The Terminator

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In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?

  1. James Cameron

    Director, Writer

  2. Gale Anne Hurd


Top Billed Cast

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    The Terminator

  2. Michael Biehn

    Michael Biehn

    Kyle Reese

  3. Linda Hamilton

    Linda Hamilton

    Sarah Connor

  4. Paul Winfield

    Paul Winfield

    Lieutenant Ed Traxler

  5. Lance Henriksen

    Lance Henriksen

    Detective Vukovich

  6. Bess Motta

    Bess Motta

    Ginger Ventura

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 48m

Budget $6,400,000.00

Revenue $78,371,200.00


Release Information

  • October 26, 1984
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

I can't. Nobody goes home. Nobody else comes through. It's just him - and me.

It's funny really, writing a review for The Terminator these days just feels a little pointless, I mean anyone who wanted to see it would have done so already. In truth the effects work is a little creaky now but that doesn't matter, they were awesome in 1984. It's a ripper of a story awash with high energy action, rip-snorting characterisations and tech-noir atmospherics. It's place in the pantheon of science fiction films is assured, its influence on the genre undoubted, while the lead cast members cemented thems... read the rest.

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