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Last Action Hero
Directed by John McTiernan
Produced by John McTiernan
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Written by Zak Penn
Adam Leff
Shane Black
David Arnott
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
F. Murray Abraham
Charles Dance
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Dean Semler
Editing by Richard A. Harris
John Wright
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 18, 1993
Running time 130 min
Language English
Budget $85,000,000
Gross revenue Worldwide $137,298,489[1]
IMDb profile

Last Action Hero is a 1993 action comedy directed by John McTiernan. The film is a satire of the action genre and its clichés. The film includes within it several parodies of action films, in the form of films within the film. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 415 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (523 × 755 pixel, file size: 114 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie poster for Last Action Hero This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or... John Campbell McTiernan, Jr. ... John Campbell McTiernan, Jr. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Zak Penn Zak Penn (born 1968) is a screenwriter and director who is known for writing and directing Incident at Loch Ness and co-writing the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. ... Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Fahrid Murray Abraham[1] (born October 24, 1939) is an American actor. ... Charles Dance OBE (born October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... Dean Semler is an Australian cinematographer. ... Richard A. Harris is a multi-award-winning film editor with a career spanning nearly forty years. ... John Wright is an ACE-certified film editor. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... John Campbell McTiernan, Jr. ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... For the gay mens lifestyle magazine, see Genre (magazine). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Below is a list of films (movies) that have been made up in other films, or in literature, television, or other media. ...


The film tells the story of Danny, a young boy who likes action movies, particularly those featuring action hero Jack Slater. It is established within the film that Slater is portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays himself as well as portraying Slater. Thanks to a "magic ticket", the lines between reality and the movie world blur as Danny is catapulted into Jack Slater IV. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ...

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Plot

Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien), is a boy whose love of action movies (especially those of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is played by himself) keeps him out of school and in trouble. His favorite movie franchise is the fictional Jack Slater series, which is preparing for the release of its fourth installment. Austin OBrien is an actor. ...


On the day before the premier of Jack Slater IV, Danny visits his friend Nick, an old man who runs a run-down movie theater in downtown New York City. He offers Danny a private screening of the film, an offer which Danny is quick to accept, especially when Nick offers him a gold-plated ticket which he claims was given to him by Harry Houdini. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Houdini redirects here. ...


Several minutes into the movie, the stub of the ticket begins to glow blue, and suddenly some dynamite from within the movie lands in the theatre, putting Danny into shock. Before he can escape, the dynamite explodes, and Danny vanishes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Jack Slater, and Austin O'Brien as young Danny Madigan

Confused, Danny awakens in a moving vehicle, which he quickly discovers is driven by his "action hero", Jack Slater. He soon realises that he was somehow transported into the film, and begs Slater to help him find his way back to the real world. Slater, however, refuses to help, not believing that HIS world is just a movie. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Austin OBrien is an actor. ...


After Danny's attempts to convince Slater of his true nature (including pointing out that Slater is unable to swear even when trying to) repeatedly fail, he suddenly recognises a mansion from the film's introduction, and, knowing that it is where the "bad guys" are, convinces Slater to check it out. The two find there Tony Vivaldi, the crime boss advertised as the villain for Jack Slater IV, and his English henchman Mr. Benedict (Charles Dance). Benedict overhears Danny discussing his knowledge of Benedict's role in the movie, and -- like Slater, not understanding he himself is in a movie -- is intrigued to find out how Danny could come about such information. Charles Dance OBE (born October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. ...


Benedict double-crosses Vivaldi, killing him, and awaits Slater's arrival at the mansion. When Slater arrives with Danny, Benedict manages to obtain the ticket stub which Danny still has, and vanishes into the real world before Slater's eyes. Puzzled, Slater follows Danny back through the portal into the real world, where the battle continues.


