★★★★☆ USA. 2h21m. Action / Comedy. Directed by James Cameron. Written by James Cameron (screenplay) and James Cameron, Randall Frakes (story) and Claude Zidi, Simon Michaël, Didier Kaminka (“La Totale!”). Cinematography by Russell Carpenter. Edited by Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt, Richard A. Harris. Music by Brad Fiedel. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, Tia Carrere, Eliza Dushku, Charlton Heston.
Based on the 1991 French comedy film La Totale! The film follows U.S. government agent Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), who struggles to balance his life as a spy with his familial duties.
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.