The Terminator script
Synopsis: The Terminator is a 1984 American science-fiction action film written and directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future. Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Connor.

clean, right?

Terminator eyes them without expression, unhurried.



Nothing clean. Right.


This guy's a couple bricks


Terminator turn to the second punk, ignoring the



Your clothes. Give them to me.

The punks exchange glances, dismayed.






Fuck you, asshole.

Without warning Terminator hammer-punches him in the temple

with blinding speed. The blow flings him with a CLANG into

the jungle gym. He drops to the ground in a still heap,

eyes open, twitching.

The leader whips out his SWITCHBLADE and slashes in one

motion. Terminator ducks back and catches the knife-

wielder's wrist in an inhuman grip. Then he punches the

leader with piledriver force just below the breastbone.

ANGLE - PAVEMENT, as the knife clatters down. The punk's

combat boots are on tiptoe, barely touching the ground.

ANGLE - TWO SHOT, Terminator and the leader are close

together as if dancing, but motionless. Their bodies are in

total shadow. The punk's eyes are wide, his veins distended

with an agonizing pressure. Terminator jerks his fist back

with a WET SOUND and the other drops OUT OF FRAME.

The last tough is stumbling away, gaping with terror. He

backs into a chainlink fence, turns to run along it, finds

he is in a corner.

Terminator takes a step toward him, his gaze ominous.

The punk begins shakily stripping off his clothes.

Thunder peals overhead.



A light RAIN begins to fall.

Terminator emerges onto the street from the playground,

pausing in the pool of light under a streetlight to hike

the collar of the punk's jacket.

The rain streams down over his face, running into

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James Cameron

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. more…

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