Terminator

Terminator

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Director: James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton

     
 

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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. KyleSee more details below

Overview

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).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
In this blazingly original spin on time travel, director James Cameron (Titanic) combined a variety of genres to reinvent the science-fiction/action thriller for the 1980s. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a futuristic cyborg sent backward in time to kill an unsuspecting young woman (Linda Hamilton); the film, which catapulted Arnold to super stardom, was a breakthrough hit for Cameron, who strikes a perfect balance between emotionally engaging scenes and spectacular action sequences. J.D. Merill
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
As relentless as the taciturn titular villain, The Terminator (1984) established James Cameron as a master of action, special effects, and quasi-mythic narrative intrigue, while turning Arnold Schwarzenegger into the hard-body star of the 1980s. With a budget well under $10 million, Cameron created a dystopic, trashed future world ruled by sinister robots, before returning to a darkly ominous 1984 Los Angeles where Schwarzenegger's leather-clad cyborg fits right in. Like the adversaries in Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982), the Terminator, with his computer matrix vision, embodied 1980s technological anxiety, an implacable, human-looking assassin engineered by machines and empowered through nuclear holocaust. Schwarzenegger's pumped-up physical presence, sparse dialogue, and "I'll be back" slyness rendered him both terrifying and charismatic; as with Sylvester Stallone, his body would become his signature special effect. With a time-bending romance to temper the perpetual violence, The Terminator became a sleeper hit, powering Cameron, Schwarzenegger, and producer/co-writer Gale Anne Hurd to the forefront of Hollywood action movies. As Schwarzenegger's image softened by the late 1980s, Cameron resurrected him as a "kinder, gentler" Terminator in the blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
UPC:
0883904216735
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1A
Time:
3:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Blu-ray: 7 deleted scenes; Creating the Terminator: visual effects & music; Terminator: a retrospective

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator
Michael Biehn Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor
Paul Winfield Traxler
Lance Henriksen Vukovich
Rick Rossovich Matt
Bess Motta Ginger
Norman Friedman Cleaning Man
David Hyde Pierce Tanker Partner
Brad Reardon Punk
Stanzi Stokes Actor
Tony Mirelez Station Attendant
Earl Boen Silberman
Dick Miller Pawn Shop Clerk
Shawn Schepps Nancy
Bruce M. Kerner Desk Sergeant
Franco Columbu Future Terminator
Bill Paxton Punk Leader
Brian Thompson Punk
Ken Fritz Policeman
Joe Farago TV Anchorman
Hettie Lynne Hurtes TV Anchorwoman
Philip Gordon Mexican Boy
Stan Yale Derelict
Leslie Morris Customer
Hugh Farrington Customer
Harriet Medin Customer
James Ralston Customer
Barbara Powers Ticket Taker
Patrick Pinney Bar Customer
Chino "Fats" Williams Truck Driver
Marianne Muellerleile Wrong Sarah
Ken Foree Actor
William Wisher Policeman

Technical Credits
James Cameron Director,Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Cynthia Brannon Stunts
Jonathan Cain Songwriter
Maria Rebman Caso Set Decoration/Design
George Costello Art Director
John Daly Executive Producer
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Frank DeMarco Special Effects
Joe Dolce Songwriter
Jay Ferguson Songwriter
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Roger George Special Effects
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Gale Anne Hurd Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Kleinow Special Effects
Richard Lightstone Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Donna Smith Production Designer
Stanzi Stokes Casting
Gene Warren Special Effects
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
William Wisher Screenwriter
Hilary Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Terminator
1. 2029 A.D./Main Title [:10]
2. The Arrival [:17]
3. New Wardrobe [2:48]
4. Second Visitor [:09]
5. Hard-Working Girl [1:45]
6. Gun Men [1:12]
7. "Sarah Connor?" [4:10]
8. Phone Book Rampage [:56]
9. Last One Left [2:06]
10. Uninvited Guest [1:26]
11. The Last Day of Disco [2:32]
12. Running Commenary [3:00]
13. The Possible Future [2:04]
14. "Drive!" [1:53]
15. Safety in Uniforms [5:06]
16. Self-Service [2:27]
17. "I'll Be Back!" [:57]
18. Mother of the Future [5:32]
19. The War to Come [2:37]
20. Answering Machine [4:49]
21. Not Mom [1:31]
22. Recipe For Disaster [2:53]
23. Present For the Future [:59]
24. Hot Pursuit [3:02]
25. Run Over by a Truck [4:23]
26. Hunk O' Burning Steel [3:04]
27. Factory Foolery [1:43]
28. Head Without Heels [5:29]
29. Survivor [:13]
30. Tapes For John [4:32]
31. A Storm is Coming [:51]
32. End Credits [1:40]

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