A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.
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
In the Tech Noir discotheque, Sarah Connor knocks over a bottle of Canada Dry beer while waiting for the police. Writer-director James Cameron is from Kapuskasing, Canada. See more »
(at around 17 mins) Reese touches two of the wires together to make the car's engine crank briefly, yet when he re-connects them and twists them together (which he would not do in real life to hot-wire the car; only the "run" wires get connected "continuously"; the starter wires just get connected temporarily till the engine cranks over and starts), the starter is only heard a long moment later. See more »
[the garbage truck's engine stops]
What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...
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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 »
In the Swedish theatrical version, the shot of The T800's eye actually falling out and into the sink has been cut. See more »