True Lies is a 1994 action comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Tasker, a husband who has kept his life as a covert government agent secret from his wife and daughter until a mission involving the theft of a nuclear device threatens to expose his cover. Based on the 1991 French comedy La Totale!, the film was directed by James Cameron and co-starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Tia Carrere, Grant Heslov, Eliza Dushku, and Charlton Heston. True Lies was at the time the most expensive film ever produced, and the first with a budget exceeding $100 million (in both cases without adjusting for inflation). It was originally planned to be the first in a Bond-style lighthearted spy franchise with a 2002 release date hinted at for True Lies 2. However, Cameron cancelled all such plans after 9/11, saying he felt terrorism was no longer something to be taken lightly. True Lies was later adapted as a 2023 television series that premiered on CBS and starred Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga.
The following weapons were used in the film True Lies:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
The Ruger KP90 is the apparent standard-issue sidearm of the agents working out of Omega Sector, the association that employs Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the pistol is seen being carried by him, Albert "Gibb" Gibson (Tom Arnold), and Faisil (Grant Heslov) in many scenes. Tasker notably uses it when combating Salim Abu Aziz (Art Malik) in the public restroom and the proceeding chase through Central Park and the Marriot hotel.
The actual screen-used Ruger KP90 .45 ACP from True Lies
. This weapon was actually handled and fired by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger
) fires his Ruger KP90 at the Steyr TMP-wielding terrorist in the bathroom.
Tasker's Ruger KP90
on the floor of the bathroom before he kicks it away.
Tasker fires his KP90 at Azziz as he runs from the bathroom.
Albert "Gibb" Gibson (Tom Arnold
) and Faisil (Grant Heslov
) aim their Ruger KP90s at Aziz near the fountain in the Marriot hotel.
"Would you press the button for the top floor please?"
Tasker armed with his KP90 as he rides the elevator to the top of the Marriott hotel while on horseback .
Tasker holding his Ruger KP90
while riding the elevator.
In the beginning of the film, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) uses a Glock 19 pistol to shoot the guards pursuing him from the mansion. In the script, the gun was classified as a Glock 21 (The script called it a .45 ACP), but it was changed to a Glock 19 for the film, likely due to the larger magazine capacity. He was supposed to use the Glock throughout the whole film, but he instead uses a Ruger KP90.
Glock 19 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
Harry Tasker fires his Glock 19
at the pursuing guards.
Here, Tasker keeps his thumb layered over his dominant hand, which is a good way to get slide bit.
Tasker fires his Glock 19 while sliding down the hill. Here Arnold is obviously being doubled, also note how the stunt double uses a different cup-and-saucer grip.
Arnold's stunt double fires the Glock 19.
During the bathroom scene, Yusif (Ofer Samra) attempts to kill Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) with a sound suppressed Makarov PM, but thanks to the camera in the fake cigarette package on the bathroom sink, he is able to see the attack coming from his glasses, and avoids the shot, and he then disarms Yusif using it.
Silenced Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Yusif sneaks into the bathroom armed with his suppressed Makarov PM
Yusif (Ofer Samra) levels his Makarov PM on Tasker.
Tasker ducks just in time.
This shot shows the distinct Makarov decocker and trigger guard shape, distinguishing it from a Walther PP
Daisy Model 93 air pistol (S&W 659 replica)
In the briefcase of Simon (Bill Paxton), Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds what appears a pistol that closely resembles a Smith & Wesson 659. Later, the pistol appears to have been a Daisy Model 93 air gun.
A Daisy Model 93 air pistol.
Helen finds the air pistol in Simon's briefcase.
Simon (Bill Paxton
) uses the air pistol to shoot BB's at a paper target.
Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) pulls a Beretta 92FS to interrogate Simon (Bill Paxton). One of the Crimson Jihad terrorists that captures Tasker and Helen is also seen armed with one.
"I'm actually a total coward, if I ever saw a gun I'd -- oh God! Oh, please don't kill me!"
Simon shows Tasker how legitimate of a spy he is.
Simon cowers and wets himself at the sight of Tasker's gun.
The terrorist with his Beretta 92FS.
Juno Skinner (Tia Carrere) carries as her sidearm of choice a Beretta 92SB-C. She uses it to hold Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis) hostage in a limousine and they struggle for it; a stray shot fired during the brawl kills the driver and sends the limo out of control on the bridge in Florida.
"Would you like one?"
Juno (Tia Carrere
) pours champagne while holding her 92SB-C on Helen.
Juno and Helen struggle for the gun during the film's catfight.
