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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 20 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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Cameron responded to a backlash against the movie by Arab-American groups over the terrorists in it by stating that he was only looking for "generic terrorists; I almost used Irish terrorists as the bad guys." The reference about Irish terrorists refers to the fact that an early draft of the script did have rogue IRA operatives as the villains, but this was dropped when information about the film "Blown Away" with Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges came out (its bad guy was an ultra-nationalist extremist "too crazy for the IRA" and Bridges was the reformed ex-IRA bomb master who had to stop him) and Cameron did not want another 1994 film to echo his plans for TL. Cameron ultimately included an entry near the end credits which stated that none of the characters in his movie were meant to be represenative of any real racial, religious, ethnic or social groups. See more »

Goofs

When Helen drops the machine gun down the stairs and it shoots all the bad guys, in one scene it shows the gun falling off the last step and landing on the ground. In the very next scene, it shows the gun land ON the last step and come to a rest. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [driving in their SUV] You tell on me, I tell on you.
Gib: What are you talking about, I'm as clean as a preacher's sheets. I'm as clean as...
Harry: What about that time you blew a six-week operation because you were too busy getting a blow job?
Gib: You knew about that?
Harry: Uh-huh.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cum to Live (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine of Your Love
Written by Pete Brown, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton
Performed by Living Colour
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Great fun - don't expect anything else
12 January 2000 | by Rammstein-2See all my reviews

Why should one watch this film? It's stupid, without any character developments and is about as believable as any James Bond movie. I'll tell you: It's great fun. When I watch a movie, I try not to confuse art with entertainment, as some commenters clearly have done. True Lies doesn't have a hint of art - but its comic-style spirit and adventurous action is compelling. And please don't be childish - admit you like seeing nukes go off on screen. This film isn't a Great Film. But it is Great Fun.


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