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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La sua missione e una sola: distruggere, uccidere... (His one and only mission: to destroy, to kill...) (Italian DVD) See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After filming The Terminator, Peter Kent became Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double for the next decade in his movies. See more »

Goofs

The Terminator goes to a phone booth and looks up Sarah Connor and finds 3 numbers 1823, 2816 and 2309 but the first house he goes to is 14239. 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

In the Swedish theatrical version, the shot of The T800's eye actually falling out and into the sink has been cut. See more »

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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Ron and Tammy (2009) See more »

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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Stands The Test of Time

Good movie, interesting premise, action, dumb pigs, Kim Wilde (her songs stand the test of time to). What else is there?


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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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