True Lies is a 1994 American spy action comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, based on the 1991 French comedy film La Totale!. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Tasker, a U.S. government agent who struggles to balance his double life as a spy with his familial duties. Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, and Tia Carrere star in supporting roles. True Lies was the first Lightstorm Entertainment project to be distributed under Cameron's multimillion-dollar production deal with 20th Century Fox, as well as the first major production for the visual effects company Digital Domain, which was co-founded by Cameron. It was also the first film to cost $100 million.


Harry Tasker leads a double life: to his legal secretary wife, Helen, and his rebellious daughter Dana, he is a boring computer salesman often away on business trips, but in actuality, he is a secret agent for Omega Sector, a top-secret U.S. counterterrorism agency. Harry, along with his teammates Albert "Gib" Gibson and Faisil, infiltrate a party in Switzerland hosted by billionaire Jamal Khaled, where Harry meets beautiful art dealer Juno Skinner. Eventually they learn that Juno is not only Khaled's art dealer, but that she is being paid by an Islamic terrorism group called "Crimson Jihad", led by Salim Abu Aziz. Harry visits her undercover as a potential buyer to learn more, leading Aziz and his men to attempt to kill him. Harry fights them off, but loses Aziz in pursuit. As a result, he misses the birthday party that Helen and Dana had planned for him.


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    award Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Saturn Award for Best Director
    contentLocation Maryland Miami Miami metropolitan area Washington, D.C.
    director James Cameron
    editor Conrad Buff IV Mark Goldblatt Richard A. Harris
    events terrorism
    genre action comedy
    keywords arab states of the persian gulf art dealer birthday party bore build business trip car salesman climb counterterrorism custom double life end florida keys harrier jump jet hide hotel room islamic terrorism islamic terrorist kill load marine mirv multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle mysterious figure nuclear power nuclear war overseas highway persian gulf pick up rebellious daughter secret agent secret arrangement seven mile bridge tango terrify truth serum u.s. military united states marine corps us military used car salesman wait
    musicBy Brad Fiedel
    nomination Academy Award for Best Visual Effects BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
    producer James Cameron Stephanie Austin
    productionCompany Lightstorm Entertainment
    publisher 20th Century Fox Universal Pictures
    recordedAt Florida San Diego Switzerland Toronto
    theme action comedy chase spy comedy terrorism