Both Slater and Benedict become acquainted with the nature of the real world; Slater, with the help of Danny's mother, realises that there are more important things in the world than action, and decides that he would not return to the world that he considers a lie. Meanwhile, Benedict continues with his evil ways, especially when realising that in the real world it is possible for the "bad guys" to win, and hatches a plan to kill Arnold Schwarzenegger at the premier of Jack Slater IV, therby causing Jack Slater to cease to exist. Discovering this plan, Danny convinces Slater to go with him to the premier. There, Slater encounters "The Ripper", a villain from an earlier Jack Slater film. Slater kills the Ripper by electrocuting him, but is shot in the chest by Benedict, who has now begun to plan world domination, but Slater gets ahold of Benedicts gun, and shoots him in the eye, causing the bomb in his glasseye to detonate, blowing Benedict to smitherenes, destroying the ticket in the process. Slater was fatally shot, something impossible in the film world. Heading back to the movie theatre, they find The Seventh Seal's Death, who, before returning to his movie, suggests using the other half of the ticket. The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet) is an existential 1957 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman about the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) across a plague-ridden landscape. ...


Following Death's advice, Danny returns Slater to the movie, where his fatal injury turns out to be "just a flesh wound". Accepting his reality for what it really is, Slater drives off into the sunlight, renouncing his old ways.


Cast

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Reception

Last Action Hero was billed at the time as "the next great summer action movie"[citation needed] and many movie insiders predicted the film to be a huge blockbuster, especially following the success of Schwarzenegger's previous film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.[1] Blockbuster, as applied to film or theater, denotes a very popular and/or successful production. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ...


Instead, the movie was panned by critics but grossed $50 million in the United States and an additional $87 million worldwide, totaling US$137 million. In an A&E biography of Schwarzenegger, the actor (who was also the film's executive producer) says that the film could have done even better, but due to bad timing, since it came out a week after Jurassic Park, the biggest movie phenomenon of that year. Schwarzenegger states that he tried to persuade his co-producers to postpone the film's June 18 release in the US by four weeks, but they turned a deaf ear on the grounds that the movie would have lost millions of dollars in revenue for every weekend of the summer it ended up missing. Some in the film industry believe that the movie would have been successful (or at least recovered its production costs) if it had been released in mid-July, at the peak of summer.[citation needed] Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films, individually and collectively. ... USD redirects here. ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jurassic Park is a 1993 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Linda Norman, a well respected movie critic, claimed that it was the only movie she ever saw in theaters and actually fell asleep during.


Another theory[citation needed] has suggested that the poor reaction to the movie was partly due to a belief that the general public did not understand the theme, expecting a serious action epic but instead getting a film laced with a large amount of comedy. Whether this is true or not remains unknown. However, public reaction to the similarly comic but less cartoony True Lies has appeared to be more favorable. True Lies is a 1994 action/comedy remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!. It was directed by James Cameron, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston and Art Malik. ...


Despite its box office failure, the movie has become somewhat of a sleeper cult hit, and is also regarded in some quarters as a very cerebral science fiction film, which explores the concepts of alternate reality in a meaningful way.[citation needed] The movie has also gained some admiration as a satire on the action genre[citation needed], as it intentionally parodies almost every action movie cliché. A sleeper hit (often simply called a sleeper) refers to a film, book, album, TV show, or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition. ... A cult film is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Parallel universe, alternate reality, etc. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


Years after LAH's release, it was the subject of a scathing chapter called "How They Built The Bomb", in the book Hit and Run which detailed misadventures at Sony Pictures in the early-to-mid 1990s. Among the details presented in this chapter were: Hit and run is the act of hitting an object with a vehicle and leaving the location of the incident. ...

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger selected LAH as his next project in a close race against another Sony property, a comedy about a modern Tooth Fairy called SWEET TOOTH, which remains unproduced as of 2007.
  • Universal moved Jurassic Park to June 11, 1993 well after Sony had decided on a June 18 release date for LAH.
  • The film was capsized by a wave of negative publicity after a rough cut of it was shown to a preview audience on May Day. Sony then destroyed the test cards and the word-of-mouth proved to be catastrophic for the film.
  • The shooting and editing schedule were so demanding and so smashed against the June 18 release date that after the movie's failure, a source close to the film said "We shouldn't have had Siskel and Ebert telling us the movie is 10 minutes too long".
  • Sony was even more humiliated the weekend after LAH opened, when the movie A) lost 47% of its opening-weekend audience and B) saw TriStar's Sleepless In Seattle open #1 at the box office.
  • The final declared financial loss for the film was $26 million.

