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The Terminator (1984)

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A seemingly indestructible android 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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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

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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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 »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000
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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 54 mins) When the Terminator performs surgery on itself to remove its damaged prosthetic eye, although the face is that of a puppet stand in, the hands that perform the surgery are actually Arnold Schwarzenegger's. See more »

Goofs

(at around 37 mins) When the Terminator punches the windshield he shatters it completely, but in later scenes there is only a fist-sized hole in the windshield. 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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Connections

Referenced in La fabrique d'Arnold Schwarzenegger (2019) See more »

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Written by Linn Van Hek, Joe Dolce
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It's about transformation
4 March 2000 | by catalyst-7See all my reviews

I just saw a horrifying, touching, very good movie again; it's The Terminator. Now to talk of it as great film, to compare it with American Beauty might seem idiotic--it's an almost unrelentingly dark, violent, frightening action movie, after all--but strip away the relentless action, strip away the technophobia, strip away the blatant dislike of cops and modern youth, strip away the poignant love story and, at its core, it's about an immature, essentially mindless girl becoming a strong, determined woman. That's a theme more movies should have if we want girls to have strong role models.

In the course of a few hours during which Sarah Connor realises that she is running for her life from a soul-less machine in human flesh that is implacably and violently determined to kill her, she transforms from a girl who can't balance her cheque book to a woman who can order a wounded, beaten man to "get on your feet, soldier." She is clear-headed, not panicky, focused in crisis and incredibly courageous. And it's not that she has lost her essential femaleness but that she's grown up.

It's relentless, heartless violence appals and fascinates me. It's gritty depiction of our society as a prelude to an even more horrific one in 2023 darkens my heart. It's quickly developing love story touches me. Its humor makes the dark places in me smile. But most of all I am touched and fascinated by Sarah's precipitous transformation. As a good life exercise, ask yourself this: Would you have the courage to do what she does?

9.5 out of 10.


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