A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power.
Mark L. Lester
Rae Dawn Chong,
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
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Arnold Schwarzenegger came to James Cameron with the idea for the film, when they had breakfast together. Which Schwarzenegger had watched a French film entitled "La Totale!" about a secret agent, whose wife thinks he is a telecommunications employee and they decided to remake the film as "True Lies" with Arnold in the lead role of secret agent Harry Tasker. See more »
When Harry punches the guy who rifle butts Helen, he does so with his left hand hitting him on his right cheek. A moment later he is seen holding his left cheek. See more »
Put a tap on her phone.
What are you talking about? I already did that.
I'm talking about Helen's. Put a tap on her office line and the line to my house. Do it NOW.
Okay. All right. Just come over her. Sounds great. I just wanna ask you about something.
[takes him aside]
I got two words to describe that idea, in-sane. An unauthorized wire tap is a felony, pard...
[slams him up against the wall]
And we're doing it twenty times a day! So don't give me that crap.
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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 »
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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