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The Terminator (1984)

R   |    |  Action, Sci-Fi


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A seemingly indestructible android 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.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dick Miller in The Terminator (1984)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marianne Muellerleile in The Terminator (1984)
  • James Cameron at an event for The Terminator (1984)
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  • James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd at an event for The Terminator (1984)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the concept art showed a T-800 skeleton crawling after Sarah with a butcher knife.


Quotes

Truck Driver: What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...


Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) When Sarah and the Terminator are crawling through the hydraulic press, the top of the press can be clearly be seen wobbling like plywood in the background lighting. This is the same press that is strong enough to crush the robot by the end of the scene.


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

There are significant differences between the first video releases (Thorn/EMI and HBO Video) and the 1991 Hemdale release in relation to picture, sound and end credits. The Thorn/EMI release has:

  • A blurry picture throughout
  • The entire film soundtrack played at the wrong pitch, which sounds like it was recorded on a cassette tape.
  • The Post Production and credit to Harlen Elison is inserted right above the copyright date and timed to roll along at the speed of the credits.
The HBO Video release has the same blurry picture and high pitch soundtrack with the following changes:
  • The post production credit rolls as soon as the movie fades to black. After disappearing, a black, cheaply done title card done with "1980s HBO Font" shows the Harlen Elison credit. The previous timed credit that appeared in the Thorn/EMI release has been blacked out and timed to run with the credits. The 1991 Hemdale release has the following:
  • Soundtrack restored to play at the correct pitch
  • Picture is sharp and clear. The 1991 Hemdale and the Artisan Entertainment release are identical.


Soundtracks

Intimacy
Performed by Linn Van Hek
Written by Linn Van Hek,
Joe Dolce
Published by Dolceamore Music

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Genres

Action | Sci-Fi

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