The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 52)::
29. “Terminator” (1984)
A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.
Michael Biehn—Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton—Sarah Connor
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $4,020,663 (USA) (1005 Screens)
*Gross: $78,371,200 (Worldwide)
*Michael Biehn almost didn't get the role of Kyle Reese because in his first audition he spoke in a Southern accent as a result of working on a part for a stage production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (he didn't get the role), and the producers didn't want Reese to seem regionalized. After a talk with Biehn's agent, the producers called Biehn back for another audition and he got the part.
*O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. In 1990, (years, ironically, before Simpson's first trial) Dark Horse Comics printed issues using his likeness.
*Jürgen Prochnow was also considered to play the title role.
*Shots through the Terminator's vision shows a dump of the ROM assembler code for the Apple II operation system. If you own an Apple II, enter at the basic prompt: call -151 * p This will give you the terminator view. Other code visible is written in COBOL.
*Series Trademark: When Reese saves Sarah at the nightclub shootout, he says, "Come with me if you want to live."
*Wolfie, James Cameron's German Shepherd dog, can be seen at the Tiki Motel.
*The beginning of production was postponed for nine months, due to Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to Conan the Destroyer. During this time, James Cameron wanted to be working but didn't have the time to do a whole other film so he took on a writing assignment; this turned out to be Aliens.
*Linda Hamilton broke her ankle prior to production, and had to have her leg wrapped every day so she could do her chase scenes. Those scenes were also moved towards the end of the shooting schedule.
*Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous debut line 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back'.
*Arnold Schwarzenegger was trained for weeks on weapons handling before he started the film, and wound up garnering a compliment in "Soldier of Fortune" magazine for his realistic handling of the guns on camera (whereas the magazine usually lampoons movies for their inaccurate depictions of weapons use).
*Mel Gibson turned down the role of the Terminator.
*The role of Sarah Connor was originally written by James Cameron for Bridget Fonda, who passed out from the project. He later replaced Bridget Fonda with Tatum O'Neal. However, it was decision of James Cameron to make the character of Sarah Connor older. He suggested Kate Capshaw for the role of Sarah, but Capshaw was filming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He later suggested Kathleen Turner for the part, but Turner was filming Romancing the Stone.
*Gilda Radner, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Close, Rhea Perlman, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Lori Loughlin, Kim Basinger, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Christie Brinkley, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ally Sheedy, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Kay Lenz, Liza Minnelli, Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Miranda Richardson, Rosanna Arquette, Meg Ryan, Heather Locklear, Jennifer Grey, Madonna, Amy Irving, Teri Garr, Margot Kidder and Tatum O'Neal were all considered for the role of Sarah Connor before it was offered to Debra Winger. However, Winger declined before filming began.
*Randy Quaid was considered for the lead role.
*Jennifer Jason Leigh was considered for the role of Sarah Connor, but director James Cameron feared she was too young for the part. She was later recast as Ginger but she was replaced at the last minute with Bess Motta.
*Tom Selleck was rumored to be cast as The Terminator, but was forced to turn the role down due to his commitment to the TV series Magnum, P.I.. Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas were considered to play The Terminator.
*Debra Winger was James Cameron's preferred choice after he watched her in An Officer and a Gentleman. Michelle Pfeiffer, Diane Lane and Carrie Fisher were all considered to play the part, and both Sharon Stone and Kelly McGillis auditioned for the role.
*James Cameron wrote the part of Sarah Connor as a teenage girl. It was rewritten as a twenty-something woman.
Why I Picked this movie #29:
1. It still holds up.
2. The best action/Si-Fy movie from the 1980’s.
3. One of the most memorable quotes in film history.
4. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
5. Awesome action scenes.
6. Great twist and turns.
7. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
8. Linda Hamilton big-fat-cans
9. Cameron at his best.
10. One of the most imaginative movies made in the 1980.
11. Awesome Script.
12. Awesome cast.
13. First half of the movie where you do not know what is going on or who is the good guy or bad guy?
14. Arnold Schwarzenegger is straight up bad ass
First time seeing it:
On VHS tape.