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Scenes filmed but not included in DVD or Special Edition releases: 1) After a resistance soldier destroys an endoskeleton, another soldier enters into view and picks up the plasma rifle. 2) When the T-1000 asks the location of the Galleria, the two girls giggle in disbelief. He replies, "I am kind of new here." 3) After the Terminator injures the gatehouse guard, John says "Sorry" to that poor bloke. 4) The nurse asks the T-1000 (as Lewis) what he is carrying. He replies, "Just some trash." before dragging the real body into the closet. 5) When the T-1000 arrives at Sarah's cell, Douglas, the guard whom Sarah beat up, is screaming for his release. The T-1000 ignores him, and changes back to his default form. 6) During the escape from the asylum, Sarah asks the Terminator whether the T-1000 can be destroyed. Terminator answers that this is unknown (this shot was in the trailer).
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Until Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), this was the only sequel to win an Academy Award when the previous installment(s) received no nomination.
In the audio commentary, James Cameron says that not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from where LAPD officers beat up Rodney King, but that they were filming the night of the beating.
For the storm drain sequence, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in pain because, since he couldn't wear a glove while cocking the gun, his fingers would get stuck in the mechanism. He tore the skin from his fingers and hand many times before he mastered it; and he achieved this while trying to act and control a Harley at the same time as James Cameron told him where to look. He couldn't dart his eyes either because it would have ruined the shot. Shooting the gates also took weeks of practice because he had to also act cool while doing it.
Production took sufficiently long that Edward Furlong visibly aged during the shoot - he is clearly much younger in the desert, for instance, than in other scenes. His voice began to break and had to be pitched to one level in post-production.
A female passer-by actually wandered onto the biker bar set thinking it was real, despite walking past all the location trucks, cameras and lights. Seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger standing in the bar dressed only in boxer shorts, she wondered aloud what was going on, only for Schwarzenegger to reply that it was male stripper night.
Given Arnold Schwarzenegger's $15-million salary and his total of 700 words of dialog, he was paid $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716.
Special F/X guru Stan Winston and his crew studied hours of nuclear test footage in order to make Sarah Connor's "nuclear nightmare" scene as real as possible. In late 1991, members of several U.S. federal nuclear testing labs unofficially declared it "the most accurate depiction of a nuclear blast ever created for a fictional motion picture". For Sarah's nightmare of the nuclear holocaust, some of the materials used in the miniature Los Angeles model that mimicked all the destroyed masonry were Matzos crackers and Shredded Wheat. After each take, it would take on average two days to set the model up to shoot again.
Linda Hamilton learned to pick locks for the scene in the mental hospital where she does precisely that with a paperclip.
Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren was used as a double in scenes involving two "Sarah Connors" (i.e., when the T1000 was imitating her), and in a scene not in the theatrical release (but on the DVD) as a mirror image of Linda.
Industrial Light and Magic's computer graphics department had to grow from six artists to almost 36 to accommodate all the work required to bring the T-1000 to life, costing $5.5 million and taking 8 months to produce, which ultimately amounted to 3.5 minutes of screen time.
According to James Cameron, Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear during the elevator shootout because she had not replaced her ear plugs after removing them between takes.
Robert Patrick trained in a rigorous running regime in order to be able to appear to run at high speeds without showing fatigue on film.
The mini-gun used in the film was the same mini-gun that was used in Predator (1987) also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
One of the main percussive sounds of Brad Fiedel's score - the metallic beats of the Terminator theme - is not created by a synthesizer. It's Fiedel striking one of his cast-iron frying pans.
Carolco studio executives were nervous and concerned when the original budget of $75 million ballooned up to $88 million, with more to come. In order to keep the budget manageable, they proposed to eliminate a few scenes, particularly the opening biker bar scene where the Terminator was introduced. They tried to get Arnold Schwarzenegger to persuade James Cameron to remove that scene, but Schwarzenegger turned them down, saying, "Only a studio guy would cut a scene out like that."
Robert Patrick mimicked the head movements of the American bald eagle for his role as T-1000.
This is the only Terminator film to win or be nominated for an Oscar. It won 4 and was nominated for 2 others.
