The Terminator

Orion Pictures presents "The Terminator"

Orion Pictures presents “The Terminator”

The year was 1984. We, as a collective society, used a lot of product in our hair, we went out dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, we drank a lot of beer, and we wore ridiculous clothes. Our idea of science fiction movies was about to be set on its head, again, with the release of James Cameron’s “The Terminator”.

Starring a little-known actor named Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a similarly unknown cast led by Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn, “The Terminator” was a mind-bending journey through one desperately long night in Los Angeles. The fate of humankind rests on whether one woman, Sarah Connor (Hamilton), can survive the relentless pursuits of the terminator, a humanoid synthetic robot hell bent on killing her.

Bill Paxton has a memorable cameo in "The Terminator"

Bill Paxton has a memorable cameo in “The Terminator”

The Terminator, sent back in time from the year 2029, lands in present day (1984) Los Angeles with one mission: kill Sarah Connor. After a series of mysterious homicides are reported on the news, all victims named Sarah Connor or some derivation thereof, our heroine begins seeing potential assassins everywhere. Including in the face of her would-be savior, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn). Eventually, he convinces her that the only thing standing between Connor and her imminent demise, besides her own, fiercely independent tenacity that is, is well … him. He also, charmingly in a matter befitting a film from the 80s, convinces her, in the midst of all of this drama, bloodshed, violence and fleeing, it would be a good idea to hop into bed with him.

Groundbreaking prosthetics and animatronics made "The Terminator" a hit

Groundbreaking prosthetics and animatronics made “The Terminator” a hit

The special effects in James Cameron’s “The Terminator” were groundbreaking. They lent a sophistication and technological wonderment to the film that help launch a generations’ fear of self-aware AI. Nearly 30 years later, people still talk about the day Skynet became self-aware. “The Terminator”, for all intents and purposes, became a cultural phenomenon and secured its place in the lexicon of science fiction film.

A fun wiki fact: Schwarzenegger spoke fewer than 18 lines of dialogue. James Cameron had this to say on the casting of, what would become, one of cinema’s greatest characters:

“Casting Arnold Schwarzenegger as our Terminator, on the other hand, shouldn’t have worked. The guy is supposed to be an infiltration unit, and there’s no way you wouldn’t spot a Terminator in a crowd instantly if they all looked like Arnold. It made no sense whatsoever. But the beauty of movies is that they don’t have to be logical. They just have to have plausibility. If there’s a visceral, cinematic thing happening that the audience likes, they don’t care if it goes against what’s likely.” (From an interview with Wired magazine)

Linda Hamilton is "Sarah Connor"

Linda Hamilton is “Sarah Connor”

“The Terminator” which went on to spawn a host of relatively unpopular sequels, including turns by Christian Bale as the adult John Connor (Sarah’s unborn progeny in “The Terminator”). News came that Annapurna Pictures may be interested in launching a reboot of the series. Rumor has it any reboot would likely lack the fan-desired reunion of any of the original cast members. Annapurna Pictures tweeted October 30th:

“The whole thing goes: The future’s not set. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.” -John Connor, Terminator 2 (news is coming)

Explore more –

Online: The Terminator (1984) on

Wiki facts: The Terminator (1984) wiki

Watch the Trailer: The Terminator (1984) trailer


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