MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 221 this week

True Lies (1994)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  15 July 1994 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 155,035 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 332 user | 86 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 16 Feb 2011
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 08 Dec 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 Aug 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 21 Nov 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "True Lies" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: True Lies (1994)

True Lies (1994) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of True Lies.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A woman entices a bomb expert she's involved with into destroying the mafia that killed her family.

Director: Luis Llosa
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods
Non-Stop (2014)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy
Killer Elite (2011)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action. His mission: kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his son.

Director: Gary McKendry
Stars: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro
Battle Royale (2000)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto
Premium Rush (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez
Blown Away (1994)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An Irish bomber escapes from prison and targets a member of the Boston bomb squad.

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Suzy Amis
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Hard Target (1993)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists.

Director: Mimi Leder
Stars: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iures
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer, Maury Chaykin
Erased (2012)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.

Director: Philipp Stölzl
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Nick Alachiotis, Liana Liberato
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
James Allen ...
Dieter Rauter ...
Boathouse Guard (as Deiter Rauter)
...
Katsy Chappell ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Harry Tasker leads a double life. At work he is a government agent with a license to do just about anything, while at home he pretends to be a dull computer salesman. He is on the trail of stolen nuclear weapons that are in the hands of fanatic terrorists when something more important comes up. Harry finds his wife is seeing another man because she needs some adventure in her life. Harry decides to give it to her, juggling pursuit of terrorists on one hand and an adventure for his wife on the other while showing he can Tango all at once. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When he said I do, he never said what he did.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a lot of action/violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mentiras verdaderas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£10,923,140 (UK) (9 September 1994)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As of 2014, this is the only feature film that James Cameron has directed to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and not win in that category. See more »

Goofs

After Harry shoots the first terrorist in the bathroom, the other grabs Harry's gun-hand and Harry's sunglasses are still on. In the next shot where the terrorist is banging Harry's hand on the stall the glasses are no longer on his head. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You tell on me, I tell on you.
Gib: What are you talking about, I'm as clean as a preacher's sheets. I'm as clean as...
Harry: What about that time you blew a six-week operation because you were too busy getting a blow job?
Gib: You knew about that?
Harry: Uh-huh.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the middle of the credits, Gib (who's waiting outside in the stereotypical spy van as Harry's having fun inside the party) says, "You know what? I'm sick of being in the van. You guys can be in the van next time. I've been in the van for fifteen years, Harry." See more »

Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Por Una Cabeza
Music by Carlos Gardel
Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera
Performed by The Tango Project
Courtesy of Elektra Nonesuch
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

An extremely entertaining action movie that, for some reason, I like but don't love.
18 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

*** out of ****

I've seen True Lies at least four times now, and every time I find myself having a great time watching this first-rate action/comedy/thriller. But it's a movie that I can't muster more than passable (but occasionally fairly ecstatic) enthusiasm for. It's a very good action movie, and I can certainly see how it's attained a reputation as one of the best adrenaline-pumping rides of the 90's, but it's not great.

What True Lies has is one of the more ingenious action movie premises I've seen. Arnold Schwarzenegger is Harry Tasker, a husband (to Jamie Lee Curtis) and father (to Eliza Dushku) by day, and world-saving CIA agent by night (or day, it depeneds). His latest assignment puts him on the case of a mad Islamic terrorist called Aziz, who's retrieved several nuclear warheads and plans to set them off on U.S. soil if his group's demands are not met. Complicating matters for Harry is the inclusion of his wife, Helen, whom he believes is having an affair with a used car salesman (Bill Paxton, in what's got to be his funniest performance).

In terms of pure escapist enjoyment, this is actually James Cameron's most successful film. True Lies is probably the only Cameron film that never suffers from the slightest hiccup in pacing (yes, Aliens had a slow beginning and viewing The Abyss was like watching molasses sliding down a brick wall). From beginning to end, there's not a single slow spot, as you can expect either a sharply staged action sequence or comical setpiece around every corner. To keep such momentum up for 141 minutes is pretty damn amazing, and Cameron must be given credit for making such a long movie almost so effortlessly enjoyable.

But for all that is so enjoyable about it, True Lies lacks a strong plot (in terms of action, as the romantic subplot is actually quite excellent). The villains are stereotypical terrorists, pure cartoons who don't even make an impression as cool villains. In his heyday, Arnold has battled tons of memorable villains (T-1000 and the Predator stand out), the terrorists here are clearly among the weakest of Arnold's foes to date.

The action is suitably over-the-top, especially the harrier jet climax, which makes almost all the action that came before it believable in comparison. But the action is mostly excellent, the shootouts and fistfights are exciting, there's plenty of cliffhanger thrills, and the chase/catfight set on the lengthy bridge is classic.

The movie has to keep a balance between strong violence and screwball humor, which it pulls off very well. The half-hour segment devoted entirely to Harry's marital problems is hilarious, its only flaw being the abrupt segue to "typical" Arnold action. Even when Arnold's taking down massive armies of terrorists, Cameron still maintains the same light tone evident during the comical scenes, while still keeping the action thrilling. That's quite an accomplishment.

The cast is all excellent, given the material and intent. Schwarzenegger is still the extremely likeable big lug. These roles aren't a stretch for him, but he excels at such parts because he radiates charisma like no other actor (even if they may all be better than him when it comes to talent). As the comic relief, Tom Arnold is surprisingly very funny (since then, it hasn't been so surprising as he's actually provided decent humor in those Andrzej Bartkowiak films, or however you spell the guy's name). Jamie Lee Curtis is wonderful, too, and I've never been a big fan of hers. Without a doubt, this is easily her most winning performance.

One of the big box-office hits of 1994, I was surprised to see True Lies didn't inspire any genuine imitators. Just as well, I suppose, there's only so much Bond "parody" you can see without the material getting tiresome (Austin Powers, anyone?). But True Lies' charms lies in that it works as parody while still excelling as a straight action thriller. When it comes to pure direction, that's proof James Cameron can be a genius.


38 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Both Arnie's and Cameron's best film? thisisreece
IF they ever make a sequel wrolfsmeyer
WOW Jamie Lee Curtis won the Best Actress for this at Golden Globes peterandwow
Violent shots missing from true lies dvd? CJP824
100 things we've learned from True Lies bernhard-38
Helen barefoot in the Keys Talory
Discuss True Lies (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page