"I'll be back."
The Terminator
The Terminator
Terminator (1984)
Title: The Terminator
Genres: Sci-fi
Directed by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron; Gale Anne Hurd; William Wisher, Jr.
Produced by: John Daly; Derek Gibson; Gale Anne Hurd
Music by: Brad Fiedel
Cinematography: Adam Greenberg
Edited by: Mark Goldblatt
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Released: October 26th, 1984
Rating: R
Running time: 107 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $6,400,000
Gross: $38,371,200 (US)
$78,371,200 (Worldwide)
Next: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Terminator is an American feature film that combines elements of science fiction and action. Notable tropes used in the movie include robots and time travel. The film was written and directed by James Cameron and co-written by Gale Anne Hurd, with additional dialogue supplied by William Wisher. It was produced by Hemdale Film and Pacific Western and distributed through Orion Pictures. It was released theatrically in the United States on October 26th, 1984. A sequel film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released by Carolco Pictures and TriStar Pictures in 1991.

The Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800 Terminator, which is a robot sent back in time to assassinate Sarah Connor - the mother of futuristic revolutionary leader John Connor, thus preventing his birth, and negating the possibility of Connor's defeat of the evil A.I. regime of the future. Playing the role of Sarah Connor is actress Linda Hamilton. Actor Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, who is the heroic time traveler sent back to not only save Sarah Connor, but also to impregnate her, thus solidifying John Connor's placement in the future. Other stars in the film include Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Rick Rossovich, Dick Miller and Earl Boen.

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Actor Role
Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 Terminator
Michael Biehn Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor
Paul Winfield Lieutenant Ed Traxler
Lance Henriksen Detective Hal Vukovich
Rick Rossovich Matt Buchanan
Bess Motta Ginger Ventura
Earl Boen Doctor Peter Silberman
Dick Miller Pawn shop clerk
Shawn Schepps Nancy
Bruce W. Kerner Desk sergeant
Franco Columbu Future Terminator
Bill Paxton Punk leader
Brad Rearden Punk
Brian Thompson Punk
William Wisher, Jr. Policeman
Ken Fritz Policeman
Tom Oberhaus Policeman
Ed Dogans Cop in alley
Joe Farago TV anchorman
Tony Mirelez Station attendant
Philip Gordon Mexican boy
Anthony Trujillo Mexican boy
Stan Yale Derelict
Al Kahn Customer
Leslie Morris Customer
Hugh Farrington Customer
Harriet Medin Customer
Loree Frazier Customer
James Ralston Customer
Norman Friedman Cleaning man
Barbara Powers Ticket taker
Wayne Stone Tanker driver
David Hyde Pierce Tanker partner
John E. Bristol Phone booth man
Webster Williams Reporter
Patrick Pinney Bar customer
Bill W. Richmond Bartender
Chino "Fats" Williams Truck driver
Greg Robbins Motel customer
Marianne Muellerleile Wrong Sarah Connor
John Durban Sentry
Marian Green Dancer killed by the Terminator
J. Randolph Harrison Policeman
Darrell Mapson Bar patron
John Stuart West MacDougal

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Notes Edit

  • In Rome, during the release of Piranha II: The Spawning director James Cameron grew ill and had a dream about a metallic torso dragging itself from an explosion while holding kitchen knives. When Cameron returned to Pomona, California, he stayed at Randall Frakes' home where he wrote a draft for The Terminator.
  • Cameron later stated that his influences while writing the script were 1950s science fiction films and episodes of The Outer Limits as well as contemporary films including The Driver and The Road Warrior.
  • Cameron's agent hated the idea for The Terminator and told him to work on something else. After this, Cameron fired his agent.
  • Actor Anthony Trujillo, who plays a Mexican boy, is credited as Anthony T. Trujillo in this film.
  • Actor Norman Friedman, who plays a cleaning man, is credited as Norma Friedman in this film.
  • Actor David Hyde Pierce, who plays a tanker partner, is credited as David Pierce in this film.
  • Actor Greg Robbins, who plays a motel customer, is credited as Gregory Robbins in this film.
  • Actress Marian Green is uncredited for her participation in this film.
  • Actor J. Randolph Harrison is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor Darrell Mapson is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor John Stuart West is uncredited for his participation in this film.

Fun Facts Edit

  • This is the film that ushers in the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger phrase, "I'll be back". This originated with the first T-800 when he tried to get information from the desk sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department. When the desk sergeant proved uncooperative, the Terminator said "I'll be back" and left the building. He returned moments later by driving a car through the building. The phrase has since become associated with Schwarzenegger and he speaks the line in nearly every one of his following films.
  • Bill Paxton is the only film actor who has the distinction of being killed by a Terminator, a Xenomorph from Aliens and a Predator in Predator 2.

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1980s Sci-fi films

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