History Film / TrueLies

16th May '18 5:29:12 AM ErikModi
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Crimson Jihad.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Crimson Jihad. Lampshaded with Aziz's moniker:
-->'''Faisil''': They call him "The Sand Spider."\\
'''Spencer''': Why?\\
'''Faisil''': Probably because it sounds scary.
14th Apr '18 8:35:05 AM Frankencastle
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[[ForeignRemake Based upon the 1991 French movie]] "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103103 La Totale]]" by Claude Zidi, from which it kept most of the plot, transported it to the USA, and ran it in typical Hollywood style which, honestly, [[AdaptationDistillation tends to work pretty well for action comedy]]. It spawned a top-down shooter LicensedGame of same title on [[UsefulNotes/TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames fifth-generation consoles]] and the UsefulNotes/GameBoy.

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[[ForeignRemake Based upon the 1991 French movie]] "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103103 La Totale]]" by Claude Zidi, from which it kept most of the plot, transported it over to the USA, America, and ran it in typical Hollywood style which, honestly, [[AdaptationDistillation tends to work pretty well for action comedy]]. It spawned a top-down shooter LicensedGame of same title on [[UsefulNotes/TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames fifth-generation consoles]] and the UsefulNotes/GameBoy.
17th Mar '18 9:22:42 PM KizunaTallis
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A 1994 action comedy (bordering on parody) featuring (of course) Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, Creator/ElizaDushku [[RetroactiveRecognition as their daughter]], Tia Carrere as the FemmeFatale, Creator/CharltonHeston as [[DaChief Harry's boss]], Creator/BillPaxton as a sleazy womanizer, and Creator/TomArnold as Arnold's beleagured partner. Directed by Creator/JamesCameron, meaning there are some sweet explosions. While it's hardly high art, it's good popcorn fun, mostly because [[IndecisiveParody it can't really decide whether it's trying to be an action movie or a parody of same]], and so - possibly due to the infallible combination of Cameron and Schwarzenegger - [[TropesAreTools does]] ''[[TropesAreTools both]]'' [[TropesAreTools pretty darn well.]]

Arnold plays Harry Tasker, who his wife thinks is a mild-mannered computer salesman; in truth, he's a top agent for the clandestine Omega Sector, the United States "last line of defense". Helen, played by Curtis, resents the long "business trips" he takes, which make it hard for him to keep his appointments with the family. While Harry is off once more tracking a dangerous terrorist, he learns Helen has been [[YourCheatingHeart seeing someone on the side]]--a used car salesman pretending to be a spy.

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A 1994 action comedy (bordering on parody) featuring starring (of course) Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as the ActionHero, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis as the wife, Creator/ElizaDushku [[RetroactiveRecognition as their daughter]], Tia Carrere as the FemmeFatale, Creator/CharltonHeston as [[DaChief Harry's boss]], Creator/BillPaxton as a sleazy womanizer, and Creator/TomArnold as Arnold's beleagured beleaguered partner. Directed It's directed by Creator/JamesCameron, meaning there are some sweet explosions. While it's hardly high art, it's good popcorn fun, mostly because [[IndecisiveParody it can't really decide whether it's trying to be an action movie or a parody of same]], and so - possibly due to the infallible combination of Cameron and Schwarzenegger - [[TropesAreTools does]] ''[[TropesAreTools both]]'' [[TropesAreTools pretty darn well.]]

Arnold plays Harry Tasker, who his wife thinks is a mild-mannered computer salesman; in truth, he's a top agent for the clandestine Omega Sector, the United States States' "last line of defense". Helen, played by Curtis, resents the long "business trips" he takes, which make it hard for him to keep his appointments with the family. While Harry is off once more tracking a dangerous terrorist, he learns Helen has been [[YourCheatingHeart seeing someone on the side]]--a used car salesman pretending to be a spy.



Despite excitement over making a sequel from both Cameron and Schwarzennegger, plans were mired in DevelopmentHell by both Arnold's political tenure and the [[TooSoon September 11th attacks]]; there they eventually died. As an alternative, Cameron is rumored to be adapting it for television.