The T800's bike jump into the storm drain was performed by stuntman Peter Kent. The motorbike was supported by one-inch cables, so that when they hit the ground, the bike and rider only weighed 180 pounds. The cables were later digitally erased.
The idea to destroy the Cyberdyne Systems building to prevent the future war was in the first Terminator movie but was cut from the final release (you can see it in the deleted scenes section of The Terminator (1984) DVD.) James Cameron said it was lucky that he chose to cut that scene in 1984 as it forms the "nucleus" of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
The Terminators seen at the beginning of the movie were fully workable animatronic models.
The original script did not call for the top of the truck to be ripped off during the chase through the storm drain beside/beneath the freeway, but when they arrived on location they found that the cab wouldn't fit under the overpass so director James Cameron decided that the roof was going to have to come off.
After the release of The Abyss (1989) (featuring the infamous pseudo-pod scene), James Cameron felt he was ready to start working on this film. However, he knew that half of the film's rights was owned by Hemdale (producer of The Terminator (1984)) - ultimately went bankrupt - and the lack of funding prevented him from working. While working on Total Recall (1990) with Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna, Arnold Schwarzenegger learned of Cameron's intention to work on the film and it was him who urged Kassar and Vajna to buy the rights from Hemdale. Finally, they bought it in February 1990 and Cameron would only start work the following month.
Pilot Charles A. Tamburro actually flew the helicopter under the overpass in the final chase scene. The camera crew refused to film the shot because of the high risk involved. James Cameron did the filming with the help of the camera car driver.
The sound used for Arnold Schwarzenegger's shotgun is actually two cannons.
The T-1000 has four arms while in the helicopter: two for flying the helicopter and two for firing and reloading the MP-5K submachine gun.
The "forced medication" scene (Special Edition only) had to be re-shot several times because actor Ken Gibbel wouldn't hit Linda Hamilton properly with his nightstick. The scene was very physically demanding and Hamilton was furious with Gibbel because he repeatedly botched it. She got her revenge in a later scene where she beats Gibbel with a broken-off broom handle - the blows are for real.
Most of Edward Furlong's voice had to be re-dubbed by Furlong again in post-production because it changed during shooting. His young voice is left intact only in the scene where he and Terminator are talking about why people cry, because James Cameron wanted it to sound dramatic and thought it was better if left intact.
Despite the film's R rating, numerous children's toys were released, and were a financial success.
With the film's domestic box office adjusted for inflation, it is the top grossing R-rated action film of all time.
The damaged Terminator look in the climax of the film took five hours to apply and an hour to remove.
James Cameron asked special effects creator Stan Winston to direct a teaser-trailer. Cameron didn't want the trailer to just be early footage, and so with a budget of $150,000, Winston created a trailer that showed a futuristic assembly line churning out copies of Terminators, all of which looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron was pleased with this trailer, as he had fears about audience reactions to trailers showing Schwarzenegger returning as a Terminator (after the Terminator in the first film was clearly destroyed).
Linda Hamilton trained with former Israeli commando Uzi Gal and with personal trainer Anthony Cortes for three hours a day, six days a week for 13 weeks before filming. Under both, she trained intensely with weights and learned judo and heavy military training techniques. She had to maintain a demanding non-fat diet even during filming and lost 12 pounds. Because of this punishing regimen, she declined to reprise her role for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Ironically, her identical twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was only required to "hit the gym" for a few hours a week and the difference is visible in the two scenes they star in together.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's young daughter screamed the first time she saw her father's face made-up to show the robotics appearing underneath the skin tissue.
Held the world record for highest opening-weekend gross of an R-rated film (with $52,306,548) until The Matrix Reloaded (2003).
Arnold Schwarzenegger was given a slightly used Gulfstream III airplane (worth about $14 million) by producer Mario Kassar for accepting the role.
For the scene where the Terminator tells Sarah Connor about Miles Dyson and the history of Skynet, Arnold Schwarzenegger read his lines from a card taped to the car's windshield.
The steel mill effects were so convincing, some former workers from the plant (which had been closed for over 10 years) thought it was up and running again.
Local residents in Lakeview Terrace held a protest outside the Medical Center when it was dressed up to be the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. They quickly realized it was in fact only a film set.
