R | | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.
The "fog" in the scene after Sarah and Reese leave the bridge where they spent the night is actually bug spray, due to the big "fly scare" in the filming location at that time. The crew was going to wait until the spray dissipated, but decided to ... ...
What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...
During the gun shop scene, the Terminator asks the clerk for a 'phased plasma rifle', presumably a weapon from its own time (2029). Some claim that the Terminator, as an advanced infiltration unit, should have had detailed files on the current time period. Therefore it should have known that the plasma rifle did not exist yet in 1984. However, as Reese explained, most of the records were destroyed during the war. Skynet knew very little about Sarah Connor, apart from her name and city in 1984. It therefore doesn't seem unlikely that the information on weapons availability in the 20th century had been lost as well. The 'phased plasma rifle' may have been an earlier version of the energy weapons seen in 2029, something that might have existed in the late 20th century, so the Terminator just tried if it was available.
The opening credits run while large outlines of the two halves of THE TERMINATOR cross each other. After the last directorial credit is shown, the title THE TERMINATOR zooms backward, is filled by metallic blue, and reveals itself.
$4,020,663 (USA) (28 October 1984)
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