Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield
James Cameron (Director), James Cameron (Writer), Gale Anne Hurd (Writer)
Released: Oct. 26th, 1984
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
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?
Breaking down that scene showcases the amount of creative talent Cameron has, every shot has a purpose, every action is justified and the repetitive machine like music heightens the tension beautifully.
The script is also incredible tight and the story is perfectly paced, never dull for even a moment.
Most people will say that Terminator 2 is an improvement on this film but I would disagree.