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True Lies (1994)

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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Dana Tasker
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Jamal Khaled
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Boathouse Guard (as Deiter Rauter)
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Charlene
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Storyline

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>

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


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

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15 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,900,000, 17 July 1994

Gross USA:

$146,282,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,882,411
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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

As the limo is racing along the bridge, the locations of the bullet holes in the windshield change as the viewpoint switches between the limo interior and exterior. See more »

Quotes

Faisil: [in a conference room in their counter terrorism sector] They call him the Sand Spider.
Spencer Trilby: Why?
Faisil: Probably because it sounds scary.
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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 »

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References The Bullwinkle Show (1960) See more »

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Darkness Darkness
Written by Jesse Colin Young
Performed by Screaming Trees
Courtesy of Epic Records
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She Married Rambo and She Didn't Know
3 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

The secret agent Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been happily married with his wife, the legal secretary Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), for many years living in the suburbs and having a teenager daughter, Dana (Eliza Dushku). Helen does not suspect that Harry has a double life, and she believes he is a computer salesman. After a top-secret mission, Harry finds evidences that Helen is having an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), an used cars salesman that seduced Helen with the glamour and excitement of his fake life, telling her that he is a spy. Harry forces his partner Albert Gibson (Tom Arnold) to use the resources of their agency to follow Simon and Helen; they abduct Helen wearing masks and later they assign a pseudo mission for her. However, a group of terrorists kidnap Helen and Harry and the couple gets involved with a dangerous group that possesses an atomic bomb ready to be exploded in Florida.

"True Lies" is one of the best adventures ever, and I personally do not recall how many times I have watched this excellent movie. The story is amazingly good, with a magnificent screenplay that alternates action with comedy. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his partner Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton are hilarious, with very funny liens and situations. Jamie Lee Curtis is not only funny, but also extremely sexy and hot, and I love when she says that she married Rambo. The special effects in the action scenes are stunning. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "True Lies"


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