"To Cameron, moviemaking isn't just a business, it's an adventure. 'I like to keep challenging myself,' he says, 'so I try different things. And a lot of the things I like to try are expensive. I will say what I say about every budget: the price of a ticket is $7.50, and you're getting a lot of movie for it. End of story."
- Richard Corliss, TIME, July 18, 1994
New York Times - 07/15/1994
"...Cameron's latest, giddiest roller-coaster ride....TRUE LIES brings out the gentler, funnier side of [Schwarzenegger and Curtis]....Sensational..."
USA Today - 07/15/1994
"...TRUE LIES explodes onscreen like a Molotov cocktail that's been shaken and stirred..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly -
"...An elaborately scaled comic suspense thriller....A likably disposable pop cocktail..." -- Rating: B+
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/15/1994
"...The director, James Cameron, is a master of action, and when he's doing his thing, no one does it better....On the basis of stunts, special effects and pure action, it delivers sensationally..."
Secret agent Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a busy man; when he's not saving the world from terrorists, he's under cover as a boring computer salesman, juggling the everyday needs of his wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), and his daughter. While Harry and his partner, Gib (Tom Arnold), work to stop a gang of international terrorists from getting their hands on missing nuclear weapons, Helen, feeling neglected, begins a covert affair with a sleazy used car salesman pretending to be a spy. When Harry finds out, he decides to give Helen a lesson in spy games, which backfires when the couple is kidnapped and stuck in the middle of an international terrorist crisis. Director James Cameron topped his previous spectaculars with this action-comedy extravaganza (the most expensive film ever made before TITANIC), featuring amazing stunts and special effects. Actual Harrier jets were hired from the U.S Air Force for their sequence, while production dangled from a skyscraper over the streets of Miami for the amazing climax. TRUE LIES is based on a 1991 French spy comedy entitled LA TOTALE! (Translation: THE JACKPOT).