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The Terminator Details


Endlessly imitated, The Terminator made the reputation of cowriter/director James Cameron -- who would go on to make 1997's titanic James Cameron -- 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 Linda Hamilton (1991). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 26, 1984


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


James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd
James Cameron
Adam Greenberg
Jonathan Cain
Richard Lightstone
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Dolce
Brad Fiedel
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Goldblatt
Donna Smith
Production Designer
George Costello
Art Director
Derek Gibson
Executive Producer
John Daly
Executive Producer
Maria Rebman Caso
Set Designer
Hilary Wright
Costume Designer
Richard Lightstone
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Kleinow
Special Effects
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Cynthia Brannon
Stanzi Stokes
Ken Fritz
Stunts Coordinator
Stan Winston
Makeup Special Effects
Jeff Dawn