Director: James Cameron. Producer: Gale Anne Hurd. Writers: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd & William Wisher, Jr. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor), Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese), Paul Winfield (Lt. Ed Traxler), Lance Henriksen (Hal Vukovich), Earl Boen (Dr. Silberman), Bess Motta (Ginger Ventura), Rick Rossovich (Matt Buchanan), Dick Miller (gun shop clerk), Shawn Schepps (Nancy), Bruce M. Kerner (desk sergeant), Franco Columbu (Terminator in 2029), Bill Paxton, Brad Rearden & Brian Thompson (punks), Marianne Muellerleile (“Sarah Connor”). Music: Brad Fiedel. Cinematography: Adam Greenberg. Editor: Mark Goldblatt. Studio: Hemdale Film Corporation, Pacific Western Productions. Distributor: Orion Pictures. 108 mins, 1984.
The Terminator (1984) is a low budget time travel movie about an almost indestructible cyborg, or Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), which is sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic future where the remnants of the human race are fighting for survival against a monstrous artificial intelligence, Skynet.