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The Terminator (1984)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Terminator (1984)

In James Cameron's original science-fiction film, the first in a series:

  • the opening future-world sequence of machines warring against each other in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles AD 2029
  • the materialization in Los Angeles of 1984 of two time travelers: the "Terminator" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Model 101 cyborg and resistance fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn)
Resistance Fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn)
Terminator T-800 Cyborg
  • the characterization of the relentless, villainous, and almost wordless killing machine
  • the scene of the shootout in the Tech-Noir bar/nightclub and Reese's statement to Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton): "Come with me if you want to live" and human resistance leader Reese's warning to a resistant Sarah Connor as he struggled with her in their car while being pursued: "It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead..."
  • the Terminator's two surgeries upon himself (his left eye and his damaged forearm) after the Tech-Noir shoot-out and after crashing a stolen police vehicle
  • the Terminator's damaging assault of a police station and his much-quoted "I'll be back" scene (before ramming into the station with his vehicle to initiate the vicious shoot-out sequence)
  • the romance between Sarah and Reese and their affecting love scene (to the accompaniment of piano music) with clenched hands held together - that ultimately produced a future liberator named John Connor
Romance Between Sarah and Reese - Resulting in Future Birth of Resistance Leader John Connor
  • the scene of the Terminator's pursuit in a tanker truck - and his fiery burning down to his red-eyed exo-skeleton

The Terminator T-800 Series (Model 101)
  • the final crushing end of the Terminator in a factory's hydraulic press

Kyle Reese to Sarah Connor: "Come with me if you want to live"

Kyle: "It can't be bargained with..."

Terminator's Damaged Eye

Terminator: "I'll be back"


Crushed by Hydraulic Press


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