The terminator

1984 USA 108 Minutes

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I'll be back

Arnold SchwarzeneggerIn 2029, at the end of a war between humans and a network of AI computers, the computers send an inhuman, invincible cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back to 1984 to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). One day she'll be the mother of a son, John,who will lead a rebellion against the evil cyborg leaders of Earth's future.

Michael Biehn + Linda HamiltonThe resistance learns of the plan and sends a soldier back to protect Sarah from the Terminator. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is to help her stave off the relentless robot. What follows is a race against time to see which of the time travelers reaches her first, with nothing less than the future of the human race hanging in the balance.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger


Release date: October 26, 1984

The movie was shot in: Los Angeles

Schwarzenegger's voice can be heard in 17 sentences with a total of 74 words.

Lance Henriksen was originally cast as the Terminator, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hero. Schwarzenegger read the script, and asked to play the Terminator instead.

1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I would rather be Governor of California than own Austria


Arnold is married to Maria Shriver. She’s the niece to former president John F. Kennedy.


July 30, 1947

Born as:

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Born in Graz, Austria, Arnold was raised with strict rules and morals instilled by his parents. Coming to America to make his fortune, Schwarzenegger landed the title role in the low-budget Hercules in New York (1970). But it was his supporting role in Stay Hungry (1976) for which Scwarzenegger won a Best Newcomer Golden Globe, and his turn playing himself in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977), that prompted more interest from casting agents.

So he obtained the lead role in Conan the Barbarian (1982) but his most memorable and career-launching role came with The Terminator in 1984.

Over the next few years, Schwarzenegger's films became increasingly technological and violent, including Predator (1987) and Total Recall (1990). In 1993 the first fiasco came with the tongue-in cheek Last Action Hero. Arnold made his last movie in 2003 with part three in The Terminator series.

He announced his candidacy for Governor of California, in August 2003. Two months later, Schwarzenegger was elected, earning nearly 3.4 million votes.

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