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Variety: ‘Terminator’ at 30: The Best and Worst Films of Schwarzenegger

Introduction: With his juggernaut physique, six-syllable name and an accent in need of subtitles, Arnold Schwarzenegger was perhaps the most unlikely movie star to emerge from Hollywood in the ’80s. And yet that’s just what happened when “The Terminator” premiered on October 26, 1984. Although he appeared as the title character in “Conan the Barbarian” two years earlier, his frightening turn as an unstoppable cyborg assassin was the breakout role he’d been waiting for. On the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s sci-fi action classic, here’s a look at Schwarzenegger’s ten best performances, as well as five that should have been terminated.

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Variety: ‘The Terminator’ 30th Anniversary: 6 Things We Learned from Cameron and Hurd

The Terminator

Introduction: Like the cyborg killing machine it’s named for, James Cameron’s sci-fi action classic “The Terminator” is a blockbuster that simply refuses to die. And if the crowd at Wednesday’s 30th anniversary screening at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre was any indication, it never will. Writer/director Cameron and writer/producer Gale Anne Hurd were on hand to celebrate three decades of robotic rampage in a lively Q&A moderated by Geoff Boucher.

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