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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 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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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:

$25,900,000, 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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger dreamt about playing a James Bond kind of spy when he was a kid. See more »

Goofs

When Harry is chasing Aziz through the hotel on horseback, Aziz rides his motorcycle through swinging doors into the kitchen area. When he slides the bike to make the corner, he leaves a black skid mark with the rear tire on the white tile floor. Seconds later, Harry bursts through the same swinging doors, but now there is a large piece of red carpeting covering the tile floor to prevent the horse from sliding as it runs into the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [speaking to the horse] What the hell were you thinking? I had the guy, and you let him get away. Look at me when I talk to you. What kind of a cop are you anyway?
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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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Event Horizon (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebeslieder Waltz, Op.114
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Heard at the ball at the beginning of the film
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She Married Rambo and She Didn't Know
3 February 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The secret agent Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been happily married with his wife, the legal secretary Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), for many years living in the suburbs and having a teenager daughter, Dana (Eliza Dushku). Helen does not suspect that Harry has a double life, and she believes he is a computer salesman. After a top-secret mission, Harry finds evidences that Helen is having an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), an used cars salesman that seduced Helen with the glamour and excitement of his fake life, telling her that he is a spy. Harry forces his partner Albert Gibson (Tom Arnold) to use the resources of their agency to follow Simon and Helen; they abduct Helen wearing masks and later they assign a pseudo mission for her. However, a group of terrorists kidnap Helen and Harry and the couple gets involved with a dangerous group that possesses an atomic bomb ready to be exploded in Florida.

"True Lies" is one of the best adventures ever, and I personally do not recall how many times I have watched this excellent movie. The story is amazingly good, with a magnificent screenplay that alternates action with comedy. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his partner Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton are hilarious, with very funny liens and situations. Jamie Lee Curtis is not only funny, but also extremely sexy and hot, and I love when she says that she married Rambo. The special effects in the action scenes are stunning. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "True Lies"


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