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Sex and Nudity: 7

Two instances of non-sexual male nudity (buttocks are seen).

From a distance, you see a naked man walking towards the camera. Frontal nudity can be seen, but it's not obvious due to him being in the shadows.

Matt and Ginger are very briefly shown having sex. There is thrusting, and he is on top with his head up her tank top, obscuring the view of her breasts. The scene is maybe six seconds long.

Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese are shown having sex in bed. We see Sarah Connor's bare breasts. It's kind of dark but still pretty visible, and we only see them from the waist up. Reese is shown repeatedly fondling her breasts. We see some mild thrusting and hear some brief sexual moaning. The scene is probably about 60 seconds long. It's not as explicit as it sounds, and it's a very romantic scene and doesn't feel like a normal R-rated sex scene.

Violence: 8

A punk is killed by getting punched through the chest (partially off-screen). The Terminator's bloody hand is seen, and it is holding the man's heart.

The Terminator goes to a gun store to purchase weapons and upon receiving the goods, shoots the clerk. We only see the end of the gun as it fires; we do not see the clerk die.

A woman is shot several times, off-screen. Later, a police photograph of her corpse is briefly seen.

In one sequence many police officers are shot and killed without much gore.

Several people are shot apart in a dark room with a large laser/machine gun weapon. Minimal gore, but still violent and disturbing.

The Terminator cuts open his arm with a scalpel, bloody flesh is shown, moments later it does the same to its eye.

Lots of chasing and shooting towards the end.

A man is killed by an explosion. We briefly see his corpse up-close, with some blood on his body.

Sarah is implied to have broken her leg after an explosion; she pulls a bloody piece of shrapnel from a gash in her thigh, and we see her crawling, unable to walk and in pain.

Profanity: 7

Nine uses of "fuck", including one use of "motherfucker". A few of these are seen written when the Terminator looks through its programming to find an insult, and as it scrolls through a list of curses, several including the f-word are seen.

"Shit" is said a few times. "Asshole" is also said, along with milder language: "Hell", "damn", "bastard" etc.

Rating:3/10

Nothing to really worry about here. (Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking)

Some characters are seen smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages.

Rating: 5/10

Pretty much most of the movie could be considered frightening and intense, since the Terminator is constantly chasing and killing.

The last section when the Terminator starts to fall apart is probably the most intense. This especially applies of when the robot is seemingly destroyed in a fuel truck explosion and the heroes embrace with a romantic score only to suddenly to have it change into an ominous tone as the robot, stripped to its endoskeleton rises from the falls and continues the pursuit. That metallic structure can be considered creepy and inhuman in 1984 that is. Today it looks kind of fake but it's still very intense

In a factory, after the Terminator is blown up with a pipe-bomb the viewer is left to believe that it is finally truly dead, however its still living torso leaps out at Sarah in a manner specifically meant to make the viewer jump. It then hunts her for a few minutes as great suspension builds.


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)

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