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The Last Action Hero
The Last Action Hero
Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O'Brien, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     1997     2hr 10min


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Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O'Brien, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Thrillers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Parody & Spoof, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 10/07/1997
Original Release Date: 06/18/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 06/18/1993
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 2hr 10min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish, Georgian
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 12/30/2014...
Fun movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/18/2011...
The Last Action Hero is an odd little fantasy adventure film starring Arnold's not half bad. It's about a kid who hangs out at a movie theater because he doesn't have a dad and is lonely. He finds a magic ticket at the theater that allows him to enter into movies. And of course, he enters the film of one of his heroes, played by Arnold. After having a wacky adventure in his world, the kid takes Arnold to his own, which causes Arnold no end of trouble, since in his own world of the movies, he is invincible and never makes mistakes. In the real world, he can't depend on the writer to save him. Add to this one of his arch-enemies from the film world comes into the real world seeking to do crimes he can succeed at, and Arnie is having a bad day! The movie itself is entertaining, but on top of that, there are a lot of shout-outs to directors and films you wouldn't think would show up in an action flick. Such as Death from The Seventh Seal showing up. It's almost like a Looney Tunes skit...the kids will love the action and the adults can enjoy the in-jokes without worrying about corrupting their kids.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Valerie P. from ATLANTA, GA
Reviewed on 11/29/2007...
fun film with lots of winks and nods to Schwarzenegger's previous films and the genre in general. Suitable to be seen by kids 10 yrs and older
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Clever "inside" humor, but DVD has a BIG flaw
John S. Harris | Memphis, TN | 08/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I think I know why this film was so poorly received and tanked at the box office. It was TOO "inside". Much of this film is a series of jokes about the standard, conventional, formulaic, bombastic action film genre. But the humor was so tongue-in-cheek so often that it probably didn't bode well with the average action-junkie film fan. "Last Action Hero" made fun of itself as it unfolded, and one would need a certain sense of humor to fully appreciate it on its intended level. I dare say that most folks who went to this film just didn't "get it". Too bad for them.

The major flaw of the DVD is that the film is presented in the god-awful Pan and Scan format. Pan and Scan presentations of frenetically-shot widescreen films should be outlawed, it's just that simple. You almost get a headache watching this P&S version. The digital pan is so obtrusive and distracting that it can drive one to anger! It pulls you out of the film, to say the least. I like (but don't really love) this film, and the low price of the DVD makes the purchase a no-brainer. But it is too optically uncomfortable to watch in P&S.

Release it in widescreen and all will be okay."
Forget the critics!
Joe Comer | Robinson, IL United States | 01/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Forget what the critics said. This movie works beautifully on several different levels. As an action spoof it is hilarious, with many in-jokes, gags and cameos. As a fantasy it is ingenious with Austin O'Brien very appealing as a kid with a "magic ticket" that can transport him from the real world into the fake world of action films. And it works splendidly as a send up of Schwarzenegger's movie image giving him a big chance to do what he does best-poke fun at himself. It also works as one of the most original buddy movies ever. There is a lot going on here and it will take a few viewings to catch everything but that is what makes a good movie good. The action is wall-to-wall, no doubt, like many other action films, good or bad. The sequences are very well done but contrived, just like many of those previously mentioned films. But they are contrived for a reason-to spoof the genre. Because a lot of people who originally saw this didn't get it, it is, in this critic's humble opinion, one of the most misunderstood films of all time. That accounted for its bad reviews and low box office. But it is my belief that this was largely due to poor marketing. When Schwarzenegger (who served as executive producer) would appear on television to plug it, he made a fatal mistake. His description of this as a family movie was wrong. It is very violent, even though that too is done for a purpose. Imagine what a lot of parents thought when they took their kids to see this and within the first fifteen minutes or so, several people are killed or injured and there are gunshots and explosions galore. It is a mistake that to this day Arnold's career hasn't been able to completely recover from.Be that as it may, you must see this film for what it is and enjoy imagination and spoof at its finest. You will not be disappointed!"
A very underated Schwarzenegger film.
glv-jazz | PA | 05/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"John McTiernan's "Last Action Hero" is always looked at as one of the big flops in modern day cinema. The truth is the film is a lot better than a lot of people are willing to admit. In Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" a desperate women falls in love with a character in a film she watches who just happens to jump out of the screen. Well it is basically the same sort of formula only a kid gets in on the action of the latest Schwarzenegger film, "Jack Slater 4" yet befriends the character and not the actor who thinks all of it is real and not a film. True, it is not as bittersweet as Allen's movie but I don't find that to be a flaw. It is a very fun movie and it was very enjoyable the whole way through. Arnold Schwarzenegger does a great parody of himself as Slater who spits out one liners during violent conflicts. I even found Austin O' Brien to be a fairly decent child actor in this film and that is a rare suprise in this sort of a film. The film is also backed by a great score of hard rock music from AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Megadeath and more. John McTiernan and Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered heavy blows with this film. True, it was not either of their best work but I think the critics were way too cruel. Its should not be viewed as a failure but as an enjoyable action adventure that it is."