The Terminator Movie Poster
  • Released
  • February 21, 1985
  • R, 1 hr 48 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 3,213 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that kids will want to see The Terminator due to its reputation as a "classic" action film and the fact that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. But this isn't the sweet, exasperated Arnold of Kindergarten Cop or the comedic action hero of True Lies -- or even the huggable father stand-in of Terminator 2 and 3. This is a relentless, shark-eyed killer Arnold. His systematic destruction of the inhabitants of Los Angeles is unsettling even for adults. Expect virtually nonstop tension and violence, as well as swearing (including "f--k"), some partial nudity, drinking, and smoking.

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