The world-famous phrase "Hasta la vista, baby" is translated to "Sayonara, baby" in the Spanish version of the film, to preserve the humorous nature.
Director James Cameron was so impressed by Linda Hamilton's acting that he campaigned unsuccessfully for her to be nominated to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Billy Idol was James Cameron's original choice to play the T-1000. A motorcycle accident prevented Billy Idol from taking on the role.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't sure initially about the Terminator not being able to kill people; he suspected the studio were trying to soften the violence like on Conan the Destroyer (1984). He felt that had destroyed the Conan series and didn't want to see it happen with this series as well, but since Terminator 2 was rated R, he relaxed a little.
On the DVD, by highlighting "Sensory Control" and pressing the right navigation button five times until the words "The Future is Not Set" appear, then selecting the phrase, the menu will alter, offering the Theatrical Version of the film instead of the Special Edition for viewing.
James Cameron cast Robert Patrick as The T-1000 after seeing him in Die Hard 2 (1990).
For the sound of T-1000 passing through metal bars, sound designer Gary Rydstrom simply inverted an open can of dog food and recorded the close-packed food as it oozed slowly out. When transforming and flowing like mercury, the "metallic" sound is the spraying of Dust-Off into a mixture of flour and water, with a condom-sealed microphone submerged in the goo. For the sound of bullets striking the T-1000, inverted glass was slammed into a container of yogurt creating a combo sound of hard edge and goop.
When the project was first announced in late 1984, the projected budget was $12 million. The final budget was $102 million.
The photos of the 1984 attack were still shots of a re-shoot. James Cameron had a hallway set built, dressed Arnold Schwarzenegger in his original Terminator outfit and had him recreate one take, from which they took the pictures. (Check out Arnold's hair and facial structure to spot the telltale signs.)
While a central point in "Terminator 2", the phrase "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves" is not said in "The Terminator". The phrase comes from a deleted scene.
As of 2014, this is still Tri-Star's highest grossing film.
The artificial substance used instead of melted steel (which would've been far too dangerous to use, sometimes impossible) actually needed to be kept pretty cool to maintain the right density. This meant that the temperature on set was really quite cold, so the actors had to be sprayed with fake sweat in between takes.
The date of the fictional Judgment Day - 29 August 1997 - is the anniversary of the Soviet Union's first detonation of an atomic bomb in 1949.
The foreign distributors eagerly signed up Terminator 2, even though it had more than ten times the budget of the original film, making Terminator 2 the most expensive film in history at that time. This is something James Cameron would outdo on his successive three films, True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009).
Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron had always wanted to do a sequel to The Terminator (1984), but Cameron didn't get the rights and financing until 1990.
The mall where the T-800 goes to look for John and fights the T-1000 is the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which has been used for many films. Arnold Schwarzenegger previously filmed another fight scene there in Commando (1985).
In one scene, The T-1000 (Robert Patrick) asks a red-haired girl (Nikki Cox) if she knows were John Connor is and she replies that he is at the galleria. In the following instalments Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Terminator Salvation (2009), John Connor's future wife Kate Brewster (Claire Danes and Bryce Dallas Howard) had red hair. It is believed that the red-haired girl is indeed Kate Brewster and in "Terminator 3", Kate mentioned that she attended the same school as John and the day before the T-101 and the T-1000 arrived, they both met and had made out in the basement of another boy they went to school with, Mike Kripke. If so, it's most likely, John would have told Kate he was going to go to the galleria with Tim the next day.
Identical twins Don Stanton and Dan Stanton played the hospital security guard and the T1000.
For the scene where the nude Terminator walks into a biker bar, Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually wearing a pair of purple board shorts.
The Cyberdyne building in the movie is in fact a two-story structure in Fremont, CA. A phony third floor was constructed on top for the movie. Much of the structure was rebuilt after the filming and the building exists to this day.
The film is set either in 1994 or 1995. The police database states John Connor was born on February 28, 1985 and is ten years old. However the Terminator says Judgment Day (scheduled for August 1997) will happen in three years' time, which would make the film set in 1994 and John Connor nine. Edward Furlong was thirteen at the time of filming.
The highest-grossing movie of 1991.
Linda Hamilton's then 20-month-old son, Dalton, plays an infant John Connor in a playground dream sequence.