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Background/Production

Last Action Hero was an original screenplay by Zak Penn and Adam Leff, meant to parody typical action film screenplays of writers such as Shane Black. Zak Penn noted himself that it was ironic that the studio then had Shane Black rewrite the script. The original screenplay differs heavily from the finished film and is widely available to read online. Although it was still a parody of Hollywood action films it was set almost entirely in the film world and focused largely on the futile cycle of violence displayed by the hero and the effect it had on people around him. Due to the radical changes Zak Penn and Adam Leff were eventually credited with the story of the film but not the screenplay, which is noted as being unusual for a film based on an original screenplay.[2] Zak Penn Zak Penn (born 1968) is a screenwriter and director who is known for writing and directing Incident at Loch Ness and co-writing the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. ... Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. ... Zak Penn Zak Penn (born 1968) is a screenwriter and director who is known for writing and directing Incident at Loch Ness and co-writing the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. ... Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. ... Zak Penn Zak Penn (born 1968) is a screenwriter and director who is known for writing and directing Incident at Loch Ness and co-writing the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. ...


Film references and connections

  • At the beginning of Jack Slater IV, a credit reads "A Franco Columbu Film". Franco Columbu was Schwarzenegger's long time friend and training partner when the two were bodybuilding and competing in the Mr. Olympia competition.
  • After the explosion at Slater's favorite second cousin's house, the black police officer is heard saying, "Two days 'til retirement", quoting Danny Glover's character in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) along with a saxophone riff imitating the signature music of the Lethal Weapon series.
  • When Danny is trying to convince Slater that he is in a film, he tries to find a Schwarzenegger film in a video store. He finds a poster for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but to his surprise, the poster shows Sylvester Stallone as the Terminator. Stallone's image on the poster even matches the theatrical poster for Judgement Day, albeit with Stallone's head in place of Schwarzenegger's.
  • In the novelization of the film, Danny warns Schwarzenegger to be wary of Benedict because he "almost took out Bruce Willis and Bill Murray". This line may suggest that the role of Benedict was originally intended for William Atherton, who played the role of "Richard Thornburg" in Die Hard (1988) and against Bill Murray as "Walter Peck" in Ghostbusters (1984), albeit as a comic foil rather than a true villain.[citation needed]
  • Several games of chicken are played throughout the film, with progressively deteriorating outcomes. The first shows Slater in the film world, easily following the "rules" of action movies and offing the bad guys. In the second, Danny attempts to ride a bicycle at the villains' oncoming car, before exclaiming at the last moment that he is not the hero but, in fact, the comic sidekick in Jack Slater IV, and swerves out of the way. (Briefly airborne, Danny and his bicycle are silhouetted against the moon, in allusion to E.T. (1982).) In the real world, Slater attempts to play chicken against Benedict, but as the "rules" of the film world do not apply, he ends up in a head-on collision with Benedict's car.
  • After the second 'chicken' scene, Danny and Slater argue over whether Benedict is dead, during which Danny references a character in Die Hard; the Die Hard theme is then heard in the background. Later in the film, when Slater is trying to rescue Danny while he is hanging from a ledge, Slater says "Please, God, don't let me die." which was also said by Bruce Willis' character in Die Hard.
  • While in the movie world, Danny warns Slater that his friend John Practice (F. Murray Abraham) killed Mozart (which Slater interprets as "Moe Zart"), a reference to the film Amadeus (1984), in which Abraham played Antonio Salieri. In a later scene in Danny's apartment, when his mom is talking to Slater, Mozart's overture to The Marriage of Figaro ( audio file) is played and discussed.
  • Frank McRae is seen as Slater's superior officer, in a similar role to the one he portrayed in 48 Hrs.
  • The movie posters for Bram Stoker's Dracula can be seen in the movie rental store and in the newspaper.
  • Right before Benedict shoots Jack, he mentions multiple movie villans: "Think of villans, Jack. You want Dracula? DRA-CU-LA? Dracula, heh. I will bring you King Kong. We'll have a Nightmare with Freddy Kruger or a suprise party with Adolf Hitler, Hannibal Lecter can do the catering. Then, we'll all have a christening for Rosemary's baby"
  • Joan Plowright, as Danny's English teacher, shows her class the 1948 film of Hamlet, which starred her real-life husband Laurence Olivier. Humorously, she acknowledges the students' ignorance of the legendary British actor, musing that they may remember him from Clash of the Titans, an undistinguished yet relatively-recent film in Olivier's career, where he played the god Zeus.

