The Terminator

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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Film Cast:

  • The Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sarah Connor: Linda Hamilton
  • Kyle Reese: Michael Biehn
  • Lieutenant Ed Traxler: Paul Winfield
  • Detective Vukovich: Lance Henriksen
  • Matt Buchanan: Rick Rossovich
  • Ginger Ventura: Bess Motta
  • Dr. Peter Silberman: Earl Boen
  • Pawnshop Clerk: Dick Miller
  • Nancy: Shawn Schepps
  • Desk Sergeant: Bruce M. Kerner
  • Future Terminator: Franco Columbu
  • Punk Leader: Bill Paxton
  • Punk (uncredited): Brad Rearden
  • Punk (uncredited): Brian Thompson
  • Policeman (uncredited): William Wisher Jr.
  • Policeman (uncredited): Ken Fritz
  • Policeman (uncredited): Tom Oberhaus
  • Cop in Alley (uncredited): Ed Dogans
  • TV Anchorman (uncredited): Joe Farago
  • TV Anchorwoman (uncredited): Hettie Lynne Hurtes
  • Station Attendant (uncredited): Tony Mirelez
  • Mexican Boy (uncredited): Philip Gordon
  • Mexican Boy (uncredited): Anthony Trujillo
  • Derelict (uncredited): Stan Yale
  • Customer (uncredited): Al Kahn
  • Customer (uncredited): Leslie Morris
  • Customer (uncredited): Hugh Farrington
  • Customer (uncredited): Harriet Medin
  • Customer (uncredited): Loree Frazier
  • Customer (uncredited): James Ralston
  • Cleaning Man (uncredited): Norman Friedman
  • Ticket Taker (uncredited): Barbara Powers
  • Tanker Driver (uncredited): Wayne Stone
  • Tanker Partner (uncredited): David Michels
  • Phone Booth Man (uncredited): John E. Bristol
  • Reporter (uncredited): Webster Williams
  • Bar Customer (uncredited): Patrick Pinney
  • Bartender (uncredited): Bill W. Richmond
  • Truck Driver (uncredited): Chino ‘Fats’ Williams
  • Motel Customer (uncredited): Greg Robbins
  • Wrong Sarah (uncredited): Marianne Muellerleile
  • Sentry (uncredited): John Durban
  • Dancer shot by the Terminator (uncredited): Marian Green
  • Policeman (uncredited): J. Randolph Harrison
  • Punk (uncredited): David Kristin
  • Bar Patron at Pay Phone with Sarah (uncredited): Darrell Mapson
  • Bar Patron (uncredited): Bob Ritchie
  • MacDougal (uncredited): John Stuart West

Film Crew:

  • Writer: Gale Anne Hurd
  • Editor: Mark Goldblatt
  • Sound Effects Editor: James Fritch
  • Writer: James Cameron
  • Dialogue: William Wisher Jr.
  • Executive Producer: Derek Gibson
  • Executive Producer: John Daly
  • Original Music Composer: Brad Fiedel
  • Director of Photography: Adam Greenberg
  • Casting: Stanzi Stokes
  • Makeup Department Head: Jeff Dawn
  • Sound Effects Editor: Greg Dillon
  • Costume Supervisor: Deborah Everton
  • Thanks: Harlan Ellison
  • Art Direction: George Costello
  • Second Unit Director: Stan Winston
  • Stunts: Glenn R. Wilder
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: David J. Hudson
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Mel Metcalfe
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Terry Porter
  • Camera Production Assistant: Vance Piper
  • Still Photographer: Joyce Rudolph
  • Title Designer: Ernest D. Farino
  • Second Unit Director: Jean-Paul Ouellette
  • Makeup Effects: Brian Wade
  • Assistant Art Director: Shay Austin
  • Set Decoration: Maria Caso
  • Post Production Supervisor: Donna Smith
  • Casting: Greg Robbins
  • Stunts: Frank Orsatti
  • Executive In Charge Of Production: Bruce M. Kerner
  • Assistant Production Manager: Polly Apostolof
  • Mechanical & Creature Designer: Bob Williams
  • Supervising Sound Editor: David Campling
  • Makeup Artist: Kyle Sweet
  • Sound Effects Editor: Karola Storr
  • Production Accountant: Marilyn Tasso
  • Sound Effects Editor: James J. Klinger
  • Costume Design: Hilary Wright
  • Property Master: Tommy Estridge
  • Scenic Artist: Amy McGary
  • Scenic Artist: Kristen McGary
  • Leadman: Gary Schoeneck
  • Boom Operator: Ken Brocious
  • Foley: Gordon Daniel
  • Foley: John Post
  • Stunt Coordinator: Ken Fritz
  • Gaffer: Dennis Bishop
  • Best Boy Electric: Tim Morton
  • Music Editor: Emilie Robertson
  • Transportation Coordinator: Wayne Stone
  • Transportation Captain: Wayne Nelson
  • Script Supervisor: Brenda Weisman
  • Location Manager: Joseph A. Liuzzi
  • Sound: Gabriel Guy
  • Hairstylist: Peter Tothpal
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Gene Warren Jr.
  • Camera Operator: Sean McLin
  • First Assistant Editor: Lorna Anderson
  • Sound Effects Editor: Mike Le Mare
  • Stunts: Marian Green
  • Sound Effects Editor: Gilbert D. Marchant
  • Music Supervisor: Robert Randles
  • Sound Effects Editor: Gary Shepherd
  • First Assistant Director: Betsy Magruder
  • Second Unit Director of Photography: Chuck Colwell
  • Associate Editor: Michael Bloecher
  • Assistant Editor: Spike Allison Hooper
  • Script Supervisor: Sharon Kirkpatrick
  • Negative Cutter: Mary Nelson-Duerrstein
  • Costumer: Julia Gombert
  • Camera Operator: Anne S. Coffey
  • Dolly Grip: David Michels
  • Electrician: Mark Morton
  • Electrician: Mark Peterson
  • Sound Effects Editor: Horace Manzanares
  • Second Assistant Director: Robert Roda
  • Production Coordinator: Kathy Breen
  • First Assistant Director: Thomas A. Irvine

Movie Reviews:

  • 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 themselves in the sci-fi hall of fame.

    No more needs to be said really, The Terminator is a kinetic live action comic book of a movie, classy movie making, paced to precision and featuring a story that’s brilliantly complex and utterly compelling. 9/10

  • Jodie: 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 to the 80’s to save the leader of the resistance (John Connor) mother from a High Tech Cybernetic Killing Machine. We all know that. What I loved was that this soldier, Kyle Reese volunteers for this suicide mission. He volunteers for one reason because, he had fallen in love with this woman, Sarah Connor. Though they were separated by several decades of time and Judgement Day, her son tells him these tales of his mother Sarah and gives him a single picture of her, purposefully pushing Reese to fall for his mother and this is the reason for him traveling through time to do the nearly impossible. Save and protect Sarah Connor to save the human race in the future and kill a super bad ass T-800 with low tech weaponry and a reluctant Damsel.

    Bullets flying and bombs booming make this movie highly entertaining. The storyline, ridiculous as it is, is fantastic and had everyone in the 80’s and 90’s quoting this SciFi film. It’s always a good watch. It holds up nicely overtime.

  • Gimly: 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 in the series that came after _T2_ though).

    Schwarzenegger as the titular Terminator is inspired casting. Firstly, any restrictions he had in acting ability back in the 80s are brushed aside by the fact that he’s playing a cold, unfeeling machine. And can you imagine someone who looks like that coming after you? Forget the fact he’s got an arsenal in his back pocket, forget the fact that he’s got a near unstoppable metal exoskeleton, Arnie is already a machine! Being hunted by that man would be terrifying, and you feel that in the performance of the leads.

    _The Terminator_ is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and I have seen – a lot.

    _Final rating:★★★★½ – Ridiculously strong appeal. I can’t stop thinking about it._

  • Kamurai: 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 woman aided by a soldier from the future.

    Arnold carries an odd amount of weight as an emotionless cyborg, but Linda Hamilton shores up the rest. I don’t think it is Michael Biehn’s fault, but Kyle Reese is kind of a forgettable character in this.

    The depth of this action movie is just on the concept of time travel, and whether or not you can truly change the future.

    This is a good movie, but it lacks something really special for the time of 2020, it’s more important as a precursor to the sequel.

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