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True Lies [1994] (1 disc)
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Director:James Cameron
Writer:Claude Zidi
Didier Kaminka
James Cameron
Simon MichaŽl
Composer:Brad Fiedel
Length:141 minutes
(2 hours 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:68%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Comedy
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Synopsis: Harry Stamper's life is one of extraordinary adventure. He just never told his family.


Reaction: Fun and action packed. This has just the right balance of humor and action.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
James Cameron => Director / Writer
Claude Zidi => Writer
Didier Kaminka => Writer
Simon MichaŽl => Writer
Brad Fiedel => Composer
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Harry Tasker
Art Malik => Salim Abu Aziz
Bill Paxton => Simon
Charles Cragin => Samir
Charlton Heston => Spencer Trilby
Eliza Dushku => Dana Tasker
Grant Heslov => Faisil
Jamie Lee Curtis => Helen Tasker
Marshall Manesh => Jamal Khaled
Tia Carrere => Juno Skinner
Tom Arnold => Albert Gibson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When Arnold Schwarzenegger rescues wife Jamie Lee Curtis from an airborne chopper, he grasps her by her arm just as the chopper heads out over the water. The woman you see dangling below the chopper skid is no body double, but Curtis doing her very own stunt work. At her insistence, director James Cameron agreed to let her perform this scary spectacle. According to Jamie Lee Curtis, on the TV special promoting True Lies, it was Cameron's idea for her to do the helicopter work; she said, "Oh, yeah. And just where are you going to be while I'm dangling way up there in the air, Jim?" And, according to her, he said, "Hanging out the door filming you with a hand-held camera." So she decided that if he was willing to do that to get the shot, she could stand to do it, too. The stunt was filmed on her birthday.
  • In an interview, James Cameron says that the script was brought to him by Arnold Schwarzenegger who said that he wanted to do it because he thought the Tasker character was interesting. Cameron was shocked because he had never seen Scwarzenegger pick a script based solely on his interest in a character and decided that he saw the same thing and made the movie.
  • A sequel to True Lies was once in the works, which would've reunited the principal cast as well as been directed by James Cameron, who directed the first movie. A script was even ready for this sequel, and had the movie been made, it would've been released sometime in 2002. The sequel idea was eventually scrapped (or at least indefinitely shelved) due to script problems as well the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Cameron even said in an interview that he dropped his sequel plans because "in this day and age, terrorism just isn't funny anymore".
  • Eliza Dushku broke some ribs during the filming of her Harrier jet stunt scenes.
  • The appearance and traits of Spencer Trilby (Charlton Heston) is based on Nick Fury, a Marvel Comics character. Like Fury, Trilby has an eye-patch and the same mannerisms as well as heading a peacekeeping organization.
  • [?] Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, [?] Annette Bening, Joan Cusack, Geena Davis, [?] Melanie Griffith, [?] Jennifer Jason Leigh, Madonna, Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone, Emma Thompson and [?] Debra Winger were considered for the role of Helen.
  • Jodie Foster was originally cast as Helen Tasker, but was forced to turn the role down because she was signed to Nell.
  • During the striptease scene, the part when Jamie Lee Curtis falls was actually not part of the script. She really does fall but she got back up and continued with the scene. You can also see it was not intentional by Arnold Schwarzenegger's sudden reaction to help her when she falls.