R | | Action, Sci-Fi
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.
According to the original treatment (accessible on the DVD version), there were supposed to be two protectors sent back to save Sarah Connor. However, this partner of Reese's would have received very little screen time, as he rematerialized right into a fire escape. It is interesting to note that this contradicts the sequel's logic in regards to the Temporal Displacement Field (matter in an orb-shaped space is replaced by its counterpart from the future).
What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...
(at around 36 mins) When the Terminator is rising to his feet after getting blasted out the window, a production vehicle and a huge stage light are visible behind him.
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.
On the TV versions shown in the USA, the sex scene between Sarah and Kyle shows just their hands moving to the theme song that plays.
$4,020,663 (USA) (28 October 1984)
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