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True Lies (1994)

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)  »

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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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James Cameron compared the movie to "a military maneuver." "There were no easy shots on this movie, and if they were easy I found a way to make them hard." See more »

Goofs

After Harry heads into the mall followed by the two terrorists, Gib tells Harry the third guy is still in the car. When Gib calls Helen, the terrorists' car is in the background. Before the bus pulls in to obstruct Gib's view of their car, the car is empty. The third guy is inexplicably gone. 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 »

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References Scorpio (1973) See more »

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Darkness Darkness
Written by Jesse Colin Young
Performed by Screaming Trees
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Pure Arnie. Big, loud, and hilarious
10 September 2004 | by See 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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