Douglas Quaid
The Terminator (1984)
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The Terminator - Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Tagline: The thing that won't die, in the nightmare that won't end.
Genres: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Released: 26 October 1984 (USA)
Length: 107 min
Rating: 8 out of 10 8 /10
  • No Writer-Director has probably announced the themself on the world stage with a better movie than this. Yes it featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, so was always going to do well, but still ... big it up for James Cameron!
  • The first film to cast the headline star (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as the "baddy" who you want to die!
  • James Cameron introduced us to Michael Beihn as "Kyle Reese", who we love, and who he would later use in Aliens as another kick arse marine style character "Corporal Hicks".
  • Opened our eyes to the possibility that if we make robots too damn clever (remember this film was released in 1984), our success could come back to bite us in the ares in a very big way!

The Thing That Won't Die, In The Nightmare That Won't End!

In this blazing, cinematic comic book, Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as the fiercest and most relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind! From the Oscar winning director of Titanic this fast-paced, cleverly conceived, rip roaring action adventure fires an arsenal of thrills, intriguing plot twists and heart-stopping suspense that never lets up for a minute!

In 2029, giant super-computers dominate the planet, hell-bent on exterminating the human race! And to destroy man's future by changing the past, they send an indestructible cyborg - a Terminator - back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the woman whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope. Can Sarah protect herself from this unstoppable menace to save the life of her unborn child? Or will the human race be extinguished by one mean hunk of mutant metal?

Kyle Reese
Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
The Terminator
I'll be back.
Kyle Reese
I'm Reese. Sergeant Tech-Com, DN38416. Assigned to protect you. You've been targeted for termination.
Kyle Reese
John Connor gave me a picture of you once. I didn't know why at the time. It was very old - torn, faded. You were young like you are now. You seemed just a little sad. I used to always wonder what you were thinking at that moment. I memorized every line, every curve. I came across time for you Sarah. I love you; I always have.
Dr. Peter Silberman
Kyle Reese
Well, how are you supposed to get back?I can't. Nobody goes home. Nobody else comes through. It's just him - and me.
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