The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future. Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Connor. The screenplay is credited to Cameron, along with producer Gale Anne Hurd. Executive producers John Daly and Derek Gibson of Hemdale Film Corporation were instrumental in the film’s financing and production.

Directed by James Cameron
Produced by Gale Anne Hurd
Written by
  • James Cameron
  • Gale Anne Hurd
Starring
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Michael Biehn
  • Linda Hamilton
  • Paul Winfield
Music by Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Edited by Mark Goldblatt
Production
companies
  • Hemdale
  • Pacific Western Productions
  • Cinema ’84
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1984
Running time
107 minutes[1]
Country United States[2][3][4]
Language English
Budget $6.4 million[5]
Box office $78.3 million[5]