Helen tries to grab the Beretta 92SB-C off of the roof of the limo after knocking Juno out with the champagne bottle.
Heckler & Koch P7M8
Faisil (Grant Heslov) pulls a Heckler & Koch P7M8 hidden in a video camera during the shootout in the office tower.
Heckler & Koch P7M8 - 9x19mm
Faisil pulls the H&K P7M8.
Heckler & Koch P9S
One of the terrorists carries a Heckler & Koch P9S while guarding Harry (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the torture chamber. Harry also takes the pistol after the guard has an encounter with a meat hook.
Heckler & Koch P9S - 9x19mm
Tasker wields a terrorist's Heckler & Koch P9S as he escapes the torture room with Helen.
Tasker draws the P9S after his AKM runs dry, but soon has it knocked away by the big terrorist in the muscle shirt entering the shot. This appears to be a rubber prop pistol based on the different style sights and the fact it is knocked to the ground in the next shot.
One of the terrorists that captures Harry and Helen is armed with a Browning Hi-Power.
Browning Hi-Power with target sights - 9x19mm
A terrorist grabs Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis
) while armed with his Browning Hi-Power.
The terrorist holds his Browning Hi-Power on Helen.
The terrorist drags Helen from the room.
One of the terrorists guarding Harry (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) is armed with an M1911A1.
A terrorist helps carry the nuclear weapon with an M1911A1 in his holster.
The M1911A1 is seen on the right.
On the right, the terrorist aims his M1911A1 at Tasker.
The terrorist picks up Tasker while holding his M1911A1
to his back.
Janice (Jane Morris), the receptionist at the Omega Sector, has a cocked-and-locked Taurus PT99 strapped to the bottom of her desk in a paddle holster, should an enemy attempt to break into the facility.
Taurus PT99, older model - 9x19mm
A Taurus PT99 strapped to the bottom of Janice's desk. 'The last line of defense', Indeed.
While never seen in use, a Desert Eagle of unknown model is seen in Harry Tasker's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) shoulder holster when he is being X-Rayed by his agency's security system.
IMI Desert Eagle Mark VII - .357 Magnum
A Desert Eagle is seen in Tasker's shoulder holster through the X-Ray scanner. This is strange since he is seen with a Ruger KP90
in his holster in all other scenes.
While fighting their way through the Crimson Jihad camp, Harry (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hands Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) a MAC-10 he took off a terrorist. In one of the film's more humorous scenes, Helen drops the weapon down a flight of stairs causing it to go off when it hits each step, the stray rounds scoring several kills. This scene was re-created on Mythbusters and thoroughly debunked.
MAC-10 as used by Jamie Lee Curtis in the film - 9x19mm. When the gun fell down the flight of stairs, wire was wrapped around the trigger to get the effect.
Harry hands Helen the MAC-10.
Helen tries to fire the MAC-10 at the terrorists, but the muzzle climb is too great for her to handle and she accidentally drops the weapon.
The MAC-10 falls down the stairs, firing off rounds as it hits each step.
runs dry and settles on the last step.
Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger
) unloads a pair of MAC-10s with a cool looking crossed-arms stance, which can't be tactically sound - This stance does, however, cut off the length the arms are spread out, making shooting more comfortable for the shooter.
Tasker fires off two MAC-10s with his arms cross-linked. This is good for keeping the guns side-by-side, but allows the shell casing to eject above the gun next to it and not bounce off of it.
Heckler & Koch HK94A3 (chopped & converted)
When Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and several other agents capture Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Simon (Bill Paxton) for interrogation, they are armed with Heckler & Koch HK94A3s chopped down and converted to full-auto fire to resemble Heckler & Koch MP5A3s. They are also seen in the hands of the SWAT team members escorting the news reporters to the terrorists in the skyscraper.
Heckler & Koch HK94A3 - chopped and converted to resemble an MP5A3 - 9x19mm
Gibson (Tom Arnold
) grabs Helen with his HK94A3 slung at his side.
A SWAT team member armed with an HK94A3.
Heckler & Koch SP89
The guards pursuing Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) at the beginning of the film are armed with Heckler & Koch SP89s mocked up as MP5Ks by adding MP5K foregrips and converting them to full auto fire. A number of the SP89s were fitted with attachments at the pistol grip for fitting Maxabeam lanterns.
Heckler & Koch SP89 - mocked-up as MP5K - 9x19mm
A guard fires his SP89 at Tasker while on a snow mobile. It seems somewhat strange that the German guards would be using Arctic Cats, which are American snow mobiles.
A guard fires his H&K SP89 while pursuing Tasker on skis.