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Despite excitement over making a sequel from both Cameron and Schwarzennegger, Schwarzenegger wanting to make a sequel, plans were mired in DevelopmentHell by both Arnold's political tenure and the [[TooSoon September 11th attacks]]; there they eventually died. As an alternative, Cameron is rumored to be adapting it for television.



* AffectionateParody: Of the Action Movie genre, up to that point in cinema history. Ironically, it's now considered a proper action movie in its own right. Also of Schwarzenegger himself, as well as ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.

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* AffectionateParody: Of the Action Movie genre, up to that point in cinema history. Ironically, it's now considered a proper action movie in its own right. Also of [[SelfParody Schwarzenegger himself, himself]], as well as ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.



** From the many action movie RuleOfCool impossibilities, to having hi-rise buildings in Washington DC.

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** From the many action movie RuleOfCool impossibilities, impossibilities to having hi-rise buildings in Washington DC.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted when Helen gives Skinner a good slap, leaving a minute cut on her cheek, since her ring was diamond-side down.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted when Helen gives Skinner a good slap, leaving a minute cut on her cheek, cheek since her ring was diamond-side down.



** In the ActionPrologue Harry Tasker infiltrates a gala hosted by an Arab underworld figure in Switzerland in order to steal ForensicAccounting intelligence from the mark's computer. In {{homage}} to the opening of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', he sneaks in underwater with a tuxedo under his drysuit.

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** In the ActionPrologue ActionPrologue, Harry Tasker infiltrates a gala hosted by an Arab underworld figure in Switzerland in order to steal ForensicAccounting intelligence from the mark's computer. In an {{homage}} to the opening of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', he sneaks in underwater with a tuxedo under his drysuit.



** Averted. When Aziz walks into restroom with a gun and opens fire, Harry is in a perfect position for this... but instead he just leaves the unfortunate {{Mook|s}} to his doom and leaps for cover ''very'' quickly.
** Later on Harry uses the TortureTechnician as a human shield after threatening to do so but only to make the guard in the room hesitate from firing rather than absorb bullets.

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** Averted. When Aziz walks into the restroom with a gun and opens fire, Harry is in a perfect position for this... but instead he just leaves the unfortunate {{Mook|s}} to his doom and leaps for cover ''very'' quickly.
** Later on on, Harry uses the TortureTechnician as a human shield after threatening to do so but only to make the guard in the room hesitate from firing rather than absorb bullets.



** Helen, for the entire movie, just shy of being an ActionGirl. The first and biggest example? During the initial raid, while Simon is [[InelegantBlubbering pleading and crying]], she almost gets away from the trained operatives ''twice'', by a well-placed [[GroinAttack knee]] to Gib and biting Harry. Then, she almost spoils the following interrogation by breaking the glass with her stool. Later, she beats Harry to near-unconciousness with a telephone, almost knocks him out later, and almost turns her DesignatedGirlFight into a CurbStompBattle with a champagne bottle.

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** Helen, for the entire movie, just shy of being an ActionGirl. The first and biggest example? During the initial raid, while Simon is [[InelegantBlubbering pleading and crying]], she almost gets away from the trained operatives ''twice'', by a well-placed [[GroinAttack knee]] knee to Gib Gib's groin]] and biting Harry. Then, she almost spoils the following interrogation by breaking the glass with her stool. Later, she beats Harry to near-unconciousness near-unconsciousness with a telephone, almost knocks him out later, and almost turns her DesignatedGirlFight into a CurbStompBattle with a champagne bottle.



* DeadfootLeadfoot: The limo driver hits the gas permanently after getting shot in the head at the end.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: During the bathroom fight Harry shoots one of Aziz's mooks several times in the chest in the middle of wrestling with the other one for control of the gun. The shot mook spastically lets off a burst from his submachine gun that goes nowhere important.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone.
** Harry has plenty of snark to throw at his team mates and the situations he is in.

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* DeadfootLeadfoot: The limo driver hits the gas permanently after getting shot in the head at during Helen and Juno's fight on the end.
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* DeadMansTriggerFinger: During the bathroom fight fight, Harry shoots one of Aziz's mooks several times in the chest in the middle of wrestling with the other one for control of the gun. The shot mook spastically lets off a burst from his submachine gun that goes nowhere important.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone.
Everyone.
** Harry has plenty of snark to throw at his team mates teammates and the situations he is in.



