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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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Dana Tasker
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Jamal Khaled
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Colonel
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Boathouse Guard (as Deiter Rauter)
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Allison
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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.


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Rated R for a lot of action/violence and some language | See all certifications »

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15 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mentiras verdaderas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,900,000, 17 July 1994

Gross USA:

$146,282,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,882,411
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jamie Lee Curtis called the film "without question, the greatest experience of my professional life so far." See more »

Goofs

Helen has already proven that she is a smart, intelligent wife to Harry. There is no way she would be fooled by a cassette tape player when she met the man in the hotel who "likes to watch", as the tiny speaker sounds completely different than a live, human voice. Also, it was a dead giveaway when Harry dropped the tape player. See more »

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Harry: Well, you see, this is the problem with terrorists. They're really inconsiderate when it comes to people's schedules.
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This film is a work of fiction and does not represent the actions or beliefs of a particular culture or religion. See more »

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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »

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Springtime Voices, Waltz op 410
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Music by Johann Strauss
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What a hoot! This might be Arnie's best, even though Jamie Lee almost steals the show.
3 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I had forgotten how funny this film is. From the very start it begins to laugh at itself and the entire genre, with great audacity. Every single scene is worth watching and I am still giggling about many of them. (Well, ok, the camera angle on the scene with terrorist-as-missile is a teensy bit overdone.)

I delayed renting it again because I remembered the Jamie-Lee-as-prostitute scene was difficult to sit through--her predicament is just so embarrassing. But this time I discovered it is probably my favorite scene. She is just a scream (and surprisingly erotic), while her underplayed klutziness throughout is hysterical, right down to the tango at the end. Especially in contrast to her husband's ridiculously effortless physical skills and unruffled cool. The only time he loses it, and hilariously so, is with Bill Paxton. (And I love that she gets her own back for Arnie's sleazy trick. A woman who packs a punch.)

Even the excellent special effects are pure humor. They are just huge enough to be ridiculous, and yet never seem overblown--and this with a nuclear explosion and a Harrier on an urban rampage. This film is a work of genius. How an action/espionage/romance spoof could deliver such outrageous tongue-in-cheek and yet never feel like corn, slap or déjà vu is a mystery to me.

I give this 8/10 for being relentlessly entertaining, at a very high level. And the acting is top notch all around.


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