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The Terminator (1984)

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Critic Consensus: With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it's clear why The Terminator continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks.

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A Cyborg has been sent from the future on a deadly mission, it has been programmed to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor. Sarah has no idea that her life will have a staggering effect on the fate of mankind and that she is in danger of being killed at the hands of an inescapable machine known as the Terminator. Kyle Reese has also been sent from the future, but his mission is to protect the unknowing mother of a future leader. Is there any way to stop the death of an innocent when the relentless Cyborg is set on his course...more
Rating: R (N/A)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: William Wisher, James Cameron, William Wisher, William Wisher Jr., Gale Anne Hurd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 1997
Runtime:
Orion Pictures Corporation - Official Site

Cast

Linda Hamilton
as Sarah Connor
Michael Biehn
as Kyle Reese
Paul Winfield
as Det. Ed Traxler
Lance Henriksen
as Det. Vukovich
Bess Motta
as Ginger
Earl Boen
as Dr. Silberman
Dick Miller
as Pawn Shop Clerk
Franco Columbu
as Future Terminator
Bill Paxton
as Punk Leader
Bruce M. Kerner
as Desk Sergeant
Ken Fritz
as Policeman
Tom Oberhaus
as Policeman
Ed Dogans
as Cop in Alley
Joe Farago
as TV Anchor
Tony Mirelez
as Station Attendant
Philip Gordon
as Mexican Boy
Stan Yale
as Derelict
Al Kahn
as Customer
Leslie Morris
as Customer
Harriet Medin
as Customer
Loree Frazier
as Customer
James Ralston
as Customer
Norman Friedman
as Cleaning Man
Barbara Powers
as Ticket Taker
Wayne Stone
as Tanker Driver
David Hyde Pierce
as Tanker Partner
John Bristol
as Phone Booth Man
Patrick Pinney
as Bar Customer
Gregory Robbins
as Motel Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Terminator

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (10)

You almost forget the film's flaws - like the cartoony look of the war-ravaged future. Here, the most absurd excursion is believable and we go along willingly - stopping now and then for a breath or a laugh.

Full Review… | October 26, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie that may very well be the best picture of its kind since The Road Warrior.

Full Review… | October 3, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Damn close to perfect.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

As for Schwarzenegger, he nicely fleshes out the convention of a soulless gun for hire. With his choppy hair, cryptic shades and state-of-the-'80s leather ensemble, he looks like the Incredible Hulk gone punk.

Full Review… | May 18, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.

Full Review… | May 18, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

As a souvenir of a kind of B-grade action cinema that has all but vanished, The Terminator should find a small place in the heart of every movie addict.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Terminator

½

The well-written and exhilarating cyberpunk classic that started the successful franchise, and an intelligent science-fiction that is always extremely tense and well paced, offering us a terrifying, indestructible villain and the scary view of a bleak post-apocalyptic future.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

½

Classic films are films that stick with you, whether or not they are amazing, but when you think about true "Hollywood" classics, "The Terminator" is usually one of the first that comes to mind. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads the film as a machine set from the past to eliminate Sarah Connor, whose child (John Connor) will become a threat in the future. The film is less about that and more about learning what the characteristics are of each one of them. With some tense moments, scary moments, and some very cool action scenes, "The Terminator" is a great film that will always be remembered. James Cameron (on a shoe-string budget) directed this film in the best way he knew how to at the time. Some of the effects feel dated, but the type of film it is, and under the circumstances that it was made, this has stood and will always stand a classic.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Who knew that Cameron's update of the Frankenstein monster (wherein he really IS out to get you) would enter the national conciousness? Who knew that the day would come when everyone would recognise "I'll be back" as a warning of ominous proportions? Who knew anyone could parley a turn as a monster into a gubernatorial bid? Though the special effects have aged some, nonetheless this bad boy still has some sizzle.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Terminator Quotes

The Terminator: Fuck you, asshole.
– Submitted by Matthew D (10 months ago)
Terminator: I'll be back.
– Submitted by Ben D (2 years ago)
Kyle Reese: The Terminator's an infil-tration unit. Part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyperalloy combat chassis,mircoprocessor-controlled, fully armored. Very tough. But outside, it's living human tissue. Flesh, skin, hair,blood, grown for the cyborgs.
– Submitted by Emelyn W (3 years ago)
Kyle Reese: Listen. Understand. That Terminator is out there. It can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with. It doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.
– Submitted by Emelyn W (3 years ago)

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