* EvilPaysBetter: [[spoiler:Juno Skinner]] is OnlyInItForTheMoney:

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* EvilPaysBetter: [[spoiler:Juno Skinner]] Juno Skinner is OnlyInItForTheMoney:



'''[[spoiler:Juno:]]''' Because they're very well-funded raving psychotics.

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'''[[spoiler:Juno:]]''' '''Juno:''' Because they're very well-funded raving psychotics.



* IdiotBall: Harry grabs it by using his "Harry Rhenquist" I.D. at the hotel where he'd planned his romantic interlude with Helen...which allows Juno and her terrorist buddies to track Harry down and capture him and his wife. If he'd just used a new fake I.D. and credit card, they'd never have found him.

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* IdiotBall: Harry grabs it by using his "Harry Rhenquist" I.D. at the hotel where he'd planned his romantic interlude with Helen... which allows Juno and her terrorist buddies to track Harry down and capture him and his wife. If he'd just used a new fake I.D. and credit card, they'd never have found him.



* LetsGetDangerous: Faisil, the geeky junior agent, gets to have a moment of true bad-assery. Faisil is skinny, inexperienced, geeky, and absolutely the type of character who usually ends up a Sacrificial Lamb. He ends up taking out three of the terrorists by himself in a smooth bit of gunplay that ends with him blowing across the end of his gun, James Bond style after walking into the terrorist's den disguised as a TV cameraman.
* LighterAndSofter: This movie is easily the least dark and violent collaboration between Schwarzenegger and James Cameron.

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* LetsGetDangerous: Faisil, the geeky junior agent, gets to have a moment of true bad-assery. Faisil is skinny, inexperienced, geeky, and absolutely the type of character who usually ends up a Sacrificial Lamb.SacrificialLamb. He ends up taking out three of the terrorists by himself in a smooth bit of gunplay that ends with him blowing across the end of his gun, James Bond style after walking into the terrorist's den disguised as a TV cameraman.
* LighterAndSofter: This movie ''True Lies'' is easily the least just as violent, but a lot less dark and violent compared to the last collaboration between Schwarzenegger and James Cameron.Cameron, ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', having a stronger emphasis on being plain popcorn-munching fun and self-aware humor.



* MatingDance: The tango scenes, which was actually an attempt by secret agent Harry Tasker to evade the bad guys despite his flirtatious banter with Juno (because they couldn't shoot him in a room full of people). Harry's partner puts it quite succintly after he's done dancing with her that she's ready to have his kids.

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* MatingDance: The tango scenes, which was actually an attempt by secret agent Harry Tasker to evade the bad guys despite his flirtatious banter with Juno (because they couldn't shoot him in a room full of people). Harry's partner puts it quite succintly succinctly after he's done dancing with her that she's ready to have his kids.kids.
* MiddleEasternTerrorists: The Crimson Jihad group. Notably, they predate the WarOnTerror time period.



-->'''Gib:''' Y'know what? ...I'm sick of being the one in the van. You guys are gonna be in the van next time.

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-->'''Gib:''' Y'know what? ...what? I'm sick of being the one in the van. You guys are gonna be in the van next time.



* OnlyInItForTheMoney: [[spoiler:Juno Skinner]] is only aiding the terrorists in exchange for an enormous amount of money. This includes enduring slaps to the face.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: [[spoiler:Juno Skinner]] Juno Skinner is only aiding the terrorists in exchange for an enormous amount of money. This includes enduring slaps to the face.



* ProgressivelyPrettier: In the epilogue [[spoiler: Helen's mousy appearance has become more glamorous. She's no longer wearing glasses and her hair is longer. Presumably she's expected to be more glamorous as a spy]].

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* ProgressivelyPrettier: In the epilogue [[spoiler: Helen's epilogue, [[spoiler:Helen's mousy appearance has become more glamorous. She's no longer wearing glasses and her hair is longer. Presumably she's expected to be more glamorous as a spy]].



* RipTailoring: Helen rips off the frilly sleeves and collar of her dress, and shortens it considerably, when preparing to meet a suspected arms dealer.

