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.
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
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James Cameron responded to a backlash against the movie by Arab-American groups over the terrorists in it by stating that he was only looking for "generic terrorists; I almost used Irish terrorists as the bad guys." The reference about Irish terrorists refers to the fact that an early draft of the script did have rogue IRA operatives as the villains, but this was dropped when information about the film "Blown Away" with Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges came out (its bad guy was an ultra-nationalist extremist "too crazy for the IRA" and Bridges was the reformed ex-IRA bomb master who had to stop him) and Cameron did not want another 1994 film to echo his plans for TL. Cameron ultimately included an entry near the end credits which stated that none of the characters in his movie were meant to be represenative of any real racial, religious, ethnic or social groups. See more »
When Harry jumps down the snow bank after leaving the castle, cables and a metal object are seen in the top right of the frame. See more »
Kids - 10 seconds of joy, 30 years of misery.
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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 »
Most USA network television versions replace Sade's "I Never Thought I'd See the Day" with another song during the hotel room 'seduction' sequence, probably because of music licensing restrictions. See more »
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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