Over 1 million feet of film was shot and printed.
Sound designer Gary Rydstrom added some lion roars to the sounds of the tanker truck that the T-1000 drives down the freeway to add some extra menace.
Because the film was shot out of sequence, Arnold Schwarzenegger was unsure if the Terminator was supposed to be played as too human or not human enough in some scenes.
11 cameras were used to capture the explosion at Cyberdyne HQ.
The T-1000 tells the helicopter pilot to "get out!". This is a parallel to The Terminator (1984), in which the Terminator gives the same command to a truck driver under similar circumstances.
The film has over 300 effects shots which total almost 16 minutes of running time.
A segment showing the design of the Time Displacement Machine which sent the Terminator and Kyle Reese back in the time in the first film was rejected for the sequel as it was too complicated and not necessary for plot development (plus it featured another rating problem for additional nudity, as Reese was required to go through the portal while naked). It would have consisted of three rings independently rotating around each other, with the subject to be displaced levitating in their center. The design ultimately resurfaced in 1997 as Jodie Foster's space traveling device in Contact (1997).
The name of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator is the Terminator Series 800 (shiny metal endoskeleton) model 101 (Arnold's actual skin on that skeleton).
The make-up artists mixed KY jelly into Arnold Schwarzenegger's make-up for the Terminator in "normal" mode to give him a slightly synthetic look.
The pumps in the gas station forecourt, shown prior to the chip surgery scene, display the Benthic Petroleum logo. Benthic Petroleum was the company that owned the submersible drilling rig in one of James Cameron's previous movies, The Abyss (1989).
Even though Robert Patrick got weapon training under technical expert Uzi Gal, director James Cameron was so amazed by Patrick's performance, particularly for the T-1000 shooting scene at the Galleria mall, that he used the actual footage shot, without speeding up the frame rate.
Lead singer of heavy metal band WASP, Blackie Lawless, was considered for the role of the liquid-metal T-1000, although his height proved to be a problem. The role of the original Terminator had been written for a man of average stature, who could easily blend in to a crowd, and James Cameron wanted to apply that original concept to dramatic effect for the T-1000. In an AOL chat, Lawless explained: "Probably the biggest regret that I have, though I didn't turn it down, was a part in Terminator 2 that Robert Patrick got. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted me to do the part, but when he found out I was 6'4", I couldn't. I regret not being able to do that."
All the electrical cabling meant to light the five-mile section of freeway during the liquid nitrogen truck chase was stolen. Not having enough time to replace all of it, the company had to rent or borrow every wire connected to the lighting on the freeway. That lasted for 5 days.
Outperformed the full gross of The Terminator (1984) after four days of release.
An alternate ending was filmed, but cut, which saw an elderly Sarah sitting at the park, telling the story about The Terminator, watching John playing with his daughter and tying her granddaughter's shoes. James Cameron decided not to use the ending and replaced it with the "unknown road" ending that was used in the final cut.
In the ATM scene, John uses an Atari Portfolio hand-held computer.
This was the first film to break $300 million at the "international" box office.
After its release its worldwide box office was the third biggest of all time, behind E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
More explicit shots of the arm cutting scene were removed as director James Cameron felt they were tasteless and unnecessary.
When moving through a crowd, Robert Patrick patterned himself after a shark moving in on its prey.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said during the making of this film that he would never play another evil character again, but he later played the villain Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
SFX crew had to incorporate Robert Patrick's football-injury limp in their animation of the T1000. Next, they filmed the stuff with the T1000 pretending to be driving from the right-hand steering wheel (wearing a mirror-image police uniform), while the real driver was hidden under a black hood at the lowered real steering wheel. For the final film, the scenes were flipped left-to-right to make it all look right, and combined with footage shot with a normal truck driving in the drain. This was done so that Patrick could concentrate on acting rather than driving. They accidentally caught a street sign; after they mirror-imaged the scene, they digitally reversed the text on the sign so it would appear correct.
Director James Cameron fought over the ending with executive producer Mario Kassar. Cameron wanted to end the film with the alternate Coda Ending (the older Sarah in future) as a bookend, but Kassar wanted to end the film in an another way (as a measure for possible sequels). He eventually relented when test audiences and Kassar himself reacted negatively over the coda ending, and he went with the existing one, commenting that this coda was way too positive compared to bleak and dark tone of the rest of the movie.
