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The Terminator

Michael Biehn's character gets bitten on the hand by another character. This happens to him in every James Cameron movie he's in - see Aliens (1986) and The Abyss (1989).

O J Simpson was considered for the role of the terminator, but the producers feared he wouldn't be taken seriously.

Lance Henriksen was originally cast as the Terminator, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hero. Schwarzenegger read the script, and asked to play the Terminator instead.

Just after the first scene in the nightclub TechNoir, we hear a police radio report a "two-eleven in progress at Bob's Liquor, corner of Third and Cameron," an possible reference to director James Cameron.

Shots through the Terminator's vision show Apple 2+ assembly code, taken from "Nibble", a computing magazine. Other code visible is written in COBOL.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice is used in exactly 16 lines, with 17 sentences spoken. The Terminator has two other lines onscreen, one with the voice of a police officer overdubbed, and one with the voice of Sarah's mother overdubbed. There are also many lines with the voice of Sarah's mother, and we learn that the Terminator is actually saying them, but we don't see it.

Science Fiction author Harlan Ellison filed a lawsuit against Cameron, claiming that Cameron plagiarized several of his short stories, namely "Soldier" and "Demon With a Glass Hand". The concept of "SkyNet" could also have been borrowed from an Ellison short story called "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream". Newer prints of the film acknowledge Ellison.

A scene in which a person picked up the CPU of the Terminator after it was crushed was filmed, but not included.

This is the first movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger says "I'll be back!"

Some TV versions include a scene now missing from the release available on VHS, set inside the police station. Sarah Connor emerges from under Lt. Traxler's character desk, revealing herself to Reese. In the next room they encounter Traxler Winfield's character, shot and bleeding on the floor, who hands Reese his Police Special revolver.

Many of the violent parts were shortened or completely removed for the German TV and video retail version which is rated "Not under 16". The uncut version, rated "Not under 18", is available in video shops.

Facts courtesy of Internet Movie Database and Orion Pictures.

Related flicks:
Terminator 2
Blade Runner
The Matrix

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