True Lies (1994)
I don’t know if this is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best action movie, but I believe it may be my personal favorite. This is a good example of a very smart dumb movie. Arnold plays an American version of James Bond by night, and a normal loving boring husband day, to his wife played by the smoking hot at the time Jamie Lee Curtis. Arnold’s sidekick here is played capably by Tom Arnold in one of the few parts he’s made me not want to punch him in the face for. The story is beside the point. It’s the usual terrorists and a huge nuke going to blow up some interchangeable US City unless they receive some ungodly amount of money. What makes this one work is the audacity and style of the movie, and also a good dose of sex appeal provided by the aforementioned Curtis and also the lovely Tia Carrere. Also, Bill Paxton nearly steals the movie with his hilarious performance as a used car salesman who gets his jollies seducing bored housewives by pretending to be a secret agent. A scene with him and Arnold testing out on his faster model vehicles goes about the way you’d suspect, but that’s only the beginning of the fun. There’s a whole lot to love here in terms of ridiculous action including an extended automobile chase scene with Arnold on a police horse attempting to jump off a skyscraper, and a grand finale with a terrorist taking an “Dr. Strangelove” ride off of an active missile to meet his just deserts.
The movie is an action movie directed by James Cameron. The movie is co-produced by Cameron and Stephanie Austin. The movie is loosely based on the French film, La Totale, which was directed by Claude Zidi. The movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox in the regions of North America under Universal Pictures globally. The movie was a box-office hit and earned more than $378 million. Jamie Lee Curtis who played the role of Helen Tasker won the Best Actress Award from the Golden Globe in the category of Musical/Comedy in 1994 for her performance. Click to find out more about this movie.
Arnold has never looked classier, had better comic timing, or better people to work with than he had here. While this is not quite as iconic some of his other stuff, this for me, is one of his most fun outings for sure.