The Terminator (1984)

"I'll be back." The Terminator

"I'll be back." The Terminator

☆ Iconic 

The Terminator (1984) is an iconic film whose reach goes far beyond its Sci-Fi pedigree.

Directed by James Cameron.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn among many others.

Cameron not only created a monster franchise that conquered popular culture, but eerily prophesied and inspired a world of killer military robots and the Internet. James like George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) took the Sci-Fi genre to new heights by following H.G. Wells dictum of telling mythical stories with plausibility. As an audience member I was completely immersed in James fantasy world.

The runaway star of the film is Arnold. James wisely let Schwarzenegger ad lib lines with his sense of humor, irony and playfulness. Arnold made a merciless, killing machine entertaining. What makes Schwarzenegger as big a star in films as he was in bodybuilding is his ability to heighten his strengths while diminishing his weaknesses.

In the scene below watch Arnold ad lib the lines in the scene. The years he spent on the stage as a bodybuilder helped him refine his presence and energy.

Trivia - Arnold's line "I'll be back" originally was written as "I'll come back".