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.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic catchphrase almost became "I will be back" because he thought it sounded more machine-like without a contraction; he also felt "I'll" sounded too feminine. It was the one major disagreement between Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, and all Cameron had ... ...
What the hell? Goddamn son of a bitch...
As the Terminator walks toward the wall at the Griffith Park observatory, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the far left of the screen before the shot ends.
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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