The Terminator

Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: September 3rd, 1997

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Sent to protect Sarah is Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who divulges the coming of Skynet, an artificial intelligence system that will spark a nuclear holocaust. Sarah is targeted because Skynet knows that her unborn son will lead the fight against them. With the virtually unstoppable Terminator in hot pursuit, she and Kyle attempt to escape.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Rick Rossovich, Bess Motta, Earl Boen

Director: James Cameron

Genres: Action , Thriller , Science fiction

Production Co: Pacific Western

Keywords: Los Angeles , Intense , 1980s , Escape , Pursuit , Suspenseful , Love ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Premiere

    A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It's a rousing science fiction story that proves an on-screen adrenaline rush. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

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