Special a 35mm presentation Cameron on Film

The Terminator (1984): a 35mm presentation

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James Cameron was already well versed in the intricacies of VFX and the mechanics of filmmaking when he wrote the script for The Terminator. He worked as a matte painting artist and model builder on Star Wars and John Carpenter’s Escape from New York but the meticulous craftsman really wanted to direct his own feature. He sold his first script, this lean, mean ’tech-noir’ thriller about a killer robot from the future for the symbolic price of one dollar with the condition he would be in the director’s chair himself. The result is a genre classic that made Schwarzenegger the most quoted man of the 80’s and started the illustrious career of Cameron himself. English language without subtitles.


James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
actie, science fictin, thriller
108 minuten


In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the “Terminator” back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?

Other Voices: Back Through Time: Creating The Terminator

Many cast and crew interviews cue us in on the making of the film The Terminator (1984). From James Cameron’s first concept to casting to practical effects, all this and much more is explored here to make us understand how hard it was for this idea to become a reality.

Watch the original trailer for The Terminator (1984)