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The Terminator -- A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.

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Director:
Writers:
James Cameron (written by) and
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Release Date:
26 October 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In the Year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of this planet devised the ultimate plan. They would reshape the Future by changing the Past. The plan required something that felt no pity. No pain. No fear. Something unstoppable. They created 'THE TERMINATOR' See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Terminator

Michael Biehn ... Kyle Reese

Linda Hamilton ... Sarah Connor

Paul Winfield ... Lieutenant Ed Traxler

Lance Henriksen ... Detective Hal Vukovich

Rick Rossovich ... Matt Buchanan

Bess Motta ... Ginger Ventura

Earl Boen ... Dr. Peter Silberman

Dick Miller ... Pawn Shop Clerk
Shawn Schepps ... Nancy
Bruce M. Kerner ... Desk Sergeant

Franco Columbu ... Future Terminator

Bill Paxton ... Punk Leader
Brad Rearden ... Punk

Brian Thompson ... Punk
William Wisher Jr. ... Policeman
Ken Fritz ... Policeman
Tom Oberhaus ... Policeman
Ed Dogans ... Cop in Alley

Joe Farago ... TV Anchorman
Hettie Lynne Hurtes ... TV Anchorwoman
Tony Mirelez ... Station Attendant
Philip Gordon ... Mexican Boy
Anthony Trujillo ... Mexican Boy (as Anthony T. Trujillo)
Stan Yale ... Derelict
Al Kahn ... Customer
Leslie Morris ... Customer
Hugh Farrington ... Customer
Harriet Medin ... Customer
Loree Frazier ... Customer
James Ralston ... Customer
Norman Friedman ... Cleaning Man (as Norma Friedman)
Barbara Powers ... Ticket Taker
Wayne Stone ... Tanker Driver

David Hyde Pierce ... Tanker Partner (as David Pierce)
John E. Bristol ... Phone Booth Man

Webster Williams ... Reporter
Patrick Pinney ... Bar Customer
Bill W. Richmond ... Bartender
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Truck Driver

Greg Robbins ... Motel Customer (as Gregory Robbins)

Marianne Muellerleile ... Wrong Sarah
John Durban ... Sentry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marian Green ... Dancer shot by the Terminator (uncredited)

J. Randolph Harrison ... Policeman (uncredited)

Darrell Mapson ... Bar Patron at Pay Phone with Sarah (uncredited)
John Stuart West ... MacDougal (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Cameron 
 
Writing credits
James Cameron (written by) and
Gale Anne Hurd (written by)

William Wisher Jr. (additional dialogue)

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Derek Gibson .... executive producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Goldblatt 
 
Casting by
Stanzi Stokes 
 
Art Direction by
George Costello 
 
Set Decoration by
Maria Caso  (as Maria Rebman Caso)
 
