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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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James Cameron

Writers:

Claude Zidi (screenplay "La Totale!"), Simon Michaël (screenplay "La Totale!") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Harry Tasker
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Helen Tasker
Tom Arnold ... Albert Gibson
Bill Paxton ... Simon
Tia Carrere ... Juno Skinner
Art Malik ... Salim Abu Aziz
Eliza Dushku ... Dana Tasker
Grant Heslov ... Faisil
Charlton Heston ... Spencer Trilby
Marshall Manesh ... Jamal Khaled
James Allen James Allen ... Colonel
Dieter Rauter Dieter Rauter ... Boathouse Guard (as Deiter Rauter)
Jane Morris ... Janice
Katsy Chappell ... Allison
Crystina Wyler ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

True Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,869,770, 17 July 1994

Gross USA:

$146,282,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,882,411
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (35 mm prints)| DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was initially released, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee was one of several groups to hold a protest at a Washington, D.C., theater. The groups attacked the film for its "depiction of Middle Easterners as homicidal, religious zealots". A demand for the boycott of the movie was called, as well as a ban of its distribution in fifty-four Arab and Muslim countries. See more »

Goofs

When the bomb goes off in the Aziz camp, you can see the springboards the stuntmen are flung from. See more »

Quotes

Juno Skinner: [to Helen] My condolences to the widow.
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Crazy Credits

This film is a work of fiction and does not represent the actions or beliefs of a particular culture or religion. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 1 second to remove an ear-clap, and VHS versions received a further 8 seconds of cuts (the video sleeve actually carried the note, "This film has been edited for censorship purposes"). These cuts included: removal of a head-butt; a reduction in impacts to the face with a hand dryer; a reduction in impacts to a head being rammed into a urinal; a reduction in length of sight of bloody facial injury; sight of a trocar being thrown and embedded into an eye; removal of neck breaks (including a rearranging of footage); removal of a tire iron being rammed into a ribcage. The original 2001 DVD release (issued by Universal) was an uncut version, likely taken from the Australian DVD, and wrongly featured the fully uncut print. It was recalled shortly afterwards and replaced in 2003 with a Columbia release, which features the same cuts but edited in a much more obvious and choppy fashion, using repeated and slowed-down footage in an attempt to maintain a consistent runtime. The 2008 "Greatest Ever Action Heroes" DVD collection features the full uncut version, but the BBFC did not officially waive the cuts until February 2010. See more »

Connections

Featured in This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Springtime Voices, Waltz op 410
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Heard at the ball at the beginning of the film
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Splendid Collaboration between Scwarzenegger and Cameron
6 April 2000 | by eibon09See all my reviews

True Lies(1994) was one of the best and most exciting motion pictures of 1994. It blends action sequences with some spy intrique. The film is Schwarzengger's most complete action film and his best role of his career. Jamie Lee Curtis and Tia Carrere do a terrific job as the heroine and femme fatal respectively. True Lies(1994) is an action flick with a sense of humor.

Tom Arnold contributes to the movie with his off beat antics as he is the Ying while the other Arnold is the Yang. there are a few reasons why I enjoyed watching movie. First, the action sequences were breath taking and well executed. Second, the funny one liners of Arnold Schwarzengger. Third, the lap dance performed by Jamie Lee Curtis in the hotel room.

True Lies(1994) is better then the average big budget action blockbuster feature. True lies(1994) along with the Ipcress Files are the best of the James Bond inspired movies. In fact, I consider the movie to be superior to the last few Bond films because it feels fresh while the Bond movies are repeats of the early films in the series. True Lies(1994), and Aliens(1986) are my favorite James Cameron motion pictures. James Cameron is the David Lean of Action/Scifi feature films.


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