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The Terminator (1984)

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A seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs.

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James Cameron
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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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Your future is in its hands. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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UK | USA

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

Gross USA:

$38,371,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,475,971
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)| Dolby (DVD Re-Release)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leading make-up designer Dick Smith declined James Cameron's invitation to work on the film, as he didn't think he could do cyborg make-up, so he suggested his friend Stan Winston who had just been Oscar-nominated for his robot work on Heartbeeps (1981); Cameron reluctantly accepted. Fortunately, Winston was not frustrated by the fact that Cameron had already done most of the design work on the film himself. In fact, his work on the film's practical special effects payed off so well that both men became personal friends. They later founded special effects company Digital Domain together, and would subsequently collaborate on Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) When the Terminator gets on the motorcycle to chase after Sarah in the pick-up, he turns on the ignition key and jumps up on his right leg to kick start the bike, but you hear a electric starter motor instead before he rides off. 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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Soundtracks

Burnin' in the Third Degree
Performed by Tryanglz
Written by Tane McClure (as Tahnee Cain), Mugs Cain, Dave Amato, Brett Tuggle,
Ricky Phillips
Published by Any Garage Music (ASCAP)
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Amazing, even for a non-fan of the genre
31 January 1999 | by Gypsy-11See all my reviews

I don't like action movies generally, and had to be coaxed into seeing this one by a friend. It was a major and pleasant surprise to me, and I left it with questions beyond the scope of the film, which always happens with the ones I really like (ie, Did John know who Reese was/would be when he sent him?). Most of all, I left it a Michael Biehn fan; he is great in this movie.


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