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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Biehn
Linda Hamilton
Paul Winfield
Directors
James Cameron
Screenwriters
Harlan Ellison
James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
William Wisher Jr.
Running Time
108 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: The Terminator
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Plot
A cyborg assassin called "The Terminator" is sent back through time to 1984 to kill the seemingly innocent Sarah Connor - a woman whose unborn son will lead the human race to victory in a bitter future war with a race of machines. If the Terminator succeeds, mankind is doomed. Sarah's only hope is a soldier from that post-apocalyptic war, who has chased the Terminator back through time. The future of the human race depends on which one finds her first...


Verdict
As chillingly efficient in exacting thrills from its audience as its titular character is in executing its targets.


Reviewed by Clark Collis

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