The game that John plays in the Galleria is Missile Command. You protect your base by blowing up incoming missiles. Skynet's original intention was to be a missile defense system much like the game Missile Command.
According to sound supervisor Gloria S. Borders, approximately 70% of the dialog, and most of the breathing, is ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement/Dubbing). General rule of thumb: the more action in a movie, the more ADR and Foley processing.
So extensive is the Foley teamwork in T2, just about every incidental movement on screen is replaced: the creaks of the Terminator's leather jacket, his buckle clinks and footsteps. The entire sequence where Sarah escapes from her hospital bed using a paper clip to pick the strap buckle and door lock was nothing but Foley and music.
The Terminator says "I need a vacation", which Arnold Schwarzenegger previously said in Kindergarten Cop (1990). It was previously suggested the line was not in the script but ad-libbed, however the book "Terminator 2: Judgment Day- The Book of the Film- An Illustrated Screenplay" shows this line was written in the script from early on.
Because of the amount of makeup Arnold Schwarzenegger had to wear for the climax, he was blinded in one eye and had no depth perception.
Linda Hamilton turned down a part in another movie after hearing a simple outline of the plot by director James Cameron.
When John takes off on motorbike from the mall chased by the T-1000, he is riding a Honda XR 80 or 100 which has a 4-stroke engine. It was dubbed with a 2-stroke sound to create a strong contrast with the Terminator's Harley.
Shot in eight months, compared to the first film's six-week filming schedule. It had to be ready for the Summer of 1991 to meet its financial commitments.
In the first chase scene, the T-800's shotgun has an extra-large finger loop in its lever to make it easier to cycle the action by twirling. This trick was performed by 'John Wayne' in several of his Westerns, including True Grit (1969), Stagecoach (1939), and El Dorado (1967).
Film debut of Edward Furlong. He won the part of John Connor after being discovered by casting director Mali Finn at the Boys Club of Pasadena.
Because of Edward Furlong's small stature during filming, his stunt double, who was older and larger, used a bigger version of the dirt bike for filming the chase scene.
Scenes in the screenplay but not filmed:
  • Extended Future War sequence where the resistance wins and enters a SkyNet lab where they find the time-portal and a storage facilities of Terminators. Reese talks to John before he volunteers to be sent through time; it is implied that Reese learns that he is in fact John's father. After Reese is sent, John enters a storage cabinet full of Terminators (different types even). One of the 101-models is missing (being the Terminator from the first movie). John hints that he needs to send another one himself. After that, the rest of the movie is effectively one long flashback of John.


  • Sarah's ECT where Sarah is fitted for electro-convulsive therapy and voltage is pumped into her. She relives several moments from her life, most prominently the T-800 chasing her through the factory in the previous film.


  • Alternate nuclear nightmare scene. Sarah dreams that the Terminator takes her out of the asylum towards the fence, where she sees nuclear silos opening, firing their missiles. One nuclear bomb goes off, ripping off both her flesh and the Terminator's. Then she wakes up.


  • Salceda's death sequence. Sal's dog starts barking, Sal goes out tries to shoot the T-1000 and fails. T-1000 uses the pointed finger/sword trick to Sal's shoulder blades saying "I know this hurts. Where is John Connor". Sal curses him and his hands search around the ground near some crates that hold grenades. He blows himself up and hopefully the T-1000 with one. No luck. T-1000 head falls off but like the little piece in the asylum escape sequence, it oozes back into his boots. Yolanda sees this and hugs the baby as T-1000 steps closer. T-1000 picks up the baby and gets the info from her as where John and others had gone.


  • Gant Ranch. This section was a longer version of Sal's and refers to Travis Gant, "crazy ex-Green Beret" that John mentions his mother seeing before she was caught. Longer and has romantic notions between the two. After Sarah, John and the Terminator left, T-1000 kills Gant as he did like with John's "Mom". Disguised as Gant's lover, he easily stepped up to him and tortured him for answers before killing him.