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Miscellaneous

  • This was the first movie to use Sony's 8 channel digital sound format SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound).[3]
  • The film featured Art Carney's final film appearance.
  • Steven Spielberg was offered the chance to direct the film, but he turned it down in order to make Schindler's List instead.[3]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $15 million for his performance.[3]
  • It was the first film to be advertised in space. An unmanned NASA rocket, launched by Schwarzenegger, had the film's title graffitied onto its side, costing $50,000.[3]
  • The song "Two Steps behind" by Def Leppard was changed for the movie to include an orchestra in the background. The original version of the song is acoustic.
  • Alice in Chains boasted that the movie would be the top box-office seller of all time[citation needed] prior to the film's release, having written the songs "What the Hell Have I" and "A Little Bitter" for the film's soundtrack.
  • The Simpsons episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" pokes fun at the film's poor showing, by Chief Wiggum remarking to action movie star Rainier Wolfcastle (a caricature of Schwarzenegger), "Magic ticket, my ass McBain!"
  • The Married... with Children episode "Banking on Marcy" also makes fun of the film's poor reception when Marcy says that her job at the bank is in jeopardy because they provided funding for LAH (later on, a bank executive says not to give up on the film because it still has release dates in Albania and Zimbabwe; along the same lines, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on Jay Leno after LAH was released and got a big laugh by saying LAH did very well in Zaire). They are making fun of themselves, as Married with Children and Last Action Hero are both owned by Columbia Pictures.
  • The Critic pokes fun at the movie when a trained seal that reviews movies is tamed by being threatened to being forced to watch "Last Action Hero."
  • This movie has no title or opening credits.

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Soundtrack

Music from the Motion Picture album

Last Action Hero: Music From The Original Motion Picture
Last Action Hero: Music From The Original Motion Picture cover
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released June 8, 1993 (1993-06-08)
Genre Rock
Alternative
Heavy metal
Length 54:19
Label Columbia Records
Professional reviews
  1. "Big Gun" - (AC/DC) – 4:24
  2. "What the Hell Have I - (Alice in Chains) – 3:58
  3. "Angry Again" - (Megadeth) – 3:47
  4. "Real World" - (Queensrÿche) – 4:21
  5. "Two Steps Behind" - (Def Leppard) – 4:19
  6. "Poison My Eyes" - (Anthrax) – 7:04
  7. "Dream On" - (Aerosmith) – 5:42
  8. "A Little Bitter" - (Alice in Chains) – 3:53
  9. "Cock the Hammer" - (Cypress Hill) – 4:11
  10. "Swim" - (Fishbone) – 4:13
  11. "Last Action Hero" - (Tesla) – 5:44
  12. "Jack the Ripper" - Michael Kamen with Buckethead – 3:43

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See also

This is a list of films encoded in the SDDS sound format with eight channels of sound, rather than the usual six. ... A story within a story is a literary device or conceit in which one story is told during the action of another story. ... Last Action Hero for the NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy and Sega Game Gear is one of a handful of video game adaptations of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film of the same name, this time by Sony Imagesoft. ...

References

  1. ^ Tinseltown hopeful - Arnie'll be back, also Eddie and dinosaurs - Los Angeles, California's motion picture industry; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Eddie Murphy - Special Report: Forecast 1993 - Industry Overview | Los Angeles Business Journal | Find Articles at BNET.com
  2. ^ Creative Screenwriting X-Men 3 Q&A Podcast with Zakk Penn and Simon Kinberg. Retrieved on 2006-09-20.
  3. ^ a b c d Last Action Hero (1993) - Trivia

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External links

  • Last Action Hero at the Internet Movie Database
  • September 9, 1991 first draft script by Zak Penn and Adam Leff at Awesomefilm
  • October 10, 1992 composite draft script by Zak Penn and Adam Leff, current draft by Shane Black and David Arnott, doctored by William Goldman at Awesomefilm
  • Movie stills
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Last Action Hero (681 words)
All the thought, wit and skill that went into the exhilarating trailer are missing from the finished product--a parody of action pictures that is neither funny nor exciting.
Last Action Hero is so sloppily put together you'd swear it didn't even have a director.
Last Action Hero is a poorly executed in-joke where everyone in the audience–Schwarzenegger fans included–feels left out.
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