Costume Design by
Hilary Wright 
 
Makeup Department
Jeff Dawn .... makeup department head (as Jefferson Dawn)
Kyle Sweet .... hair stylist: second unit (as Kyle Tucy)
Kyle Sweet .... makeup artist: second unit (as Kyle Tucy)
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Melissa Street .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist: Stan Winston Studios (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bruce M. Kerner .... executive in charge of production
Donna Smith .... post-production supervisor
Donna Smith .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas A. Irvine .... additional first assistant director (as Thomas Irvine)
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Jean-Paul Ouellette .... second unit director: action
Robert Roda .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shay Austin .... assistant art director
John S. Curran .... construction supervisor (as John Curran)
Tommy Estridge .... property master
Mark Freedman .... carpenter
Kerry Jennings .... assistant property master
Amy McGary .... scenic artist
Kristen McGary .... scenic artist
Kurt Meisenbach .... art assistant
Jewel Myrow .... art assistant
Joe Rainey .... assistant to the art director
Cynthia C. Rebman .... set dresser (as Cindy Rebman)
David Reece .... carpenter
Stephen Reece .... carpenter
Stephen Rinehart .... art assistant
Jennie Ryan .... art assistant
Gary Schoeneck .... lead man
Linda Schoeneck .... art assistant
Gregory R. Wolf .... set dresser (as Greg Wolf)
Christopher Gilman .... property maker (uncredited)
Jay Koiwai .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Elizabeth Barnard .... assistant sound editor
Ken Brocious .... boom operator (as Kenneth Brocious)
David Campling .... supervising sound editor
Gordon Daniel .... foley artist
Greg Dillon .... sound effects editor
James Fritch .... sound effects editor (as Jim Fritch)
Robert Garrett .... synthesized sound effects
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
James J. Klinger .... sound effects editor (as Jim Klinger)
Mike Le Mare .... sound effects editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer
Horace Manzanares .... sound effects editor
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound effects editor (as Gil Marchant)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Rob Miller .... sound effects editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
John Post .... foley artist
Gary Shepherd .... sound effects editor
Karola Storr .... sound effects editor
Gabriel Cubos .... sound utility (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Bricker .... terminator special effects
Ellis Burman Jr. .... terminator mechanical effects
Frank DeMarco .... special effects
Ernest D. Farino .... special effects coordinator
Roger George .... special effects
Richard J. Landon .... terminator special effects (as Richard Landon)
Ron Macinnes .... terminator mechanical effects assistant
Shane Mahan .... terminator special effects
David B. Miller .... terminator special effects (as David Miller)
John Rosengrant .... terminator special effects
Brian Wade .... terminator special effects
Bob Williams .... terminator mechanical effects
Stan Winston .... special terminator effects creator
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... terminator special effects (as Tom Woodruff)
Roger Kelton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Doug Beswick .... stop motion terminator model: Fantasy II Film Effects
Don Bland .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Steven Fagerquist .... technical assistant: process photography
Ernest D. Farino .... graphic animation effects
Phil Huff .... optical effects: Image 3
John Huneck .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects
Leslie Huntley .... production supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Michael Joyce .... model shop supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Paul Kassler .... model maker: Fantasy II Film Effects
Pete Kleinow .... terminator stop motion: Fantasy II Film Effects (as Peter Kleinow)
Laurel Klick .... optical effects: Image 3
Ken Marschall .... matte artist: Fantasy II Film Effects
Gerald McClain .... rear screen projectionist: process photography
Austin McKinney .... cinematographer: process photography
Jane A. Pahlman .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Eric Peterson .... camera assistant: process photography
Gary Rhodaback .... model maker: Fantasy II Film Effects
Mark Sawicki .... special optical consultant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Joe Viskocil .... pyrotechnics and fire effects: Fantasy II Film Effects (as Joseph Viskocil)
Gene Warren Jr. .... special effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Kris Brown .... visual effects engineer (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... stop-motion electronics (uncredited)
Bret Mixon .... animation assistant (uncredited)
Ted Rae .... stop motion terminator model: Fantasy II Film Effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnow)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Hill Farnsworth)
J. Suzanne Fish .... stunts
Ken Fritz .... stunt coordinator
Ken Fritz .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Ken Fritz .... stunt double: Michael Biehn
Marian Green .... stunts (as Marion Green)
Tom Hart .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Jean Malahni .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Jim Stern .... stunts
Pete Turner .... stunts (as Peter Turner)
Cynthia Brannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Peter Kent .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Rob King .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Malahni .... stunt double: Linda Hamilton (uncredited)
Lee Waddell .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Auroux .... focus puller
Dennis Bishop .... gaffer
Bruce Byall .... grip
Anne S. Coffey .... camera operator: insert photography (as Anne Coffey)
Chuck Colwell .... director of photography: second unit
Mario Davis .... grip and equipment: second unit
Mark Ellensohn .... best boy
Alec Hirschfeld .... additional camera operator
Sean McLin .... camera operator: second unit
David Michels .... dolly grip
Mark Morton .... electrician
Tim Morton .... best boy electric
Elliot Nachbar .... grip
Mark Peterson .... electrician
Vance Piper .... camera assistant
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Roger Schweitzer .... video playback operator
Dylan Shephard .... key grip
Gary Wagner .... camera assistant: insert photography
Rick A. West .... electrician (as Rick West)
Tim Collins .... grip (uncredited)
Donald G. Jackson .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
John Janusek .... grip (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
Tracy Neftzger .... grip (uncredited)
Barry Seybert .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark A. Shelton .... electrician (uncredited)
Philip Sloan .... best boy grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Greg Robbins .... extras casting coordinator (as Gregory Robbins)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Everton .... costume supervisor
Julia Gombert .... costumer: second unit
Virginia Hartman .... costume production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Lorna Anderson .... first assistant editor
Michael Bloecher .... associate editor
Spike Allison Hooper .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson)
Peter Silverman .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music consultant
Robert Randles .... music post-production coordinator
Emilie Robertson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Wayne Nelson .... transportation captain
Wayne Stone .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Polly Apostolof .... assistant to producer
Jo Barnett .... assistant production accountant
Terry Benedict .... production assistant: second unit
Kathy Breen .... production coordinator
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant to producer (as Randy Harrison)
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant to producer
Deborah Hebert .... set production assistant (as Deborah A. Hebert)
Scott Javine .... production assistant
Sharon Kirkpatrick .... script supervisor: second unit
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager
Andy Marx .... publicist (as Andrew Marx)
Pattison Newberry .... first aid
George Parra .... set production assistant
Kevin E. Patterson .... utility man (as Kevin Patterson)
Eric Rasmussen .... craft service
Michael Thomas Slifkin .... talent coordinator
Lisa Sonne .... assistant to producer (as T. Elizabeth Sonne)
Anne St. Johns .... assistant production coordinator
Marilyn Tasso .... production accountant
Brenda Weisman .... script supervisor
Frans J. Afman .... financial services (uncredited)
Lisa S. Girolami .... extras wrangler (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Harlan Ellison .... acknowledgment to the works of
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Terminator" - Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), New Zealand (English title) (imdb display title), USA (trailer title)
"Terminator" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (original release) | Dolby (DVD Re-Release) | DTS (DTS HD Master Audio)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (Definitive Edition DVD) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) | Chile:18 | Chile:14 (DVD re-rating) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2005) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1996) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1991) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1984) (1991) | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2010) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2007) | Ireland:18 (1985-2006) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1991) | Italy:VM14 (original rating) (1984) | Japan:R-15 | Japan:PG12 (2014) | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Poland:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:18 (1985-2000) | USA:R (No. 27336) | West Germany:16 (cut) (198?-2010) | West Germany:18 (uncut version) (SPIO/JK) (198?-2010)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Cameron included Arnold Schwarzenegger in a lot of his decisions on-set, e.g. the Terminator's hair had to look spiky and burned.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the second car chase, there is a burst of smoke from the Terminator's shotgun in one shot, but no sound effect.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[the garbage truck's engine stops]
Truck Driver:What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Pictures Of YouSee more »

