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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O'Brien, F Murray Abraham, Anthony Quinn, Frank McRae ... see more see more... , Art Carney , Tom Noonan , Charles Dance , Robert Prosky , Mercedes Ruehl , Ian McKellen , Prof. Toru Tanaka , Joan Plowright , Noah Emmerich , Tina Turner , Bridgette Wilson , Robert Patrick , Sharon Stone , Adam Ant , Morgan Brittany , James Cameron , Christopher Connelly , Tony Curtis , Timothy Dalton , Tony Danza , Edward Furlong , Janet Hirshenson , Jane Jenkins , Tori Spelling , Billy Lucas , Ryan Todd , Michael Chieffo , Mike Muscat , John Finnegan , Angie Everhart , Sven Ole Thorsen , Anthony Peck , Anna Navarro , Nick Dimitri , Rick Ducommun , Colleen Camp , John McTiernan Sr. , Danny DeVito , Michael Vincente Gazzo

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... read more read more...-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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: September 16, 1997

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  • August 2, 2011
    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 ... read morefigure 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.
  • May 19, 2011
    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.
  • May 16, 2010
    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... read more 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.
  • fb733768972
    February 15, 2010
    I thought it was extremely funny throughout, but the plot is extremely weak. However, the comedy overcomes the story by a mile.
  • November 17, 2009
    "Dracula huh? I can get King Kong! We'll have a nightmare with Freddy Krueger, have a surprize party for Adolf Hitler, Hannibal Lecter can do the catering, and then we'll have christening for Rosemary's Baby!"

    Ridiculously cheezy, no brainer movie. A few ... read morewitty lines and a whole lot of corny ensembles. Come on, its a kiddie Shwarzenegger movie! What more can you expect?

    Recommendation: Just wait for it to be shown on TV, dont rent it and dont even try to buy it.

    Arnold looks soo much like Duke Nukem in this, lol!
  • September 30, 2009
    Upon a second review, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that I really liked it. Classic Cheesy Arnold, and every attempt is made to make fun of how awesome his movies are. Enough one-liners for everybody! "I am Arnold Brownschwigger!"
  • September 29, 2009
    One of the worst films ever made but you knew that already! (Charles Dance as the bad guy is always a bit of a giveaway!)
  • August 2, 2009
    good for kids, not good for anything else.
  • April 4, 2009
    "Did Someone Say Action?"

    A young movie fan gets thrown into the movie world of his favourite action film character.


    This film has been described as a turkey by many a film critic, but then t... read morehere aren't many Arnie films which aren't largely panned. However, if you watch the film with an open mind you may discover a hidden gem. The first time I saw this film I couldn't stop laughing. From the outset it was clear that this film was a parody of all those classic over-the-top Arnie movies rolled into one. One-liners, mad action, improbable stunts, a decent child actor, a good supporting cast (including a host of cameos), and plenty of humour. As Jack Slater (Arnie) walks into his apartment he immediately pulls out his gun and shoots his closet, opens the door and a man falls dead to the floor. Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) asks Jack how he knew there would be a man in there. Without thought Jack says "There's always a man in there". If this is to your taste, watch the film, if not, too bad.
  • April 2, 2009
    "I'm the hero so shut up" That single line with Arnold"s awful delivery was priceless, Overall the movie was really fun well at least in its first half

Critic Reviews

Roger Ebert
January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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

James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The pulse-pounding, sizzling pull of a Die Hard is absent. Full Review

Desson Thomson
January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

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

Hal Hinson
January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson, Washington Post

Feels like a farewell, of sorts, to Arnold. Full Review

Felix Vasquez Jr.
March 21, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

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

Nick Rogers
May 30, 2013
Nick Rogers,

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 ... Full Review

Heather Boerner
December 18, 2010
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence. Full Review

David Nusair
March 9, 2010
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven... Full Review

Peter Canavese
January 24, 2010
Peter Canavese, Groucho 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

Brian Orndorf
January 11, 2010
Brian Orndorf,

It makes more than its share of missteps, yet the core of this action lampoon delivers a decent portion of laughs and mischief, giving Schwarzenegger and McTiernan an occasion to make fun of themselve... Full Review

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