayor

as Andrew Slater

as Whitney/Meredith

as Tough Asian Man

as Himself

as Ratcliff

as Himself

as Herself

as Los Angeles Station ...

as Watch Commander

as Himself

as Himself

as Video Babe

as Himself [uncredited]

as Catherine Tramell

as Los Angeles Station ...

as Cop in Station

as Himself

as Mitchell

as SWAT Cop

as Doctor

as Ripper's Agent

as Candy Girl

as Cigar Stand Man

as Autograph Seeker

as Whiskers

as Cop at Ex-Wife's Hou...

as Jack Slater, Sergean...

as Ripper

as Whitney/Meredith
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Critic Reviews for Last Action Hero

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9)

The divergent puzzle pieces do not often fit together terribly well, in spite of their potential.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014

Really would work if it ever really let audiences in what it was trying to accomplish.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Driven less by mammoth ego and more by wild, unchecked id, "Last Action Hero" works as a riotous comedy and a rigorous case study of why we go to the movies. It's an inventive valentine made timeless by audacious shamelessness and shameless audacity.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven...

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Considered a dunderheaded big-budget flop in its day, Last Action Hero looks considerably better now in its creative self-parody. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | January 24, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Last Action Hero


I thought that this film could've been handled a little better than it could've with Schwarzenneggers standards, but its very entertaining. The main character does a good job as being a kid with a disfunctional life, a mom who's never hardly around, no dad and the closest father figure being a theater custodian played by Robert Prosky, and has been skipping school, and the idea of being sucked into a film, I thought was a very interesting concept, I know the concept has been done before, like with Bugs Bunny going into Elmer Fudd's dreams, or Timmy Turner getting into different books interacting with the characters (I Just realized this is in cartoons a lot,) but a kid getting sucked into an action movie is pretty interesting. And as a Schwarzennegger action comedy, it was done very well, also I like the film how it makes fun of all the different action movie cliches at the time, the puns, the explosions, the car chases, the slow-mo, the celebrity cameos, its just crazy, and the fact that a magical ticket can give you the power to travel into different films and out into the real world, its pretty cool, and when the villain gets a hold of the ticket, it becomes very interesting. Overall out of all the 90s action Schwarzennegger movies, its not the best, but as a comedy and an action movie its very well constructed and put together.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A somewhat cheesy kids movie, but it's very funny. I really liked Schwarzenegger in this movie, he's very cool. I enjoyed this movie, it's good.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I really don't understand why this movie gets so much flack, it's really a great idea and fun critique of Hollywood movies. Maybe it was too ahead of its time and maybe it still is, but I enjoyed it a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger was extremely brave and humble to joke about himself and the movies he tends to be in, just a testament to someone who appreciates all they have. All the cameos and film references are some great touches and I love the cheesy over the top sequences and dialogue. I think the overall message is good; while Hollywood isn't an accurate representation of the world, it's still an important part of our culture and a way for us to see life as we wish it was.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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