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The Terminator (1984)

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In 1984, a human soldier is tasked to stop an indestructible cyborg killing machine, both sent from 2029, from executing a young woman, whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

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James Cameron
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bruce M. Kerner ... Desk Sergeant
Franco Columbu ... Future Terminator
Bill Paxton ... Punk Leader
Brad Rearden ... Punk
Brian Thompson ... Punk
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Storyline

Sent back from a dystopian 2029--where the cold machines have conquered the entire world--to 1984 Los Angeles, the indestructible cyborg-assassin known as the "Terminator" commences his deadly mission to kill humankind's most important woman: the unsuspecting, Sarah Connor. However, from the same war-torn post-apocalyptic future comes a battle-scarred defender--Kyle Reese, a brave soldier of the human Resistance Army--bent on stopping the cybernetic killer from eliminating the world's last hope. But, the Terminator has no feelings, he doesn't sleep, and above all, he won't stop until he carries out his grim task. Does our future lie in our past? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

The thing that won't die, in the nightmare that won't end. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terminator See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,020,663, 28 October 1984

Gross USA:

$38,371,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,475,971
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Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)| Dolby (DVD Re-Release)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 12 mins) The future terminator who infiltrates the human camp in the dream sequence is played by Franco Columbu, who is a multiple Mr. Olympia title winner like Arnold Schwarzenegger and is a close friend of his. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) During the gun shop scene, the Terminator asks the clerk for a 'phased plasma rifle', presumably a weapon from its own time (2029). Some claim that the Terminator, as an advanced infiltration unit, should have had detailed files on the current time period. Therefore it should have known that the plasma rifle did not exist yet in 1984. However, as Reese explained, most of the records were destroyed during the war. Skynet knew very little about Sarah Connor, apart from her name and city in 1984. It therefore doesn't seem unlikely that the information on weapons availability in the 20th century had been lost as well. The 'phased plasma rifle' may have been an earlier version of the energy weapons seen in 2029, something that might have existed in the late 20th century, so the Terminator just tried if it was available. 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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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Special Edition DVDs features the following deleted scenes:
  • A brief introduction to Sarah at work where she practices being a cheerful waitress.
  • A longer version of the killing of the first Sarah Connor, showing the T-800 walking away from the house in broad daylight, completely ignoring the horrified neighbors and witnesses.
  • A bunch of brief scenes showing Vukovich and Traxler in their police cruiser, as well as a scene where Reese and Sarah find Traxler shot. He gives Reese his gun and tells him that Sarah has to survive and he needs to do whatever has to to insure her safety.
  • A long scene where Sarah sneaks off and calls her mother and tells her to go and hide at the cabin. Afterwards, she looks through the phone book and finds Cyberdyne's address. Sarah asks Reese if they can attack the Cyberdyne building and make sure that the possible future never occurs. Reese declines and tells her it's not his mission. Sarah becomes angry and runs away and Reese chases her down. When she hits him to get away he pulls a gun on her, which she chastises him. Sarah breaks down, horrified of spending the rest of her life running from the Terminator. Reese breaks down crying over the beauty of nature, and the pain of knowing it's going to be later destroyed by the machines. Reese then agrees to destroying Cyberdyne.
  • A post-coitus scene showing Sarah tickling Reese and his confusion by the sensation, having never been tickled before.
  • Two removed scenes at the end, showing a technician finding a few parts of the remains of the T-800, and a longer version of the scene in which Sarah is placed in the ambulance, showing us that the computer factory is, in fact, Cyberdyne.
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I'll Be Back
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Music & Lyrics by Brad Fiedel
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Arnold Shoearzeneger is a RINo
17 November 2019 | by jqbvlrzzSee all my reviews

Immigrant but I am fair man and still consider this a classic. I have watched it10 times since it came out and like it. Action, science fiction, slim blondie and tech! What else can anyone want?


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