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True Lies (1994)

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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 while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.



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


Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) 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 (Bill Paxton) 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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mentiras verdaderas  »

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Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,900,000, 17 July 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eliza Dushku cracked a couple of ribs during shooting. See more »


When Harry chases Aziz through the hotel, Aziz blows by a bellhop who falls back into a chair, causing it to fall over. As is does, we see the spring-loaded device underneath the chair to assist it in pushing it and the bellhop back. See more »


Simon: [hitting on a woman at the party] Here, let me pour you some more champaigne. I gotta keep up the waiter bit, these stakeouts can be a little tricky you know, you never know if things can explode to a life or death situation, just stay low and I'll contact you later. Maybe you should give me your tele...
Harry: [puts his hand in Simon] So, we meet again Carlos.
Helen Tasker: [puts her lipstick case under Simon's chin] Honey, I'm gonna do him right here.
Harry: [proudly] Go for it.
Simon: Oh god.
[pees in his pants]
Helen Tasker: Fear is not an ...
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This film is a work of fiction and does not represent the actions or beliefs of a particular culture or religion. See more »


References Aliens (1986) See more »


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"Can you hurry up. My horse is getting tired."
1 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

James Cameron has directed some fantastic action movies during his career (Aliens, the first two Terminator movies, The Abyss, Titanic--that boat action was like totally awesome!!), but none were as funny as True Lies is. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator, Eraser, the Governor of California) is Harry Tasker, a computer programming father by day, James Bond by night, working for a top secret government agency that is beyond the CIA and run by Charlton Heston. Tom Arnold, in his first dramatic role, plays Harry's partner, Gib, and is the smartass, class clown of the agency. Schwarzenegger and Arnold have a fantastic chemistry, creating the movie's biggest laughs. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Harry's under-appreciated wife, Helen, who flirts with the idea of leaving Harry for a used-car salesman, played with uber-confidence by Bill Paxson. Helen finds out the true identity of her husband in another funny scene where both are captured by Arab terrorists with help from a truth serum. The action part of True Lies comes from Harry trying to track down the nuclear bomb that has been stolen by the terrorists. A wonderfully shot escape scene on the bridge that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland is the pinnacle of True Lies. An action film that does not take itself too seriously (notice all of the silly Arnold-lines peppered throughout the movie, my personal favorite being "you're fired!" before Trump thought of it), True Lies is wildly entertaining, so much so that you almost forget Tom Arnold was married to Roseanne.

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