The Terminator

The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction film about a human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg who is sent from the future to kill the eventual mother of a resistance leader.

Year:
1984
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Dr. Silberman:
So, You're a soldier, fighting for whom?

Kyle Reese:
With the One Thirty Second under Perry, from '21 to '27.

Dr. Silberman:
That's the year 2027?

Kyle:
That's right, Then I was assigned Recon/Security, last two years, under John Connor.

Hal Vukovich:
This is fuckin' great.

Dr. Silberman:
And who was the enemy again?

Kyle:
A computer defense system built for...

Dr. Silberman:
[Silberman's beeper goes off] Damn! [turns off beeper] Sorry.

Kyle:
Built for SAC-NORAD by Cyberdyne Systems.

Dr. Silberman:
I see, And this uh, computer thinks it can win by, uh killing the mother of it's enemy, killing him in effect, before he's even conceived, Some sort of retroactive abortion?

Vukovich:
[chuckling] That guy Silberman cracks me up, last weekend this guy burned his Afghan, he screwed it first, then he set it on fire...

Ed Traxler:
Hey, shut up.

Dr. Silberman:
Why didn't the computer just kill Connor then?, Why this elaborate scheme with The Terminator?.

Kyle:
It had no choice. Their defense grid was smashed. We'd won. Taking out Connor then would make no difference. Skynet had to wipe out his entire existence!

Dr. Silberman:
Is that when you captured the lab complex and found that, uh, what was it called... the time displacement equipment?

Kyle:
That's right. The Terminator had already gone through. Connor sent me to intercept him and they blew the whole place.

Dr. Silberman:
Well, how are you supposed to get back?

Kyle:
I can't. Nobody goes home. Nobody else comes through. It's just him - and me.

[Kyle and Sarah escape the Terminator's assault at a police station and hide in an abandoned house to tend to his wounds]

Sarah:
Would you talk about something?

Kyle:
What?

Sarah:
I don't know. Anything. Just talk. Tell me about my son.

Kyle:
He's about my height. He has your eyes.

Sarah:
What's he like?

Kyle:
You trust him. He's got a strength. I'd die for John Connor.

Sarah:
Well, at least now I know what to name him. I don't suppose you know who the father is so I won't tell him to get lost when I meet him.

Kyle:
John never said much about him. I know he dies before the war-

Sarah:
Wait! I don't want to know. So, was it John that sent you here?

Kyle:
I volunteered.

Sarah:
Why?

Kyle:
It was a chance to meet the legend... Sarah Connor. Taught her son to fight, organize, prepare from when he was a kid. When you were in hiding before the war.

Sarah:
You're talking about things I haven't done yet, in the past tense. It's driving me crazy. Are you sure you have the right person?

Kyle:
I'm sure.

Sarah:
[angry, irritated] Oh, come on. Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean am I tough, organized? I can't even balance my checkbook! Look Reese, I didn't ask for this honor and I don't want it, any of it!

Kyle:
Your son gave me a message to give to you. He made me memorize it. [reciting] "Thank you, Sarah, for your courage through the dark years. I can't help you with what you must soon face, except to say that the future is not set. You must be stronger than you imagine you can be. You must survive, or I will never exist." That is all. [examines the bandage Sarah has put on his hand] It's a good field dressing.

Sarah:
[bitterly] You like it? It's my first.

[A very pregnant Sarah begins recording a taped message while driving through the Mexican desert.]

Sarah:
Tape 7, November 10...Where was I? What's difficult is trying to decide what to tell you and what not to. But I guess I have a while before you're old enough to understand these tapes. They're more for me at this point just so that I can get it straight.

[pulls up at a gas station; a clerk comes out]

Sarah:
¿Gasolina, por favor?

Gas Station Clerk:
¿Cuánto?

Sarah:
Llena el tanque.

Gas Station Clerk:
Fill 'er up! ¡Sí!

Sarah:
[recording] Should I tell you about your father? Boy, that's a tough one. Will it affect your decision to send him here, knowing that he is your father? If you don't send Kyle, you can never be. God, a person could go crazy thinking about this. I suppose I will tell you. I owe him that. Maybe it'll help if you know that, in the few hours we had together, we loved a lifetime's worth. [stops recording because a boy has just taken a Polaroid picture of her]

Boy:
Usted es muy hermosa, señora, y tengo apena decirle que me dé cinco dólares americanos, pero si no, mi padre me va a pegar.

Sarah:
[to clerk] What did he just say?

Gas Station Clerk:
He says you're very beautiful, señora, and he's ashamed to ask you for five American dollars for his picture - but if he doesn't, his father will beat him.

Sarah:
Pretty good hustle, kid. [raises four fingers] Cuatro.

Boy:
¡Sí, sí! [accepts two two-dollar bills] Gracias. [leaves, but calls back a warning] ¡Miren, miren! ¡Allá! ¡Viene una tormenta!

Sarah:
[to clerk] What did he just say?

Gas Station Clerk:
He said there's a storm coming in.

Sarah:
[contemplatively] I know.

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