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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.

Director:

James Cameron

Writers:

Claude Zidi (screenplay "La Totale!"), Simon Michaël (screenplay "La Totale!") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger came to James Cameron with the idea for the film when they had breakfast together. Cameron had been planning on making "The Crowded Room", a thriller based on "The Minds of Billy Milligan" by author Daniel Keyes. However, he canceled the project when the holders to the book's adaptation rights suddenly demanded more money from him, due the success of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Schwarzenegger had recently watched a French film titled La totale ! (1991) about a secret agent whose wife thinks he is a telecommunications employee, and they decided to remake the film as "True Lies" with Arnold in the lead role of secret agent Harry Tasker. See more »

Goofs

Where Gib and Harry are getting into their car a little old lady can be seen behind them staring at the camera crew and action. See more »

Quotes

Helen Tasker: [has the upper hand on Juno in the back of a limo and grabs a champagne bottle] LIKE ONE?
[hits her with it]
Helen Tasker: HOW 'BOUT TWO?
[clobbers her a second time]
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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 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) See more »

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Alone in the Dark
Written and Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of A & M Records, Inc.
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Pure Arnie. Big, loud, and hilarious
10 September 2004 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

Once again, Arnie and Cameron team up to deliver a terrific action film.

Arnie stars as a secret agent posing as a computer salesman. Not even his wife knows his true identity and since he is always busy she decides to have a little excitement and hooks up with a nitwit posing as a secret agent! In the mean while, in trying to get her back, Arnie gets his family inadvertently pushed into a plot, by terrorists to nuke the USA! Preposterous? Yes! Hilarious? YES!!!

The resulting film has Arnie chasing motorcycles on horseback through hotels all the way to "borrowing" Harrier jets from the military. And, of course, getting his wife and daughter back.

Packed with awesome action scenes and some really terrific hilarious moments this is what an action movie should be. Not too serious and not too pointless. 8/10

Rated R: violence and profanity


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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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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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