The Terminator Movie Behind The Scenes

Making The Terminator

The Terminator Picture
"To Protect And Serve..."


Go behind the scenes on the 1984 Action / Adventure movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn More Cast

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When the final shot, where Sarah Connor drives off to the horizon in Mexico, was filmed, everything was perfect: the weather, no cars, and then, they saw a dot of a car coming by. It was a police car. And they were of course shooting this scene without a permit. Allegedly, the cop was talked into blocking the road up front, and the permit thing was dulled away when one of the crew members told that his son, who happened to be on the set, had a "film school project", and they had just that shot left before they were finished. They fooled the policeman, and then the last shot was in the bag.
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Hand-held cameras were used for much of the action. This helped to give "an energy to the scene that you can't get any other way" according to cinematographer Adam Greenberg.
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Arnie allegedly delayed the start of filming by 2 days because he claimed the custom made leather jacket wasn't manly enough!
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The part where the terminator smashes through the windshield was done in one take with a real windshield. A hydraulic ram was utilized to make it appear that it was Schwarzenegger's fist shattering the glass.
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The car door window smashing scene was filmed with just Arnold and one other (possibly Cameron) with the camera, in a residential area, with no filming permission. After smashing the window, locals became concerned and phoned the police meaning the scene had to be filmed quickly, so they could get away before the law turned up.
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When Michael Biehn had auditioned for the role he did so with a Southern accent. Initially the filmmakers were interested in the actor but the accent was something which they felt was unnecessary. Biehn's agent told the filmmakers that he wasn't Southern and that he had recently been hard at work auditioning for a role in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Biehn had co-starred with fellow "Terminator" co-stars Rick Rossovich and Bill Paxton in the previuos year's "The Lords of Discipline" and later in "Navy S.E.A.L.'s" (1990).
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Stan Winston's effects efforts were so impressive that some in the cast and crew could not tell which shots of Arnold were the real thing or animatronic!
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Apparently the nightclub 'Tech Noir' was an empty unit that the production team made look like a club, including the neon sign out front. It was so successful that people walking down the street actually tried to pay to get into the place -thinking it was real. The production was so hard up for cash that they almost considered taking the money!
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Linda Hamilton broke her ankle before shooting began. James Cameron came close to recasting the role of Sarah Connor before someone brought forth a sports doctor to wrap her foot in a sort of running cast and apparently told the Terminator director, "if she were playing for the Rams, she'd be in the game tomorrow." Lucky Linda.

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Deleted Scenes

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