The Terminator

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The Terminator

1984

Endlessly imitated, The Terminator made the reputation of cowriter/director James Cameron -- who would go on to make 1997's titanic Titanic -- and solidified the stardom of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie begins in a post-apocalyptic 2029, when Los Angeles has been largely reduced to rubble and is under the thumb of all-powerful ruling machines. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), a member of the human resistance movement, is teleported back to 1984. His purpose: to rescue Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of the man who will lead the 21st-century rebels against the tyrannical machines, from being assassinated before she can give birth. Likewise thrust back to 1984 is The Terminator (Schwarzenegger), a grim, well-armed, virtually indestructable cyborg who has been programmed to eliminate Sarah Connor. After killing two "Sarah Connors" who turn out to be the wrong women, he finally aims his gunsights at the genuine article. This is the film in which Schwarzenegger declared "I'll be baaaack" -- and back he was, in "kinder and gentler" form, in the even more successful Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). - Rovi Synopsis - Do Not Use for Customer Metadata Deliveries

Genres

Action / Guy/Buddy / Science-Fiction / Thriller/Suspense

Run Time

107 mins.

Director

James Cameron

Cast

Al Kahn, Anthony T. Trujillio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Powers, Bess Motta, Bill Paxton, Bill W. Richmond, Brian Thompson, Chino Williams, Dick Miller, Earl Boen, Ed Dogans, Franco Columbu, Gregory Robbins, Harriet Medin, Hettie Lynne Hurtes, Hugh Farrington, James Ralston, Joe Farago, John Bristol, John Durban, Ken Fritz, Lance Henriksen, Leslie Morris, Loree Frazier, Marianne Muellerleile, Michael Biehn, Norman Friedman, Patrick Pinney, Philip Gordon, Rick Rossovich, Shawn Schepps, Stan Yale, Tony Mirelez, Wayne Stone, Webster Williams, William Wisher Jr.

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The Terminator

The Terminator