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THE TERMINATOR (1984) – 35th Anniversary Screening with Co-Star Michael Biehn

May 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Ahrya Fine Arts

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 35th anniversary screening of one of the most popular sci-fi films of all-time, THE TERMINATOR, the movie that spawned one of the screen’s most profitable film franchises. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, Linda Hamilton, and our special guest, Michael Biehn, THE TERMINATOR screening takes place in Beverly Hills at the Ahrya Fine Arts on May 11.

Writer-director James Cameron and Producer Gale Ann Hurd had both apprenticed at Roger Corman’s low-budget factory, New World Pictures, in the late 1970s and early 1980s when they joined forces to create THE TERMINATOR. Their original screenplay (with co-writer William Wisher, inspired by works of Harlan Ellison) chronicles the battle for the survival of the human race against Skynet, a synthetic intelligent machine network of the future. In 2029, an automaton killer, T-800 (Schwarzenegger) is dispatched through time to assassinate an unsuspecting waitress, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in 1984, who turns out to be the future mother of the twenty-first–century human resistance leader, John Connor. To protect her, Connor sends guerrilla fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn). The ensuing chase, with the seemingly unstoppable Schwarzenegger, a laconic, leather-clad, and lumbering destruction machine pursuing Connor and Reese through the streets of Los Angeles, is a model of low-budget efficiency and resourcefulness.

Contemporary critics embraced the sci-fi suspense thriller, with Kirk Ellis of The Hollywood Reporter calling it “a genuine steel metal trap of a movie.” Dave Kehr of The Chicago Reader characterized its “almost graceful violence…(has) the air of a demented ballet,” and Janet Maslin in The New York Times cited it as a “B-movie with flair.” The film was a genuine sleeper, and its success led to several sequels, a television series and video games. The latest incarnation of the series, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, with Cameron returning to a creative role, is set to open theatrically later this year. The film that started it all, THE TERMINATOR, was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2008.

Cameron, of course, became one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood, staying in the sci-fi world for several landmark films ('Aliens,' 'The Abyss,' 'Avatar') and winning Oscars for a venture into the past, 'Titanic,' the biggest box-office hit of the twentieth century. Schwarzenegger went on to movie superstardom and political success. His terse line reading in the film, “I’ll be back,” is ranked 37
th of AFI’S all-time movie quotes, and his character Terminator is ranked as the 22nd greatest movie villain. Gale Ann Hurd emerged as one of the most successful female producers of the era, with 'Aliens,' 'Alien Nation,' and 'Armageddon' among her hits. Our special guest, Michael Biehn, has enjoyed a long career, primarily in action roles ('Aliens,' 'The Abyss,' 'Tombstone,' 'The Rock,' 'The Art of War') into the 21st century.

Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron with Gale Anne Hurd
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Format: DCP.
Sci-Fi, Action, Anniversary Classics

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