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.
A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement... See full summary »
Mark L. Lester
Rae Dawn Chong,
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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Director trademark (James Cameron): A dangling, swinging fluorescent light fixture. In the bathroom shootout, damage from stray bullets includes one such fixture hanging from electrical wires. This is a common production detail to be found in almost every James Cameron written/directed feature film. See more »
When Helen rebuffs Simon's advances in the trailer, one of the empty wine glasses on the coffee table falls over. When Harry's team enters the trailer moments later, the wine glasses are not only upright, but refilled. See more »
[Loopy from the truth serum he's been given, in private room located on a deserted island]
Ask me a question I would normally lie to.
Are we gonna die?
I'd say it's working.
They're gonna shoot us in the head or they gonna torture us to death or they gonna leave us here when the bomb blows up...
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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 »
What a hoot! This might be Arnie's best, even though Jamie Lee almost steals the show.
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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