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Last Action Hero has most of the right ingredients for a big-budget action spoof, but its scattershot tone and uneven structure only add up to a confused, chaotic mess. Read critic reviews

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Following the death of his father, young Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) takes comfort in watching action movies featuring the indestructible Los Angeles cop Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). After being given a magic ticket by theater manager Nick (Robert Prosky), Danny is sucked into the screen and bonds with Slater. When evil fictional villain Benedict (Charles Dance) gets his hands on the ticket and enters the real world, Danny and Jack must follow and stop him.

Cast & Crew

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Jack Slater, Himself
Austin O'Brien
Danny Madigan
Frank McRae
Lt. Dekker
Tom Noonan
Ripper, Himself
Anthony Quinn
Tony Vivaldi
Mercedes Ruehl
Irene Madigan
Zak Penn
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Adam Leff
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Shane Black
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David Arnott
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Dean Semler
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Critic Reviews for Last Action Hero

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  • Mar 18, 2018
    Having just watched this for the first time in 2018, I wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger had intended for this to be a sort of retirement movie. It very much has that vibe, and would have worked spectacularly to that end in a fun, meta, kind of way. But for better (Maggie) or worse (Terminator 3) Arnie just keeps on sluggin' and that's the world we live in. So instead of that, I guess Last Action Hero is really just a deconstruction of the over the top action movies the 80s and early 90s did with such aplomb. Is it a scathing criticism of them, or a love letter to them? I don't know, but Last Action Hero works for me, and that's all I'm taking away from it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2015
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: A man of many talents. He's been named as Mr. Universe, the Governor of the State of California, but above all, a movie star. The Last Action hero is a celebration of not only movies, but of Arnold and his symbol as an action star. A young kid named Danny is given a magic movie ticket by a hermit movie theater projectionist. Danny adores the action movies he watches and is engrossed in them. The ticket, however, quite literally engrosses him inside the world of the action movie. While he's in the world of the narrative, he meets Jack Slater (played by Arnold). Danny confuses Jack by calling him Arnold Schwarzenegger, and from there on, the movie's writing is surprsingly thoughtful. Charles Dance is the villain in the world of the narrative, and he's his usual badass self. Between Arnold's signature one-liners and a cool concept, the movie is precisely that: cool, like the rest of Arnold's flicks.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2013
    Its not really a satire, nor is it a homage . . . Basically "Last Action Hero" is some kind of undefinable mash up of genres and gags that's a lot better than all of the oddly negative reviews say that it is. I can't think of many other movies that hilariously mock action genre tropes while successfully pulling them off at the same time.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2012
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Last Action Hero. John McTiernan directs this action movie satire in which a kid is magically transported into the newest Arnold Schwarzenegger action film. A lot of the satire works as it points out the ridiculousness of movie logic; where things explode with one gunshot and good guys never get seriously injured. Unfortunately, most of the acting is subpar and isn't able to pull off the satirical tone of the film. And, the film tries to work in a lesson about living in the real world that comes off as awkward and out of place. Last Action Hero is an interesting film that has a lot of fun moments, but ultimately it neither delivers a good action film nor a good satire.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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