The Terminator


(out of 5)

Fans of James Cameron’s later, more expensive extravangazas will be thrilled to know that the talent was there from the start. A winning combination of tech obsession and character development, it stars as a California waitress who doesn’t know that she’s the murder target of a supercomputer cyborg () who has travelled back through time to kill her. In the future, humans and machines are at war and Hamilton’s (now as-yet unborn) son is leading the human resistance and doing a good enough job to make the cyborgs nervous. plays a soldier who also travels back to protect Hamilton, and together the two of them have to do their utmost to outmaneuver this incredibly powerful thinking machine. The strains of a limited budget are obvious in the primitive makeup and visual effects, but this doesn’t ever dull the impact of the thought-provoking and exciting story. Seven years later, Cameron made science-fiction film history with the incredible sequel.

Hemdale, Pacific Western, Euro Film Funding, Cinema ’84/Greenberg Brothers Partnership

United Kingdom/USA, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by James Cameron, , additional dialogue by

Cinematography by

Produced by Gale Anne Hurd

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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