Last Action Hero (1993)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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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 is an elderly movie projectionist, Nick (Robert Prosky), who lets Danny into the shabby Times Square movie theater where he works so Danny can see Slater's new movie. He hands Danny a magic ticket given to him years ago by Houdini, and when Nick rips the ticket and gives Danny the stub, Danny finds himself catapulted from the theater into the back seat of Slater's speeding sports car in "Jack Slater IV." Danny becomes Slater's helper as Jack battles a trio of nefarious bad guys --Benedict (Charles Dance), Vivaldi (Anthony Quinn) and The Ripper (Tom Noonan). But things get out of hand when Benedict steals Danny's magic ticket stub and transports himself into Danny's reality. Benedict and The Ripper proceed to wreak havoc along Broadway, forcing Slater to cross into reality to get the villains and, in the process, learn about blood and pain.
Rating: PG13
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: John McTiernan
Written By: Zak Penn , Adam Leff , David Arnott , Shane Black
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Austin O'Brien
as Danny Madigan
F. Murray Abraham
as John Practice
Art Carney
as Frank
Charles Dance
as Benedict
Tom Noonan
as Ripper
Frank McRae
as Lieutenant Dekker
Anthony Quinn
as Tony Vivaldi
Mercedes Ruehl
as Irene Madigan
Joan Plowright
as Teacher
Jason Kelly
as Lieutenant Governor
Tina Turner
as The Mayor
Ryan Todd
as Andrew Slater
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Tough Asian Man
Noah Emmerich
as Rookie
Keith Barish
as Himself
James Belushi
as Himself
Colleen Camp
as Ratcliff
Chevy Chase
as Himself
Apollo Dukakis
as Polonius
Chris Connelly
as Himself
Karen Duffy
as Herself
Larry Ferguson
as Himself
Leeza Gibbons
as Herself
Mike Muscat
as Cop in L.A. Station
John Finnegan
as Watch Commander
M.C. Hammer
as Himself
Little Richard
as Himself
Bobbie Brown-Lane
as Video Babe
Angie Everhart
as Video Babe #1
Maria Shriver
as Herself
Jeffrey Braer
as Skeezy
Sharon Stone
as Catherine Tramell
Anthony Peck
as Cop at Ex-Wife's House
Paul Gonzales
as Cop #2 in L.A. Station
Anna Navarro
as Cop in Station
Damon Wayans
as Himself
Dex Sanders
as Mitchell
Billy Lucas
as SWAT Cop
Nick Dimitri
as Funeral Doctor
Rick Ducommun
as Ripper's Agent
Wendle Josepher
as Candy Girl
Lee Reherman
as Krause
R.C. Bates
as Rabbi
John McTiernan Sr.
as Cigar Stand Man
Tiffany Puhy
as Autograph Seeker
Timothy Dalton
as Himself [uncredited]
Danny DeVito
as Whiskers
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Critic Reviews for Last Action Hero

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (9)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There is a lot of action in Last Action Hero, but the underlying story never ever quite works.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Even if this intermixing of kid fantasy and adult shoot'em-up, Hollywood insider jokes and cheap Arnold puns, doesn't completely bowl you over, it's clever and intriguing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Last Action Hero

½

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 Edwards
Michael Edwards

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
Aj V

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
Conner Rainwater

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