Adamantium Bullet
13Jul/15

From The Vault: THE TERMINATOR

FROM THE VAULT is a spoilery, mildly rambling, sometimes NSFW look back at forgotten favorites, forgettable flops, underrated gems, and early entries in already established film franchises.

In this episode of FROM THE VAULT, J Bryant and AngieBee revisit writer/director James Cameron's THE TERMINATOR starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield, Dick Miller, and Bill Paxton.

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THE PLOT 2

An indestructible cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress (Linda Hamilton), whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier (Michael Biehn) from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

THE REVIEW 2

USELESS KNOWLEDGE

> 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.

> Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to avoid Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn as much as possible since the Terminator was trying to kill them, not form connections.

> O.J. Simpson was considered for the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.

> Near the beginning of the movie, when Sarah Connor receives a message on her answering machine breaking her date, the voice on the machine is James Cameron's. Years later, Hamilton and Cameron got married and subsequently divorced.

> James Cameron's original idea was that Skynet would send two Terminators at once: one would be a cyborg, while the other would consist of liquid metal and was able to shape-shift. Cameron realized early on that this latter effect could not be realized with the special effects at the time, so he abandoned it early on. When a completely computer-generated special effect proved to be a success in Cameron's THE ABYSS, he revived the idea of the liquid Terminator for the sequel TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY.

> Sarah Connor is 19 years old in the movie. This is proved in the sequel TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY where Dr. Silberman says Sarah is 29 years old and T-1000 checks Sarah son's, John Connor's, profile which states he's 10 years old.

> Science fiction author Harlan Ellison sued James Cameron, claiming that the film was plagiarized from the two THE OUTER LIMITS episodes that Ellison wrote, namely Soldier (1964) and Demon with a Glass Hand (1964). The concept of "Skynet" could also have been borrowed from an Ellison short story called "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream." The suit was settled out of court and newer prints of the film acknowledge Ellison. Cameron has claimed that this settlement was forced upon him by the producers. He felt that Ellison was an opportunist making invalid claims, and wanted the case to go on trial. However, the studio told him that he would be personally responsible for financial damages in the case that he lost the trial. So he had no choice but to accept the settlement, a fact that he has always resented.

> Take a few minutes and check out these deleted scenes from THE TERMINATOR. There's some good stuff, especially the original ending, tucked away in here.

> All of the above USELESS KNOWLEDGE was courtesy of IMDB.

Posted by J. Bryant

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