FAQ

If the Terminator is an infiltration unit who can mimic voices, why does it speak with a thick Austrian accent while in America?
Why does the Terminator ask the gun store proprietor for a "Phased Plasma Rifle in the 40 watt range"?
Couldn't Sarah and Kyle have tried to prevent Skynet (and the Terminator) from being created?
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118 out of 146 people found the following review useful.
Compelling science fiction, 24 June 2002
Author: Aidan McGuinness from Dublin, Ireland

For the gift of `Aliens' and `The Terminator' I am willing to forgive Cameron's `Titanic'. The key plot concept is beautifully simple - machines take over the earth in the future. Machines are eventually over thrown by one man. Machines travel back in time to kill man's mother, thus preventing him being born and stopping their own defeat. One human also travels back to stop the machines from killing his leader's mother.

`The Terminator' is a classic good versus evil struggle, with little in the way of greys clouding the issue. The terminator is an unstoppable brutal remorseless killer, and it perfectly suits Arnold Schwarzenegger's limited acting abilities. His few lines, including the infamous `I'll be back' are all well judged and timed, and give a great feeling of precision and inhumanity to his character. Coupled with his chiselled features, he's the best choice for the role. Michael Biehn is playing a character type that he'd reprise two years later in Cameron's `Aliens' - the human tough guy: he's got the fight, but still the ability to love and care for people. His features are well chosen for this and although his delivery of lines is hardly exceptional - they tend to come out in the same tone of voice - he's able to carry his part. Linda Hamilton is the woman-thrown-into-chaos, somewhat reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley character in `Alien', although Hamilton doesn't have Weaver's strength of presence. All the actors are, for an action science fiction, above average and so never distract.

It's the script, with Cameron's force behind it that lifts the movie from mediocrity. Yes, there's a certain amount of corniness - the `we loved a life time' element for example - but the movie has a real sense of conviction present. The movie believes in itself and, through its passion, will make you believe too. There's a general sense of darkness in the movie - rarely do we see daylight, and, when we do, it's often the soft light of dawn. There's a nice sense of tension in the action scenes, helped not only by Cameron's camera work but also by an excellent electronic score (including a fantastic brooding credit sequence). Sure some of the SFX look clunky in these days of `Attack of the Clones' and `The Fellowship of the Ring', but they still work. There's a certain sense of inevitability, intertwined with hope, permeating the picture that creates a mood I particularly enjoyed and that's harder to find in the current crop of science fiction movies.

`The Terminator' is not a perfect picture. The movie lags in some parts, and the romance element is fairly contrived. Despite all that the movie brims with energy and promise, a script that mostly delivers, characters you can enjoy, and the ultimate Arnie role. Well worth catching. 8/10.

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