True Lies

Factual error: The terrorist with the AK47 is unaware of the fact that a Harrier is hovering just outside the window until he slowly turns and see it there. He does a double take when he sees the Harrier just five metres away! A Harrier is an incredibly loud aircraft; you can hear them from three kilometers away. At that range the floor would shake with the noise and he would have been in no doubt whatever that he had been under attack for some time.

Factual error: Schwarzenegger flies the Harrier without ear protection of any kind. I was fifty metres from one at the Farnborough Air-show, and I can tell you that after landing he (and his daughter) would be both stone deaf. Yes, they are THAT loud. (02:02:00)

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Revealing mistake: During the scene where Arnold's character is escaping from the mansion at the beginning of the movie, there is a part where he is running down a snowy hill through trees. At one point during the hill scene, Arnold does a flip head first. When he lands the flip, you can clearly see the stunt double's face as he turns to shoot at more bad guys. (00:13:30)

Revealing mistake: During the hotel scene where Arnold is on the horse chasing the bad guy on the motorcycle, keep your eye on the carpet. As the bike clears a path through the lobby, you can see tyre marks all over the carpet where this shot has been practised many times. (00:36:00)

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Suggested correction: I watched a few times but I'm not convinced. I did see "tracks", but they were not the same (or as obvious) as the fresh tracks. I also saw lines running perpendicular in spots. Some of the lines may not have been "practice tracks", but indentations from the food service carts on wheels and others appeared to be from foot traffic. Still others could have been left from vacuuming. At times, I could not see any tracks that might/should have been left. Another opinion would be nice.


I see the tracks the poster is referring to. Right before the band gets interrupted, and again in the lobby of the other building (with the elevator) when the bike is turning. This is right before Tasker's team shoots a single shot at him. There are definite practice marks on the floor. The tracks in the first hotel are harder to see but far more obvious in the second building.




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Deliberate mistake: In the scene where the bad guy is attached to the missile and fired, in the split second before it hits the helicopter you can see below it a building called SUN BANK, but the letters are backwards. A close look reveals the likely reason - to the right of the reversed building is one which looks just like the building to the LEFT of the Sun Bank building behind the harrier a few seconds earlier. Most likely they couldn't film the chopper from the right side because there was a building there (the one the camera flies through), so they filmed it from the other side (the same side they'd filmed the harrier from), catching the "Sun Bank" behind, then had to flip it to have everything facing the right way. (02:06:55)

Audio problem: In the public restroom fight, Arnold slams one of the bad guys head into the ceramic urinal. Although you hear two loud and clear "klonks", the urinal bends when Arnold presses the bad guy's head down. [Only visible in the pan and scan version.] (00:31:55)

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Revealing mistake: During the shoot-out in the restroom, the villain fires shots down the length of stalls. Then as he walks down kicking each door open there is a shot from inside one of the stalls. You can see where the explosives were taped to the back of the door to make the gun shoot holes. There is residue on the back of the door and all of these rectangular clean area where the holes ended up being. (00:31:50)

Revealing mistake: When Helen Tasker pretends to be the hooker, Doris, at the hotel room, she does a striptease and you can see a burn scar on her right hip from a childhood accident. Then it is gone during closeups, as a body double is used.

Factual error: When the terrorist leader has fired his gun at the toilets you can see and count the bullet holes. A AK-74SU magazine holds 30 rounds yet there are about 100 bullet holes in the toilets. (00:32:40)

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Revealing mistake: After the bathroom shootout, when Harry Tasker has his team contain the terrorist leader in front of the building they're about to chase through, just before the terrorist rides the motorcycle through the front door, if you watch carefully, you can very clearly spot Arnold Schwarzenegger's double on the horse. (00:35:35 - 00:36:40)

Continuity mistake: Throughout the limo chase scene, Tia's scratch on her face disappears and changes from cheek to cheek. (01:49:10 - 01:56:00)

Continuity mistake: When the bad guy rides the motorbike through a kitchen door two servants drop some food on the floor. When Harry rides his horse through the door there is nothing on the floor. [Only visible in pan and scan version]. (00:36:30)

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Harry brings Helen's purse to Gibbs in the van, it is raining very hard. When Harry is standing along side of the van talking to Gibbs who is in the van, he is not getting wet and there is no rain falling when the camera is facing in towards the van. However, when the camera angle is facing out away from the van, it is pouring rain and Harry is getting wet. (00:49:15)

Revealing mistake: When Arnie's interrogating his wife, Tom Arnold says "but he's not exactly ringing your bell these days", and you can see the audio monitor on the left peaking as he speaks. It then goes flat a second or two before Arnie covers the microphone up. (01:06:00)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Harry is trying to get the truth from Gibb about Helen's phone conversation, the van pulls over and the wheels are facing to the right. They get out and talk and Harry then punches the window through. As they get back in the van and pull away, the wheels are facing the opposite direction. (00:56:55)

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie, at Switzerland, Harry has just ran & tumbled in the snow, but doesn't show a speck of snow anywhere on him. (00:13:40)

Factual error: At the start, when Schwarzenegger leaves the party to steal the computer evidence, when he turns on the computer you can clearly hear the Macintosh start up sound, but when he looks at the computer screen it is the Windows loading screen. It's not a case of changing the sound files - PCs make no noise before Windows is fully loaded except perhaps the initial beep. (00:07:15)

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the movie, during the scene were Arnold is being chased by the 2 Dobermans, the dogs jump up to get him and he knocks them out by bashing their heads together. Look closely as the dogs fall because you will see that they are obviously two rubber figures of dogs and bounce when they land. (00:12:10)

Factual error: Throughout the entire movie, Arnold and Tom are always riding in the GM S-series SUV. The thing about these vehicles is that they came with different side view mirrors and if you look close enough during all the shots with the SUV, the side mirrors on the side change, from small ones to big square ones, showing that two different GM S-series SUVs were used throughout the movie.

Continuity mistake: The scene in the SUV where Harry asks Tom Arnold 'if there is anything new', and he answers 'no', you see that they were driving straight, but when the camera does a wide shot, you would see a building directly behind them which means they would have been driving through the building.

Gib: Women. Can't live with 'em. Can't kill 'em.

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Trivia: In the scene when Arnold has rescued Jamie Lee Curtis from the limo and she is flying over the ocean from Arnold's hand, Curtis is actually the one doing that stunt.

T Poston

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Suggested correction: Not true: Donna Keegan performed the stunt. Https://

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Question: Was this film a box office hit, did it flop or simply break even? I have heard nothing about it being a huge money-maker. And of all James Cameron's films, it seems to have gotten the least mention (the controversial strip tease scene might be one reason). So I was wondering if someone could clarify it once and for all?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: True Lies did well, earning about $379m worldwide from a $100m+ budget, the first movie to have a production budget that high. It was the third highest grossing movie of 1994.

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Answer: There was supposed to be a sequel but after 9/11. Middle East Terrorism seemed in poor taste to James Cameron.

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