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The Terminator (1984)

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

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Estimated body count: 39. One of the three punks (Brian Thompson) dies when punched through the stomach; it is assumed that the punk leader (Bill Paxton) only got knocked out and the third (Brad Rearden) merely lost his clothes. The gun store clerk and the first two Sarah Connors are next. During Reese's first flashback memory, two soldiers are killed in action (a female soldier hit by a laser, and a male on the back of the pick-up). Sarah's friend Ginger and her boyfriend Matt are killed by the Terminator. Three people die in the Tech Noir shoot-out (two are seen being hit, a third can be seen lying next to Sarah as she falls). The cop whose car is stolen by Terminator probably survives. Lt. Traxler mentions to Sarah that there are 30 police officers in the station, but if information from the sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is considered, then 17 died during the police station shoot-out. In Reese's second flashback memory, 8 people can be see to be shot. Also presumably killed are Sarah's mother and the truck driver (although he may have just been knocked unconscious), and finally Kyle Reese. If the Terminator himself and the two German Shepherd dogs from Reese's second flashback are counted, it amounts to a total of 42. See more »

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Traxler allows Sarah to take a nap on the couch, and he tells Sarah her mother should arrive from Big Bear in about an hour. Shortly after, the Terminator arrives, and Sarah and Reese flee, all of this happening at night. Later, the car Sarah and Reese take runs out of gas, and they spend the night under a bridge. A short time later, it's light out, or the next day, and they make their way to the Tiki Motel. Sarah then gets on the phone, and we find out the Terminator is there, and has killed her mother, mimicking her to get Sarah to reveal her location. The question is, why would Sarah's mother still be at the cabin in Big Bear when she was supposedly on her way to pick up Sarah at the police station? No mention is made of her stopping along the way at a pay phone to call her, and there were no cell phones in 1984. It also takes a lot longer than an hour to get to get to Los Angeles from Big Bear. The Central Division of the LAPD is about 120 miles (190Km) from Big Bear, with the first 40 miles (65Km) which is on highway 38, a twisty two lane mountain road. It's closer to a 3 hour drive in all. 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 Germany, the film was put on the BPJM index for youth endangering media in the mid-80s. The result was that TV versions and many VHS releases were cut down for a "Not under 16" rating. The uncut version was practically only available in video rental stores. In 1998 the film was released on DVD in both its cut and uncut form. In 2010 the film was removed from the index and the film was re-rated, this time with a "Not under 16" rating for the uncut version. See more »

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Good movie
8 August 2020 | by chibagirlSee all my reviews

I was writing a review for another movie because it gave my boyfriend and his co-worker love for me and I thought I will a review for The Terminator while I am here too! Great movie. Makes a cyborg believable! A warning about technology. Kim Wilde is great here too. There is a night club scene early on and I was hoping she would jump on stage but being hunted it was not the place. Watch it!


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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) 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:

$78,680,331
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1.85 : 1
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