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The Terminator

1h 48m
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?
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Terminator
Michael Biehn
Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton
Sarah Connor
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
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...
12 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...
6 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...
8 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...
11 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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10/10  3 years ago
This is by all accounts, one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. While the second is still an amazing film in its own right, it just didn't quite top this masterful mix of tension and atmosphere.

I've always liked T2 over this since I was a kid for obvious reasons. But coming back has been a c More
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2 months ago
Here we go, the movie that started it all and wasn't Arnold believable as a robot? He came across as threatening and creepy as all get out, and the thick accent really played for the role.

And then, of course, the plot was so unbelievable that it sucked everyone right in, from the start you suspe More
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3 years 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
4 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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