Dir. James Cameron. 1984, 108 mins. 35mm. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn. Arnold Schwarzenegger put his hulking frame to good use—and attained pop-culture icon status—as the titular killing machine, sent back in time from a dystopian future to the 1980s to assassinate the woman destined to give birth to his would-be nemesis. In his breakout hit, director James Cameron keeps the proceedings pleasingly pulpy, giddily mixing whiz-bang action, eye-popping special effects, grim humor, and brain-teasing science-fiction tropes for a sleek and sophisticated action thrill ride.
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