  • Dyson's Vision Sequence. Dyson, the creator of the new processor had a dream sequence before he died and dropped the device on the trigger. In it he saw a picture of his family before a nuclear inferno turned it to ash. He sees his family running and then a scene of the sun as it pulls back to reveal Dyson's dying eye before he closes it and drops the section of the enlarged chip onto the trigger (Dyson has a copy in his home that gets shot up by Sarah, and the original is shot at the same time as he is by the SWAT Team, thus he uses his creation to destroy it). Scenes of the blazing inferno were ultimately used during the movie's opening credits.


It took three takes to properly capture the helicopter crashing on the freeway.
Shot over a period of 171 days.
When the Terminator arrives at the mall to look for John, he is carrying a box of roses with a gun (rifle) inside. The theme song for the movie, "You Could Be Mine", is by Guns N' Roses.
The liquid metal CGI effects of the T-1000 were rendered on a Silicon Graphics IRIS Indigo workstation.
Series Trademark: When John and the Terminator rescue Sarah from the hospital, the Terminator says to her, "Come with me if you want to live."
The last Terminator film to be written and directed by James Cameron. Cameron did not write or direct the following sequels and was only credited as the creator of the characters.
In the audio commentary, James Cameron says the opening sequence was filmed using 300 frames per second.
In the original script, the initial encounter between John and The T-1000 took place at an amusement park.
James Cameron once owned a German Shepherd dog named "Wolfie", (short for Beowulf). The dog appeared in the original movie, The Terminator, at the Tiki Motel.
Although playing a character of nine or ten, Edward Furlong was 13 at the time of filming.
It took two takes to get the van crashing into the Cyberdyne lobby, and they sprayed adhesive onto the floor to stop the van from skidding too much.
Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sci-Fi" in June 2008.
In the teaser trailer, we see the T-101 put into a machine called the "Bio-Flesh Regenerator" at the Endoskeleton factory, which grows and generates living human tissue onto the T-101, giving him his human form and emerges as Schwarzenegger. Kenner released a "Bio-Flesh Regenerator" play-set, which came with T-101 Terminator action figures. Which the T-101 Terminator endoskeleton is put into a clear plastic mold of Arnold Schwarzenegger. A flesh-coloured substance, similar to Play-Doh, was injected into the mold around the endoskeleton, creating a "flesh" body that could be peeled off in places to reveal the endoskeleton beneath, mimicking the damage seen in the movie.
The Terminator's "point-of-view" scenes at the biker's bar identify a Harley Davidson "Fatboy", and a carcinogen in the cigar smoke.
Linda Hamilton's stunt double Maryellen Aviano can be seen as the woman next to the tourist photographer in the mall.
The 10-gauge shotgun used by Arnold Schwarzenegger during the majority of the film is a six-shot Winchester Model 1887. It was invented by gun designer John Browning and was the first commercially successful repeating shotgun. James Cameron confirmed that it is a 10-gauge shotgun, not a 12-gauge, in the commentary.
When Sarah leaves her sniper's position in Dyson's yard, she walks past the pool. The pools surface should be still, but it is undulating like stormy waters in an open bay for a dramatic effect.
Charlie Korsmo was offered the role of John Connor, but he could not accept the role due to obligations to What About Bob? (1991).
This film is generally acknowledged to be the first to use letter and number abbreviations in its title (T2), especially for marketing purposes. Since this film other films have followed suit (ID4, X2, AvP, MI2, etc).
The badge on the T-1000's uniform reads "Austin" (after producer Stephanie Austin's name), although it is not fully visible in the film. Austin is also the name of Robert Patrick's daughter.
James Cameron was paid $5 million to return to direct the film.
It is disputed whether the film is set in 1994 or 1995, as the Terminator says Judgement Day will happen in three years' time.
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One of the tag lines for the movie was 'It's nothing personal'. This was a play on the cliché tag line 'This time, it's personal', which originated with Jaws: The Revenge (1987) and was subsequently adopted by countless other sequels from that era.
The liquid-metal T-1000 was actually intended for the first film, but could not be done due to budget constraints and the limits of technology at the time.
The movie's line, "Hasta la vista, baby," was voted as the #76 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Due to the tight schedules, there were three editors involved - Mark Goldblatt, Conrad Buff IV and Richard A. Harris - who all worked on separate segments of the film.
