Last Action Hero

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Released 1993

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Director:
John McTiernan
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG-13

Last Action Hero is a comedic action film directed by John McTiernan that pokes fun at all the well-loved clichés of films, especially action and cop dramas. Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) loves action movies to the point that he'd skip out on school to hang with Nick (Robert Prosky) who plays all of Danny's favorites at his old movie theater. His favorite hero is Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a reckless LAPD detective who refuses to follow the rules in order to get his man. When Danny's invited to watch the newest film of the series, Danny's ticket stub seemingly transports him into the movie world. With cartoon detectives, outrageous battle armors, and unreal reactions to situations, Danny starts to live out his beloved movies with his action hero, even saving him from the destructive plans of crime boss Tony Vivaldi (Anthony Quinn) and the bulls eyed Mr. Benedict (Charles Dance). Danny's unusual presence doesn't go unnoticed as Benedict tries to slip into the real world to do what no one's been able to do: kill Jack Slater.

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    For all of its sensational stunts and flashes of wit, however, Last Action Hero plays more like a bright idea than like a movie that was thought through. It doesn't evoke the myste...

  • 60

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Last Action Hero is something of a mess, but a frequently enjoyable one. It tries to be too many things to too many different kinds of audiences, the result being that it will prob...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Last Action Hero does have occasional moments of humor, but overall it is lacking in fun or magic. [18 Jun 1993, p.1]

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