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The Terminator (1984)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  26 October 1984 (USA)
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A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.


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A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector - Kyle Reese - also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg ? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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La sua missione e una sola: distruggere, uccidere... (Its mission and only one: to destroy, to kill...) (Italian DVD) See more »


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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Terminator  »

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$6,400,000 (estimated)


$38,400,000 (USA)

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When O.J. Simpson was still in the running to play the Terminator, a mockup movie poster was done with him instead. See more »


In the tunnel after ditching the car Sarah realizes that Kyle is wounded and dresses his wound, which Kyle comments on as being a pass-through wound. After spending the night in the tunnel, upon leaving, the bandage has no blood on it. Yet, later, after Kyle returns to the motel with supplies, they bandage is saturated with blood. See more »


[first lines]
[the garbage truck's engine stops]
Truck Driver: What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits run while large outlines of the two halves of THE TERMINATOR cross each other. After the last directorial credit is shown, the title THE TERMINATOR zooms backward, is filled by metallic blue, and reveals itself. See more »


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An excellent film, highly original
30 January 2005 | by (someplace) – See all my reviews

Terminator is an extremely low budget movie. In fact, just about everything used in it didn't cost much at all, but it is a very effective movie. Back in the '70's and 80's, movies could be very low budget, but still be great(think of John Carpenter's Halloween).

The Terminator is a story about how nuclear war causes the end to mankind and the end result could be the start of an even greater tragedy than the war its self. The entire message of The Terminator is an anti nuclear war message.

Many people think that a few parts in the beginning of the movie are just some random things thrown in. I can understand why, but these seemingly random scenes actually do have a lot to do with the story.

Arnold does a great job as the cyborg who is programmed to kill without mercy or remorse. For those who don't know, this is the movie where the line "I'll be back" was spoken. The other actors do a good job in this. Linda Hamilton made a great choice doing this movie and she really improved her career through it(the movie she made before this was the horrible Children Of The Corn).

This is better than Terminator 2(which is still great by the way), because this movie has more of a story and is more involved. I would recommend watching this movie at any time, it is very well paced and never gets boring, and if you have the time, watch T2 right after this.

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