The mall scenes were spread out over two malls. The scenes shot outside the mall were filmed outside of the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge California. This mall was closed for months after the Northridge earthquake destroyed much of it in 1994. Parts of the parking garage in the movie were destroyed in that earthquake.
One idea for this movie they ended up not using was a good terminator and bad terminator both being played by Arnold which was later used in Terminator Genisys. Only it was a cgi version of Arnold from the first one up against Old present day Arnold.
James Cameron mentions on the DVD commentary that the Terminator does not blink in the film. However, this is not exactly true. For example, the T-800 can be seen blinking right after he gets on the motorbike at the beginning of the film when the bar owner fires a shotgun into the air. Additionally, the T-1000 can be seen blinking very briefly when firing in the hallway at the Galleria.
The sound of the T-1000 eye-spiking the prison guard was the sound of Gary Rydstrom's Jack Russell terrier, Buster.
The address given in the movie for the Cyberdyne Building is 2144 Kramer Street. This is likely a reference to Joel Kramer, the stunt coordinator for the film.
In one scene, Miles Dyson's son is seen wearing a Minnesota Twins cap. The Twins won their first World Series in 1987, and the pitch that retired the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning of the seventh and final game was thrown by relief pitcher Jeff Reardon - whose nickname was "The Terminator."
Originally the Terminator was going to use a MAC-10 to shoot at the police but James Cameron decided to revisit the gun used in Predator (1987). The gun used the same custom Y-frame as in Predator with some modifications. The modified M60 fore-grip assembly was removed in its entirety. To replace it a "chainsaw" grip was mounted on the Y-frame and the M16-style carry handle was removed. This style of carry has become the "standard" for hand-held Miniguns in movies and video games. The Y-frame is still attached to the weapon's mounting lugs, though with no carry handle the weapon lost its sling attachment point forcing Arnold to carry all the weight of the weapon in his hands. In order to fire it, the Terminator carries a duffel bag full of ammo and possibly the batteries as well, as there are some shots that show what appear to be cables leading from the gun and into the duffel bag. It is also possible that the duffel bag was simply used to hide the fact that the cables trailed off set to the power supply and gun control unit.
Dean Norris has a small role as SWAT team leader. Norris had previously worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in science fiction film Total Recall (1990), which he played the mutant Martian freedom fighter Tony.
In the beginning, Sarah Connor says 3 billion people died on August 29, 1997. When this film was released, the world's population was 5.365 billion while in 1997, it was 5.862 billion.
The wind sounds in the opening sequence began through the crack of an open door and were completed in the main mix room at Skywalker Sound by Gary Rydstrom using a Synclavier keyboard.
The Terminator uses the following weapons throughout the movie: - Colt/Detonics 1911 9mm - Winchester 1887 Lever Action 10-Gauge Sawed-off Shotgun minus trigger guard - M79 'Blooper' Grenade Launcher - Hawk MM-1 37mm 12-shot gas grenade launcher - GE-134 Minigun 7.62x51mm cycle rate geared at 600rpm On the other hand, Sarah uses the following weapons: - Detonics 1911 custom long slide 45ACP - CAR-15 Rifle (at Dyson's house and at the truck) - Remington 870 shotgun with folding stock 12-Gauge (steel mill)
Denzel Washington turned down the role of Miles Bennett Dyson - "No offence to Jim Cameron but when I read the script, I thought: All he does is look scared and sweat. I had to pass."
John's t-shirt bears the logo for the group Public Enemy. One of the members of Public Enemy was named "Terminator X".
When the T-1000 is asking 2 girls if they have seen John Connor one of them is a very young Nikki Cox (Las Vegas (2003)).
The film includes Robert Patrick's first nude scene.
John's foster parents are named Todd and Janelle Voight. This means that if he'd legally taken their name, he would have been John Voight which is a modified spelling of actor Jon Voight's name.
Robert Patrick returned in the role of the T1000 for a brief cameo in Wayne's World (1992). Which T1000 pulls over Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and shows him a photo of a boy and asks "Have you seen this boy?". Wayne screams and drives off.
