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True Lies (1994)
Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Aziz (Art Malik). Harry's mission is complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is contemplating an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), a used-car salesman who claims he's a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.



The snow covered Alps stand out clearly in the light of a full

moon. A fortress-like CHATEAU is situated in a flat saddle of

forest partway up the mountain, next to a frozen lake. The

property is surrounded by high stone walls, and the stately

grounds are bathed in floodlights and patrolled by armed guards

with dogs.


The driveway and motorcourt are filled with cars. A formal-

dress party is in progress... a private reception for a middle-

eastern dignitary. Tuxedoes men escort their diamond-encrusted

ladies through the huge front doors, where they doff their

overcoats and are politely scanned with hand-held metal

detectors by white gloved security staffers.

The walled perimeter of the house runs along the lake, forming

a kind of rampart. There is an opening, to a kind of waterway

or canal, which connects to the private docks inside the

grounds. There is a steel grating across the opening. The

bars disappear down into the thin ice of early winter.

With the house visible BG, we CRANE DOWN below the parapet wall

along which a guard is a white exposure-suit is walking... down

along the dark wall to the grating... TILTING DOWN to see a

glow pulsing under the ice.


Camera moving toward: A FIGURE in diving gear working at the

metal bars with an oxygen arc cutting torch. One bar has

already been cut out. Two quick cuts and a second bar falls to

the muddy bottom. Lit now only from the floodlights filtering

down through the ice, the figure slips through the bars and

swims powerfully along the stone canal wall.

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James Cameron

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. more…

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