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      True Lies

      1994, Action/Comedy, 2h 21m

      54 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      If it doesn't reach the heights of director James Cameron's and star Arnold Schwarzenegger's previous collaborations, True Lies still packs enough action and humor into its sometimes absurd plot to entertain. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Aziz (Art Malik). Harry's mission is complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is contemplating an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), a used-car salesman who claims he's a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Action, Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: James Cameron

      • Producer: Stephanie Austin, James Cameron

      • Writer: James Cameron

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $146.3M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Argentina Video Home, 20th Century Fox

      • Production Co: Lightstorm Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track, Dolby Digital, DTS, Stereo

      Cast & Crew

      Tom Arnold
      Tia Carrere
      Art Malik
      Eliza Dushku
      Charlton Heston
      James Cameron
      Lawrence Kasanoff
      Rae Sanchini
      Robert Shriver
      Brad Fiedel
      Russell Carpenter
      Conrad Buff IV
      Mark Goldblatt
      Peter Lamont
      Martin Laing
      Robert W. Laing
      Michael Novotny
      Cindy Carr

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      • Feb 06, 2017

        I seem to like True Lies a significant amount less than most people do. And it's not because it isn't my type of movie either, Schwarzeneggar as a secret agent in an explosive 90s action movie is absolutely my jam. But I don't love True Lies, maybe I saw it too late in life (I was 25 the first time I saw the whole movie) and either I aged out of it or the movie aged out of society, but whatever the case, I just can't really understand why it's so beloved. I would never take it away from anyone, and there's absolutely stuff I like, but I can't really recommend it based on personal taste.

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      • Sep 03, 2016

        A great popcorn summer blockbuster with everything you look for. Good story, humor, and awesome action set pieces.

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      • May 07, 2016

        "True Lies" is still a superb film but is one of director "James Cameron's" weaker movies. The plot to "True Lies" is "Harry Tasker" portrayed by "Arnold Schwarzenegger" who pretends to be an innocent and loving husband to his wife "Helen Tasker" portrayed by "Jamie Lee Curtis" but secretly is a spy. Eventually both his lives become one. The movie opens with "Harry" on one of his usual night jobs. The scene is both exciting and visually beautiful to watch. Throughout the movie it's both humorous and dramatic to find out that "Helen" may be having an affair with another man. The scenes are good to watch but occasionally make the movie feel like a romantic comedy more than an action film. The movie's climax feels unsatisfactory and rushed due to a weak villain death. One thing thanks makes "True Lies" great to watch is its humor, which is mostly delivered by "Arnold Schwarzenegger". As usual "Arnold Schwarzenegger" puts 100% into all of his movies and in "True Lies" he doesn't lack skills or experience. "Brad Fiedel" the music composer for the movie, created a thrilling and exciting music score that gets blood pumping. "Salim Abu Aziz" portrayed by "Art Malik" doesn't feel like a terrifying or dangerous antagonist he feels like just another terrorist. When "James Cameron" directs a film usually the cinematography is stunning. And "True Lies" is no exception "Russell Carpenter" does a splendid job at creating beautiful visuals. If you are a person who enjoys 1990's movies with "Arnold Schwarzenegger" then I recommend you watch "True Lies" as it has great acting, a humorous script and stunning camera-work. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues these being the movie feeing like a romantic comedy at times, a weak villain and a weak death for a weak villain. I give 1994's "True Lies" an 8/10.

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      • Dec 04, 2012

        This is the favourite Arnie film for many as it is considered to be the most accessible to those who typically don't like the action genre. There are many jokes poked at typical action films which lets everyone have a good laugh..blah blah blah. Meant to be general popular entertainment, you can't expect any level of depth and none is provided.

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