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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>

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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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Details

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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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Technical Specs

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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

James Cameron compared the movie to "a military maneuver." "There were no easy shots on this movie, and if they were easy I found a way to make them hard." See more »

Goofs

In real life the SS-22 designation was given to two missiles: a conventional anti-ship cruise missile and a theater ranged single warhead nuclear missile, neither of which is an intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warheads as stated by Harry. Also no MIRV-carrying missile, which are strategic weapons, ever had a yield as low as 30 kilotons on the warheads since that is considered a low yield tactical weapon. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [Harry is reading the tapped phone conversations from Helen, notices something, and quickly pulls the car over to the side of the road and up onto the curb]
Gib: [getting out of the passenger side] My turn to drive?
Harry: Give me the page!
Gib: What?
Harry: This jumps from page 9 to page 11, where's page 10?
Gib: [looks at paper] Must be a typo.
Harry: [shouts, breaks the window with his bare fist] Give me the goddamn page!
Harry: ok
[Gib looks at the window, and quickly grabs page 10 from his coat]
Harry: OK.
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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 »

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 »

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Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss, Jr.)
Performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
Courtesy of RCA Victor, Red Seal
A Division of BMG Classics
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best arnie movie!
30 December 2000 | by anthonyxSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie countless amount of times as with all the other arnie movies, but this is my favourite for sure. Whilst it doesnt rate as high in action compared to the other Arnie movies. This is definately arnies best comedy and with the above average action, it makes this movie Arnies best overall movie. Heaps of good explosions, shooting and hand to hand combat and hilarious comedy from all cast members. Art Malik and his men were hilarious especially when they were trying to be serious. Tom Arnold is perfect for his role, hilarious without even trying. But the funniest of all would have to be Bill Paxton especially while he is in the car with Arnie describing Jamie Lee Curtis to him and role playing a secret agent. Truely belly aching laughter! Tia Carrera and Jamie Lee Curtis were absolutely gorgeous. Who could ever forget that striptease by Jamie Lee Curtis? A 10/10 for me. I havent felt so good after watching a movie for a long time.


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