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True Lies (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Thriller  |  15 July 1994 (USA)
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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.



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

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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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Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Mentiras verdaderas  »

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$115,000,000 (estimated)


£10,923,140 (UK) (9 September 1994)

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Did You Know?


In an early version of the script, Harry discovers Dana ditching school to sing in her boyfriend's band. While Harry drives Dana back to school, they sing the song she was doing ("Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream) when he walked in on her. Both scenes were cut from the movie. Instead, you can faintly hear the song playing on Dana's Walkman in the scene before her boyfriend picks her up for school. See more »


The first time you see Juno she has two straps over each shoulder, indicating she is wearing a bra. Later at the same ball when she dances with Harry the bra straps have vanished. See more »


Simon: Let's face it. The 'Vette... gets 'em wet!
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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 »


Referenced in Entourage: The Abyss (2005) See more »


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
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Great fun - don't expect anything else
12 January 2000 | by (Karlstad, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Why should one watch this film? It's stupid, without any character developments and is about as believable as any James Bond movie. I'll tell you: It's great fun. When I watch a movie, I try not to confuse art with entertainment, as some commenters clearly have done. True Lies doesn't have a hint of art - but its comic-style spirit and adventurous action is compelling. And please don't be childish - admit you like seeing nukes go off on screen. This film isn't a Great Film. But it is Great Fun.

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