One of the Crimson Jihad terrorists (Max Daniels) that Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) kills in the bathroom scene is armed with a Steyr TMP in one of its first on-screen appearances.
TRIVIA: The actor playing the terrorist, Max Daniels, later appeared in Heat, in which he played a bad guy who gets killed by Robert De Niro while also firing a Steyr TMP.
The terrorist is shot by Tasker before he can use his Steyr TMP.
Like most Hollywood bad guys, his last impulse is to empty the magazine at nothing in particular before falling dead.
Many terrorists in the film are seen wielding Cobray M11/9 pistols, converted to full auto and some fitted with wire stocks.
The limo driver holds a Cobray M11/9 on Helen after she punches Harry when he reveals to her he is a spy.
Crimson Jihad terrorists chant and fire their weapons into the air, many of them Cobray M11/9s.
A terrorist is shot by Tasker and falls back firing his M11/9.
An Uzi is briefly seen in the hands of a terrorist following Aziz (Art Malik) when he goes to meet Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) after him and his wife are captured by the faction.
On the left, the terrorist behind Aziz is armed with an IMI Uzi.
Rifles / Carbines
Custom Shortened AKMS
Salim Abu Aziz (Art Malik) can often be seen using a Custom Shortened AKMS with two magazines taped together "jungle-style" as his primary weapon. It appears to have had the barrel professionally shortened to compact status, and clearly uses the hooded Norinco front sight, as well as other parts from both the Norinco Type 56 and the AKMS.
Custom Shortened AKMS similar to the one used in the film - built from Norinco Type 56
parts - 7.62x39mm. Unlike the gun in the film, the underfolding stock is still attached to this model. It also has a slightly longer front end.
Aziz (Art Malik
) draws his custom shortened AKMS out from his coat.
Aziz fires his shortened AKMS at Tasker as he dives into the second half of the bathroom.
Aziz keeps his shortened AKMS
at the ready while searching for Tasker, hiding in one of the stalls.
Tasker (stunt double) dives from the last stall as Aziz searches the other ones.
Aziz aims his shortened AKMS at Dana (Eliza Dushku
) as she climbs farther out onto the crane neck.
Aziz drops his shortened AKMS
, which snags on the tail of the Harrier jet Tasker is flying.
Aziz picks up his AKMS and chambers it, even though it should have already had a round in the chamber since he was firing it before.
"Take this plane down, now!"
Aziz (Art Malik
) threatens Tasker with his AKMS moments before his demise
A weapon heavily used by the Crimson Jihad terrorists is the AKM assault rifle. Tasker commandeers several AKMs as he makes his escape from the terrorist's camp.
A terrorist chants and fires his AKM into the air.
A terrorist prepares to disassemble an AKM before being killed by Tasker.
Tasker shoots out the lights with his AKM.
A terrorist fires his AKM
at a Harrier jet (which has to be one of the most stupid things ever attempted).
Two terrorists armed with AKMs in the skyscraper.
Colt AR-15 Sporter II Carbine (mocked up as XM177E2)
When Albert Gibson (Tom Arnold) and several other agents come to the ruined terrorist camp to get Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger), they are seen armed with Colt AR-15 Sporter II Carbines mocked up as XM177E2 Carbines by adding a mock flash hider.
Colt AR-15 Sporter I mocked up as Colt XM177E2 Commando - 5.56x45mm NATO
An agent searches the camp armed with a AR-15 Sporter II mocked up as an XM177 variant.
Gibb with a mocked up Sporter II Carbine.
Heckler & Koch HK91A3
Some of the men guarding the mansion at the beginning of the film are seen armed with Heckler & Koch HK91A3 rifles, as noted by their collapsing stocks, standing in for Heckler & Koch G3A4s.
Heckler & Koch HK91A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A guard on patrol with a stock-collapsed Heckler & Koch HK91A3.
A guard shot by Tasker falls with his stock-collapsed HK91A3 in hand.
A Miami-Dade police officer is seen aiming an Ithaca 37 shotgun when the remains of a terrorist helicopter crash down on top of a police cruiser.
An officer is seen to the left of the screen aiming an Ithaca 37 shotgun. The officer fleeing the crashed helicopter is armed with a Beretta 92FS
Near the end of the film when Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) goes to rescue his daughter Dana (Eliza Dushku) from the terrorists in a Marine Corps Harrier, some terrorists flying by in a helicopter fire a door mounted M60 machine gun modified to use a brass catcher at the aircraft, and shatter the front of the cockpit's windshield while Tasker is trying to grab his daughter as she hangs from a construction crane. The M60 machine gun had the fore-end removed and the catch bag mount installed to use the brass catcher on the M60 but retained the standard butt stock and trigger group.
