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.

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James Cameron
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Terminator
Michael Biehn ... Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton ... Sarah Connor
Paul Winfield ... Traxler
Lance Henriksen ... Vukovich
Rick Rossovich ... Matt
Bess Motta ... Ginger
Earl Boen ... 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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I'll be back! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Two years prior to this, Paul Winfield appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), sharing all of his scenes with Walter Koenig as Chekov. In this film, he shares scenes with Michael Biehn's Kyle Reese. Both roles would later be played by the late Anton Yelchin. See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) The Terminator would be considered an android, not a cyborg. A cyborg is a technologically enhanced living organism whereas an android is a robot with a human appearance. 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

There are significant differences between the first video releases (Thorn/EMI and HBO Video) and the 1991 Hemdale release in relation to picture, sound and end credits. The Thorn/EMI release has:
  • A blurry picture throughout
  • The entire film soundtrack played at the wrong pitch, which sounds like it was recorded on a cassette tape.
  • The Post Production and credit to Harlan Ellison is inserted right above the copyright date and timed to roll along at the speed of the credits.
The HBO Video release has the same blurry picture and high pitch soundtrack with the following changes:
  • The post production credit rolls as soon as the movie fades to black. After disappearing, a black, cheaply done title card done with "1980s HBO Font" shows the Harlan Ellison credit. The previous timed credit that appeared in the Thorn/EMI release has been blacked out and timed to run with the credits. The 1991 Hemdale release has the following:
  • Soundtrack restored to play at the correct pitch
  • Picture is sharp and clear. The 1991 Hemdale and the Artisan Entertainment release are identical.
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Soundtracks

Pictures of You
Performed by 16mm
Written by Jay Ferguson
Published by Painless Music (BMI)
Produced by Jay Ferguson and Michael Verdick (uncredited)
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Old, but still good.
16 March 2018 | by invisibleunicornninjaSee all my reviews

This movie is a solid action movie. Not all of the dialogue is great and some of the effects are a bit dated - but this movie is still effective. The acting is great. The plot is great. This movie is well-shot and worth watching. I can't really come up with many things that are bad about it that don't have to do with it being old. This is just a fun movie with good action, time travel, and robots. I'd definitely recommend this movie. Its worth watching if you're looking for a good time.


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Language:

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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:

$78,371,200
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Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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