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* RipTailoring: Helen rips off the frilly sleeves and collar of her dress, and shortens it considerably, considerably when preparing to unknowingly meet Harry, who's pretending to be a suspected black market arms dealer.



** Harry's 'tuxedo under a diving suit' method of infiltrating a party at the beginning of the film was done by Sean Connery's Bond at the beginning of {{Film/Goldfinger}}

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** Harry's 'tuxedo under a diving suit' method of infiltrating a party at the beginning of the film was done by Sean Connery's Bond at the beginning of {{Film/Goldfinger}} ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.



* YourCheatingHeart: This drives half the plot of the movie. Harry discovers that his wife has been having an affair behind his back, but it's a subversion. The guy she was "cheating" with is a loser who was trying to get Helen to sleep with him, but she never does. Nonetheless Harry uses his spy agency's resources to bust her in the middle of meeting with the man he thinks she was cheating with, and recruits her (without disclosing his own identity) so she can have some excitement in her life.

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* YourCheatingHeart: This drives half the plot of the movie. Harry discovers that his wife has been having an affair behind his back, but it's a subversion. The guy she was "cheating" with is a loser who was trying pretending to be a spy to get Helen to sleep with him, but she never does. Nonetheless Nonetheless, Harry uses his spy agency's resources to bust her in the middle of meeting with the man he thinks she was cheating with, and recruits her (without disclosing his own identity) so she can have some excitement in her life.
13th Mar '18 9:38:49 AM x_countryguy
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''[[OhCrap Samir gives shocked expression look and gasps in horror]]. Harry proceeds to do exactly what he had just said he would]].''

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''[[OhCrap ''[[[OhCrap Samir gives shocked expression look and gasps in horror]]. Harry proceeds to do exactly what he had just said he would]].would].''
8th Mar '18 8:35:41 PM Skylite
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* PartingFromConsciousnessWords: When Aziz's men tranquilize Helen. [[CurseCutShort "That hurt, you ba--" *clunk*]]

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* PartingFromConsciousnessWords: When Aziz's men tranquilize Helen. [[CurseCutShort "That hurt, you ba--" bi--" *clunk*]]
8th Mar '18 8:30:48 PM Skylite
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%%* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself


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* ImpairmentShot:
** When Harry and Helen are captured, they're both drugged. Harry lasts five seconds longer and we get a [=POV=] shot of his view going blurry and dark.
** While in the clutches of the terrorists, Harry looks up at the torture specialist. We see him all blurry, but Harry has mostly shaken off the sodium pentothal.
8th Mar '18 8:23:44 PM Skylite
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Added DiffLines:

* DramaticDrop: Inverted, as it's PlayedForLaughs: Helen, in her guide as substitute prostitute, sexy dances at the request of the guy Harry is pretending to be. He gets so engrossed and turned on watching her that he drops the tape recorder he's been using to feed her commands.
8th Mar '18 8:15:38 PM Skylite
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* AdrenalineMakeover: Helen slicks down her hair and rips up her dress to look sexier for her first spy assignment.

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* AdrenalineMakeover: Frumpy Helen slicks down becomes faux-sexy while she believes she's WorkingOffTheDebt, but the real adventure with her hair and rips up her dress to look sexier for her first spy assignment.husband awakens something in her. By the end of the film, Helen is genuinely sexy, romance with Harry rekindled.
5th Mar '18 8:47:33 AM megarotic
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** FridgeBrilliance: Of course, if Harry ''hadn't'' been captured, he never would have found the terrorists and the nukes in time. Also, the whole experience helped reinvigorate his marriage and improve his relationship with his daughter.
5th Mar '18 8:28:50 AM megarotic
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* IdiotBall: Harry grabs it by using his "Harry Rhenquist" I.D. at the hotel where he'd planned his romantic interlude with Helen...which allows Juno and her terrorist buddies to track Harry down and capture him and his wife. If he's just used a new fake I.D. and credit card, they'd never have found him.

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* IdiotBall: Harry grabs it by using his "Harry Rhenquist" I.D. at the hotel where he'd planned his romantic interlude with Helen...which allows Juno and her terrorist buddies to track Harry down and capture him and his wife. If he's he'd just used a new fake I.D. and credit card, they'd never have found him.
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