M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A terrorist fires a door mounted M60 machine gun modified to use a brass catcher from a helicopter.
Mk II Hand Grenade
At one point in the film, Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) uses a Mk II Hand Grenade to kill several terrorists. For those wondering where this grenade came from, it was originally in the script that Juno put a grenade between Helen's legs, saying all she has to do is keep her legs closed, which Helen remarks is a problem Juno seems to have. When the two escape, Harry re-pinned the grenade using Helen's diamond earring for use again later. This was cut from the film, causing this grenade's presence to appear to be a continuity error, however the scene remains in the True Lies novelization by Dewey Gram & Duane Dell'Amico. This grenade, complete with the earring in place of the pin, is prominently visible on many of the posters for the movie and on the region 2 DVD cover.
Upon closer inspection, the Mk II grenade is visible between Helen's legs.
Tasker arms the grenade with his teeth.
Tasker spits out the earring and flips off the spoon primer handle before chucking the grenade.
The grenade lands around a cluster of conveniently placed flammable gas cans.
At the end of the firefight in the Crimson Jihad camp, Salim Abu Aziz (Art Malik) uses an M72A2 LAW to try to kill Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger), although Harry is able to escape the blast by diving into the ocean.
Aziz takes aim with the M72A2 LAW rocket launcher.
Aziz fires the M72A2 LAW. Note how the wire line used to guide the prop rocket's path is visible.
When the USMC Harriers are cleared to destroy the trucks the Crimson Jihad and the nukes are traveling in, one of the terrorists attempts to shoot down one of the planes with an FIM-92 Stinger, but another terrorist is blown out the windshield of the truck by the backblast.
FIM-92 Stinger with IFF interrogator - 70mm
Two terrorists pull out an FIM-92 launcher to combat the Harrier jets.
A terrorist flips up the sights. It is quite correct for them to not bother to unfold the IFF antenna, since they probably do not care if the aircraft currently trying to kill them is friendly or not and without the IFF interrogator attached to the launcher it would not do anything anyway.
The terrorist fires the FIM-92 at the Harrier jets, and inadvertently kills another terrorist with the backblast. Note that the Stinger's gripstock changes from a real one with a mounting latch in the image above to a flat-fronted prop one here: this prop also has a diagonal bar or piston to keep the sight in position, which is not a feature of a real Stinger. It should be noted in reality, the backblast would have killed every single person in the van, or at least severely wounded them.
General Dynamics GAU-12/U
When Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) takes off in a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jet, he uses its General Dynamics GAU-12/U 25mm rotary cannon to great effect when demolishing the 23rd floor of the skyscraper, and later uses it again in his attempt to shoot down the terrorist helicopter. US Marine pilots are previously seen also using the weapon to destroy a truck being driven by Crimson Jihad terrorists on the Key Bridge.
Three real, armed USMC Harrier IIs of Marine Attack Squadron 223 (VMA-223, "Bulldogs") participated in the filming for a fee totalling $100,736: two aircraft, WP-03 and WP-16, are identifiable in the film, with the third presumably hired in case something went wrong with one of the others. In scenes where Schwarzenegger is shown flying the plane, though, it is instead a full-size fiberglass replica with no working parts aside from the acetylene-powered guns: the canopy and landing gear of this replica are spare parts from a real USMC Harrier II. This prop was variously shot on a soundstage with greenscreen effects and filmed on location, in the latter case being puppeteered from a tower crane on one of the nearby buildings which was painted out with CG in post-production.
The prop aircraft was left in the desert after filming wrapped to preserve it and was essentially abandoned until being recovered and refurbished for the filming of The Avengers in 2012: it is the aircraft that Hulk lands on when he is knocked back by Thor during the fight scene on the Helicarrier, being replaced with a CGI version of itself for the following shot where Hulk pulls off its wing. Following this it was purchased and repaired by the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois, where it is currently on display.
General Dynamics GAU-12/U with unfired rounds - 25mm
A shot of the Harrier's left and right pods, the left containing the GE GAU-12/U, the right containing 300 rounds of 25mm ammunition.
Tasker unleashes hell on the 23rd floor.
Tasker sweeps the 23rd floor of everything living with the 25mm cannon.
The GAU-12/U firing at the terrorist helicopter. The muzzle blast was obtained with a jet of ignited gas.
The Soviet nuclear warhead used by the terrorists is a prop which appears to be based on the U.S. MK-12A. Its SS-22 "Mirv-6" designation is also fictional.