Last Action Hero

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I own this on VHS.

One of my childhood favorites. I watched this movie so many times as a kid, and it still holds up to this day.
This film gets a bad rep unfairly. This is one of those tragic cases of Box office slaughter, as this film had the misfortune to be released in theaters the week after the first Jurassic Park was released. And the film suffered BIG time.

This movie is largely responsible for my tastes in film and music to this day. I remember the emotions it would cause me as a kid popping in my old VHS for the 50th time and seeing that credit sequence for Jack Slater IV with MegaDeth, or the car chase scene playing AC/DC's Big Gun. To this day those are still two of my favorite songs of all time thanks to this movie. Other than Star Wars, I can't think of another film that has had more influence in my life.

Last Action Hero holds a very special place in my heart and it's truly a fantastic film. Grossly overlooked, whoafully underrated, and a cigar smoking dessert eagle totting Schwarzenegger one liner load of fun.

Mistake Status: I plan to buy the DVD at some point and go through it extensively.

Quantom X Premium member

A smart and hilarious meta action movie that was far ahead of its time, with an overlooked performance from Charles Dance.

Phaneron Premium member

Visible crew/equipment: When Charles Dance shoots his boss in the swimming pool, he starts talking to the camera about moving into the real world like Danny. Look at the glass mirror and windows behind him - you can see the film crew and cameras following him.

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Trivia: When Danny is being shown Jack Slater IV,it states that its a Franco Columbo film. Franco Columbo is one of Arnold's friends from his bodybuilding days, back in the 70s/80s

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Question: All of the actors in this film are actually credited as either themselves, or their character in the Jack Slater films (eg. the reporters recognise Tom Noonan as himself at the film premiere). However, the actress playing Whitney is actually called Bridgette Wilson, not Meredeth as Danny points out. Why was this?

Answer: Most likely, she was not a well-known enough actress to have name recognition like Arnold.

Brian Katcher

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