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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »


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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?


Director trademark (James Cameron): A dangling, swinging fluorescent light fixture. In the bathroom shootout, damage from stray bullets includes one such fixture hanging from electrical wires. This is a common production detail to be found in almost every James Cameron written/directed feature film. See more »


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[after watching her husband kill dozens of men,on a deserted island ]
Helen Tasker: [walking next to wooden crates] I married Rambo!
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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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Por Una Cabeza
Written by Carlos Gardel
Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera (uncredited)
Performed by The Tango Project
Courtesy of Elektra Nonesuch
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This is how an action movie should be like!
15 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Biggest problem with most action movies is that they take themselves way too serious. "True Lies" is mainly fun and entertaining and on top of that, the action is top class!

Finally a movie of which I can say: "Budget well spend!" The action really jumps off the screen but it never feels overdone or forced, which is thanks to action-director veteran James Cameron. He should stick to directing action movies like this, the Terminator movies and "Aliens". Please no more movies like "Titanic"! (not that it was a VERY bad movie) Stick to were your talent lies.

The movie can be described as an American James Bond, meaning that everything is bigger and I'm not just talking about Arnie's chest. Just like the James Bond movies, it doesn't take itself seriously without making itself ridiculous.

Many people seem to have problems with the whole "wife side track, story-line" I guess I'm one of the few that doesn't mind it at all and actually find it an extra addition to the story.

The movie has everything a good action movie need: A believable action hero, explosions, chases, gun fights, a stereotype villain and a high entertainment value.

I wish more action movies like this would be made.



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