The Terminator

The Terminator

DVD - 2004
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A cyborg is sent back from the future world where computers rule to eliminate the woman who will be the mother of the man who leads a resistance movement.
Audience: OFRB rating: Restricted.
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Publisher: Santa Monica : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2004]
Copyright Date: ℗2004
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Termi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Jun 07, 2018

The Terminator is an iconic film that kicked off one of the biggest series' in the world. It features revolutionary special effects, and has one of the coolest time travel stories ever. Arnold Schwarzenegger creates a very convincing and terrifying portrayal of a robot from the future, sent back in time to hunt and kill its target. The entire movie is full of suspense and fear. This creates a very exciting and engaging movie with a powerful soundtrack. The one liners from Arnold are obviously classic too, and every fight scene, and chase scene are fun to watch. My only negative is that the film hasn't aged as well as other movies from the time, mostly due to some of the odd looking prosthetics that they used. @ecozones of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 05, 2018

3rd time around for this one. It's been years since I last saw it. The movie's power is undiminished by time, fad-and-fashion and CGI. Howcum? What makes this modestly budgeted oldie (30+ years now,) STILL the hold-your-breath grabber it was first time around?

The story. For that we have relative newcomers, Director James Cameron and his producer Gale Hurd to thank. Cameron's always put story first (and effects, in a secondary support role.) Some of the writing is simply superb, allowing viewers to bond with these two desperate humans, fleeing for their lives--and the lives of the unborn child who will hold the key to the future.

As director, Cameron gets the most from Arnold Swartzenegger, Michael Biehn in the first of many pairings, and Linda Hamilton in her fourth movie role, here. Like Biehn, she's still very active, as are Cameron and Hurd (as, among other things, producer of the enormously successful and influential, The Walking Dead.)

The effects: still fabulous after all these decades--a melange of, among other things, believable Stop Motion and superb miniature work all made even more convincing by great work by relative newcomer--and now veteran--Mark Goldblatt, as editor.

What a script! What a team! What a classic.

Jan 23, 2018

Ahnald just killing people to get to Sarah Connor. Great film!

Jan 04, 2018

A classic.
My sister told me she doesn't like action movies or sci-fi, but she likes this action sci-fi movie.
Because it's interesting, solid, and clever.
This is the best in the series. Terminator 2 is the only other one really worth watching.

Sep 29, 2017

Much of Terminator's greatness is due to its low-budget aesthetic and lo-fi energy; perhaps out of necessity, Cameron's sense of storytelling has a lean efficiency that both he and the series have long since abandoned.

Aug 17, 2017

The movie still holds up, nearly 30 years later, despite some funny and interesting plot holes.

Sep 29, 2016

Great film. At the time this was groundbreaking--and it still is. Even though the acting (mediocre at best), and special effects (cheesy by todays standards) were not so hot, the story centertainly is and stands among some of the best science fiction films to date.

Sep 20, 2016

An all time classic sci-fi/action film- you can argue that despite the relatively low budget, this is the best of the series.

Aug 26, 2016

Well, darlings - Personally, I think that it would've made a whole lot more sense if the Terminator had actually been sent even farther back in time and that way he could've terminated Sarah's parents before they even met each other. Yeah. That way we wouldn't of had to tolerate Sarah Connor (the dummy) at all in this movie.

Doesn't that sound better to you? It sure does to me.

Apr 28, 2016

Come with me if you want to live >>

I came across time for you Sarah. I love you . I always have >>>

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Jan 23, 2018

The Terminator: [while wearing sunglasses] I'm a friend of Sarah Connor. I was told she was here. Could I see her please?

Desk Sergeant: No, you can't see her she's making a statement.

The Terminator: Where is she?

Desk Sergeant: [uses his pencil to point to the bench] Look, it may take a while. Want to wait? There's a bench over there.

[points to bench]

The Terminator: [looks around, examining the structural integrity of the room, then looks back at him] I'll be back!

aaa5756 May 16, 2013

“Computers are useless. They only give answers.” -Pablo Picasso

aaa5756 May 15, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Nov 18, 2012

Sarah Conner; Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean, am I tough? Am I organized? I can't even balance my check book!

laustcawz Sep 17, 2012

Reese: "Listen...& understand! That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity...or remorse...or fear...& it absolutely will not stop...ever...until you are DEAD!"

Jul 17, 2012

Reese: You've been targeted for termination.

Dec 15, 2009

THE TERMINATOR: I'll be back.

Dec 15, 2009

REESE: Come with me if you want to live.

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Feb 15, 2018

EmmeliaM thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jul 04, 2015

hulk101 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

Jul 25, 2013

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Jul 09, 2012

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Jun 17, 2008

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Jul 25, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: At the beginning of the movie, the terminator pulls a guys heart out. Kinda gross. Also, he slices his own arm and cuts his eye out.

Jul 25, 2013

Violence: There is a lot of violence throughout the movie.

Jun 17, 2008

Coarse Language: Swearing.

Jun 17, 2008

Sexual Content: Short sex scene. Some nudity.

Jun 17, 2008

Violence: People are shot and beat up.


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Aug 20, 2015

An unstoppable cyborg (Terminator series 800 Model 101) is sent back in time to assasinate the mother (Sarah Connor) of the leader of the resistance. Along with the cyborg comes a soldier of the resistance (Kyle Reese), sent back to protect Sarah Connor from the Terminator.

Jun 17, 2008

A terminator is sent back in time to kill the mother of the eventual leader of the human resistance against the machines. A soldier is sent back in time to protect her from the terminator (a human-like robot).

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