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  • Director

    James Cameron

  • Starring

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    108 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    UK, USA

  • Language

    English, Spanish

  • Director of Photography: Adam Greenberg

  • Editor: Mark Goldblatt

  • Produced by: Gale Anne Hurd

  • Music: Brad Fiedel

  • Screenplay by: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd

The Terminator

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand


James Cameron’s classic tale of a time-travelling cybernetic assassin sent back from the future to prevent a man from ever being born. With tremendous performances from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn, Cameron’s action-packed science fiction thriller is truly one of the all-time greats. As with Videodrome, the integral special-effects, here created by the late Stan Winston, are still both impressive and effective, the iconic steel skeleton of The Terminator cleverly designed, much like the film itself, to retain its grim authenticity forever.

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