The Terminator

  • 18
  • James Cameron (1984)
  • US
  • 102 min
The Terminator
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Arnold Schwarzenegger said "I'll be back," and he was, seven years later. But the success of the subsequent sequels should not undermine the powerhouse strengths of James Cameron's original hi-tech nightmare. Arnie is perfectly cast as the violent cyborg who is time-warped from the future to alter the nuclear war-torn course of history, while Linda Hamilton shines as the bewildered waitress who will unwittingly become the saviour of the human race. Maximum excitement is generated from the first frame and the dynamic thrills are maintained right up to the nerve-jangling climax. Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton. In the not-too-distant future, machines rule the Earth and are locked in combat with a gallant band of freedom fighters led by John Connor. Back in present-day Los Angeles, his mother Sarah is unaware of her role in the struggles to come, until the arrival of a Terminator, a terrifying robot assassin whose only purpose is to kill her and thereby change the future.

Cast and crew

Cast

The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Kyle Reese
Michael Biehn
Sarah Connor
Linda Hamilton
Traxler
Paul Winfield
Vukovich
Lance Henriksen
Matt
Rick Rossovich
Ginger
Bess Motta
Silberman
Earl Boen
Pawn shop clerk
Dick Miller
Nancy
Shawn Schepps
Desk sergeant
Bruce M Kerner
Future Terminator
Franco Columbu
Punk leader
Bill Paxton
Punk
Brad Reardon
Punk
Brian Thompson
Cop in alley
Ed Dogans
TV anchorman
Joe Farago
TV anchorwoman
Hettie Lynne Hurtes
Station attendant
Tony Mirelez

Crew

Director
James Cameron

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Mar 2001
Certificate 18
Distributor:
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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