When The Terminator hit theaters in October 1984, moviegoers were presented with a heaping helping of sci-fi action, and a truly confusing paradox ending. Successfully launching an epic franchise, The Terminator was made for a measly $6 million (via Box Office Mojo) but was a surprise success because of its clever writing and unique mixture of action and science fiction. The film helped establish director James Cameron as a force in Hollywood, and the film spawned a slew of successful film sequels, video games, and television shows. Aside from its financial success, The Terminator is one of the few action films to hold a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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