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In Search of the Last Action Heroes

7.22 h 21 min202015
A documentary detailing the action genre over the past 50 years from early westerns to the contemporary movies of today. Exploring the story behind the '80s action genre many consider the golden era and how it changed in the 90s and how studios were able to turn outrageous concepts into genre-defining films. Loaded with interviews with stars who helped influence and shape the films we grew up on.
Oliver Harper
Scott AdkinsMichael Jai WhiteMark L. Lester
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Eric Roberts
Colin Arteaga
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4.1 out of 5 stars

36 global ratings

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JammsbroReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
No narrative, just a long sequence of talking head clips.
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This really has no direction, commentary or anything to say. It's very much a collection of talking head clips most likely collected from making of extras and nothing more.
The director seems to have no direction or anything to say at all and is happy to just edit together a very long string of other people randmly commenting on the topic. It's a very weak documentary and I hesitate to use the term because it doesn't really document anything, it's really just an editor cutting clips together.
It's well edited but gets very repetitive and dull after a very short time. The formula is, cut three talking heads together, intersperse a couple of clips and repeat. For two hours.
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Jojo ChanwayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good old memories from actors and directors
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Watched it on the basis that this documentary interviewed a number of players from the era of 80's and early 90's action movies, but turned it off two-thirds way through because 80% of what I heard was generic descriptions of the movies and the culture of the time, with the other 20% being anecdotes from the actors, directors, producers, etc, but even those anecdotes were usually about how actors or directors got roles.
I think Oliver Harper is an alright critic generally, he said things I disagree with, but he introduced me to cult classics I really like such as Krull and Fortress. In fact, this documentary is mainly limited to the key movies of that era, other ones have equally played roles in that era such as the Sho Kusugi Ninja movies, James Bond films, and there are some underrated movies that are begging to be discussed more like Runaway and The Hidden.
I found Electric Boogaloo and Milius more insightful and enjoyable of the movies made back in that era, loads of funny and interesting anecdotes in those.
Gordon WatsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Do you have ADHD?
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Then you'll really enjoy this!
Just kidding. It's really good.
The constant cutting from everyone gets a bit intense though.

Would have been great to hear a good 10 minutes of conversation from a few people.
And possibly 2 parts. 80's. Then 90's and beyond.
Give 80 minutes to each.

Bill Duke made a solid point about the current state of action films today.
Where are the character arcs, the stories?
Where are the directors who know how to explain a character using the full potential of the medium?

It's becoming increasingly difficult to relate to, or care about, the characters in modern films.
Still, it was fun to look back at the 'Golden Age' of, well, violence..
Abul KalamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
easy watching
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Nice nastalger for those raised in late 80's and early 90's, I was born '81 so I really liked it. Could have been better with an actual chronological order or a rating style but worth the watch. Again I say there are a lot of things I would never have paid to watch but having a prime subscription means I get them free which is just great found some real gems over the last few years  including some of the movies mentioned 
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David EvansReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 May 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Documentary Charting Underappreciated Era in Movies
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In Search of the Last Action Heroes is a compelling watch that mostly succeeds in conveying the rise and fall of 80's/90's action movie. Where it falters is by being a little too long, but given how vast action cinema was in that period (primarily of the US and Hong Kong variety), that is something to be forgiven.

I've seen some reviews talk of promises of its Kickstarter Campaign not being fulfilled in regards to the people interviewed, but the filmmakers managed to talk to a lot of people involved in the biggest moments of the subject from the time, and even managed to speak to a few involved today, all of whom help to convey the point the documentary is trying to make.

Worth a watch if you have an interest and passion in the subject matter.
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Iain RobertsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great independent film making from a fans view
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First of all, i am born in 1981 and such i grew up on late night tv and VHS action, sci-fi and horror moves. A true staple of a young 80's child! I backed this project on Indiegogo and would love to tell all potential views of the topic to please view, either on Prime member ship or HD £2.99, as it is a delight. The director, Youtuber Oliver Harper feature documentary, does a very good job showing all the love and feeling of the days gone of the Sly's. Van dammes and the Arnies. Cannot recommend it enough!
Tony.C.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's nothing special
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It's just people talking about action films of the 80s. I grew up loving these films, nothing was gained from watching this documentary.
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JamesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's an OK trip down Nostalgia Lane.
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A trip down memory lane of various Action Heroes and Movies.
Doesn't really elaborate or add anything new but if you are a fan of these movies and stars then you can reminisce over an older age and see how they move into the current.
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