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The Terminator (1984)

US 108m, Colour
Director: James Cameron; Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Earl Boen, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen

terminator_1984In the role which helped launch his career as a film star, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s darkly humorous robot-like performance was a perfect fit for his character – a cyborg assassin sent back from the future to kill Sarah Conner, the mother of the leader of the future leader of the human resistance. Although the pre-CG special effects, particularly the close-up of Arnold’s self-corrective surgery, were never were really first-rate, the film’s unrelenting action sequences more than make up for the few visual shortfalls. The film’s strong script and convincing performances, particularly by Linda Hamilton, round out this now legendary science fiction/action/horror film which is as entertaining today as it was upon its initial release (Klaus Ming June 2011).

4 comments on “The Terminator (1984)

  1. movie guy steve

    I haven’t rewatched this yet–now I want to. It’s no mistake to suggest that Arnold’s shortcomings as an actor at the time actually enhanced his performance in this film.

  2. Klaus

    It’s been fun to re-watch movies which I have watched and enjoyed many times like this, but with a more critical eye. I don’t think there has ever been an actor so better suited for a role.

  3. joem18b

    thank goodness he’s finally done with politics and can get back to making movies. i presume that the rumor that he’s involved in the next Terminator project is true. Aging robots!

  4. Klaus

    He was more convincing as a cyborg killing machine than as a Governor.

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