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The Terminator

R
Movie
1984
1h 48m
English
Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
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?
Rating
WATCHMODE
8
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The Terminator (1984) on IMDb
CRITIC SCORE
92

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Linda Hamilton
Sarah Connor
Michael Biehn
Kyle Reese
Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Terminator
Paul Winfield
Lieutenant Ed Traxler
Lance Henriksen
Detective Vukovich
Rick Rossovich
Matt Buchanan
Bess Motta
Ginger Ventura
Earl Boen
Dr. Peter Silberman
Dick Miller
Pawnshop Clerk
Bruce M Kerner
Desk Sergeant
Franco Columbu
Future Terminator
Bill Paxton
Punk Leader
Brad Rearden
Punk (uncredited)
Brian Thompson
Punk (uncredited)
William Wisher Jr
Policeman (uncredited)
Ken Fritz
Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Oberhaus
Policeman (uncredited)
Ed Dogans
Cop in Alley (uncredited)
Joe Farago
TV Anchorman (uncredited)
Hettie Lynne Hurtes
TV Anchorwoman (uncredited)
Tony Mirelez
Station Attendant (uncredited)
Philip Gordon
Mexican Boy (uncredited)
Anthony Trujillo
Mexican Boy (uncredited)
Stan Yale
Derelict (uncredited)
Directed By: James Cameron

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TJOHO says...
10 years ago
"Try watching the beginning of this movie and un-know what you know about the franchise. Who are these two guys? Where did they come from? Why are they after Sarah Connor. It is a great example of suspense-building storytelling."
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Galileo5 says...
5 years ago
"This is like the 100th time I'm watching The Terminator. I just noticed this for the first time: Sarah hides in a club called Tech Noir so she can use the telephone. The phone is literally ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Hahahahaha. Gotta love the 80s."
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aldy says...
7 years ago
"I don't really get what the big deal was with The Terminator. Perhaps it was revolutionary for its time and nobody had made a tense action thriller before (I have no idea whether this was actually the case), but watching it now, it's pretty ordinary with far, far too many plotholes and inconsistencies to really make it worthwhile."
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Senne says...
10 years ago
"Gotta love those 80s special effects :) Stop motion, miniatures, grainy picture and that typical flat 80s audio. Soundtrack seems a bit inspired by TRON, which is also great. A good film."
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Featured User Reviews

Kamurai
one year ago
Good watch, might watch again, and can recommend.

I have no idea what just happened, I just watched the 2020 version, and it doesn't even look better, and there doesn't seem be a lot of info on the situation.

It has decent practical effects, it's a got plenty of action in a machine chasing a w More
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John Chard
3 years ago
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 d More
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Jodie
3 years ago
Writing a review for a movie this old does indeed seem pointless, but since this is one of my favorite films I thought I would review it anyway.

In my opinion The Terminator is a beautiful, yet tragic love story set in the back drop of the future and the past. A soldier from the future is sent t More
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Gimly
3 years ago
I know saying this puts me in the minority, but the first _Terminator_ movie is actually my favourite of the franchise. That's not a knock on the second movie, _Judgment Day_ is **awesome**. But I really dig the lower down, dark, sci-fi horror vibe of the original (it **is** a knock on every movie i More
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