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(at around 15 mins) When the Terminator tosses the bearded man away from the phone booth and begins searching the phone book for Sarah Conner, he uses his finger sliding down the page to assist separating the lines of type, the way human beings do when they read. Yet the Terminators have specially enhanced telescopic vision that allows them to zoom in/out, etc., on anything, even in the dark. It therefore makes no sense that this Terminator would have to use his finger to assist with his reading, he should be able to merely glance at the book and zoom in on the entire page, or on the smallest part of the page and process this information in seconds.
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Errors in geography
(at around 38 mins) Both Sarah Connor and Lt. Traxler state that the Tech Noir nightclub is on Pico Blvd. When Kyle and Sarah leave the nightclub, they briefly run down an alley, steal a car and flee the scene. As they leave, a policeman radios in a request for "an ambulance at 7th and Broadway" (erroneously thinking the Terminator will need medical attention). But in reality, 7th and Broadway is nearly a mile away from Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, not nearby as would have to be the case for the movie sequence to make sense.
(at around 36 mins) As has been demonstrated on Brown Note (2005), and re-confirmed in Mythbusters Revisited (2005), Newton's Third Law establishes that bullets and shotgun blasts do not have the momentum to knock a human body backwards, although the trauma of being shot may cause them to fall backward. Since the Terminator is made of a solid alloy, is much heavier than a human, and cannot feel pain (confirmed by Reese), much less trauma, it should not react at all to being shot, much less be thrown backwards by the shotgun blasts in Tech Noir.
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(at around 14 mins) 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.
Traxler allows Sarah to take a nap on the couch, and he tells Sarah her mother should arrive from Big Bear in about an hour. Shortly after, the Terminator arrives, and Sarah and Reese flee, all of this happening at night. Later, the car Sarah and Reese take runs out of gas, and they spend the night under a bridge. A short time later, it's light out, or the next day, and they make their way to the Tiki Motel. Sarah then gets on the phone, and we find out the Terminator is there, and has killed her mother, mimicking her to get Sarah to reveal her location. The question is, why would Sarah's mother still be at the cabin in Big Bear when she was supposedly on her way to pick up Sarah at the police station? No mention is made of her stopping along the way at a pay phone to call her, and there were no cell phones in 1984. It also takes a lot longer than an hour to get to get to Los Angeles from Big Bear. The Central Division of the LAPD is about 120 miles (190Km) from Big Bear, with the first 40 miles (65Km) which is on highway 38, a twisty two lane mountain road. It's closer to a 3 hour drive in all.
Kyle Reese and the human resistance know a great deal about Skynet's plan to kill Sarah Connor in the past. Since there's no need for Skynet to write such a plan down or to even store it in its memory banks, how could they have discovered it? Even worse, the majority of the information actually seems to have come from John Connor's memories of what his mother told, despite the fact that she definitely would only possess the barest sketch of what Skynet had planned with most of that coming from Kyle Reese who in turn was told what he knows by John Connor.
When the Terminator is in the gun shop, he asks for the 45 Longslide with laser sighting. The owner says "Put the red dot where you want the bullet to go. You can't miss." The Terminator is seen aiming with the red dot at the wrong Sarah Connor, at Ginger, and at the correct Sarah Connor. But the Terminator's head-up display vision is red. So how would it be able see the red dot and aim on its targets?
(at around 1h 12 mins) During the flashback scene in which a Terminator infiltrates the underground human hiding place and starts killing people, if you look at the right side (his right side) of the Terminator's face by his eyes, you can see a flat line which is part of the makeup used to give him his glowing red eyes (like the sunglasses with LED lights that were popular to wear in the 1980's).