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For the bad guy in the movie, James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher Jr. briefly considered another 'bad' T-800 (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) to fight against John and Sarah Connor, but this was quickly dropped. Another unused idea involved two Arnolds T-800s being sent back in time, one good and the other bad, before settling on the T-1000 being the bad Terminator.
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The second of two movies starring Linda Hamilton that involved alternate time lines. The first was Mr. Destiny (1990).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Self-aware robotic killing machines are not too far from reality. The United Nations called for a ban on killer robots, for the fear that several countries are developing them and could threaten humanity. Even Stephen Hawking felt the development of full artificial intelligence could one day spell the end of the human race.
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The blaster rifles The Terminators uses a weapons in the opening future battle sequence at the beginning of the film are called Endo Rifles.
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Although two sets of twins appear in the movie, they never exchange any dialogue.
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The festive premier show of the movie was interrupted by the news of Michael Landon's death. Hollywood payed tribute to him before the movie was resumed.
After throwing the T-800 out the store window in the mall fight scene, T-1000 examines a mannequin's silver colored head, similar looking to his own.
The police helicopter in the climactic chase scene (registration number N830RC) is a Bell 206B JetRanger II.
The last Terminator movie to show a payphone. In The Terminator (1984), there was a biker using one to ask for a ride after his bike broke down, and the terminator yanks him out to use the phone book to look up Sarah Connor. In this movie, John Connor uses one in a failed attempt to warn his foster parents Todd (Xander Berkeley) and Janelle (Jenette Goldstein) Voight.
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At the mental-institution. When the T-1000 returns to his original look after mimicking a security guard you can see that the police gun belt worn by Robert Patrick is made for a left handed user (In most of his films you see that Robert Patrick mainly uses his left hand for firing guns). But in the oncoming scene floating through the bars, the gun gets stuck this time held in Patrick's right hand.
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In the film, which takes place 10 years after the original film, Dr. Silberman states that Sarah is 29 years old, which meant Sarah was 19 in 1984 and was born in 1965. But, in "Terminator: Genisys", which took place in an alternate timeline. Sarah tells Kyle Reese that Pops saved her in 1973, when she was 9 years, which means that she was born in 1964, not 1965 and was 20 in alternate 1984 and would be 21 in 1985.
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Footage from this movie was used in a 2008 DirecTV commercial.
A bullet to the head is the trademark of a Terminator attack.
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The war with the machines had left mankind with no access to electricity.
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When Arnold Schwarzenegger jumps off the edge into the sewer, if you look close enough, you can see lines attached to the stuntman on the bike.
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At the beginning of the movie, the song playing at the biker bar is Guitars Cadillacs by Dwight Yoakam.
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The Anthony Horowitz novel Oblivion paraphrases the line from this movie and The Terminator (1984), "Come with me if you want to live".
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The scene where the T-800 appears has a 'Dunkin Donuts' cup laying in among the debris between the trailers. There are no Dunkin Donuts in L.A.
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Terminator 2 was released in 1991 the same year the Minnesota Twins won the World Series. Miles Dyson's son is wearing a Twins hat in his scenes.
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The 1997 Region 1 DVD from Artisan Entertainment includes an Audio Descriptive Track.
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The Robert Crais novel "The Sentry" seems to make an oblique reference to the first two Terminator movies: it mentions the gun Heckler & Koch (the HK's or Hunter-Killers) and a line from Terminator 2, "he took it pretty well".
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In the novelization for Terminator Salvation (2009), Marcus Wright thinks about snapping Dr Serena Kogan's neck "like a desiccated broomstick; Sarah Connor snaps off a mop handle in this film when escaping from Pescadero.
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In the novelization of Terminator Salvation (2009), some of Skynet's aircraft are called A-10 Warthogs.
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Some of the Terminators that capture people are called Transporters; Transporters are only semi-sentient so they're not that bright. The brain of a Transporter is called a neural nexus. Hacking into a Transporter is easier than a Moto-Terminator, which has freedom of action and can make decisions, but a Transporter can do neither, only what it's told. Most people taken prisoner by the machines resigned themselves to death and the ones that didn't were taken away by the Terminators never to be seen again. Some followed their examples only to end the anticipation. The people in the camps wondered if it was a quick death because the machines were efficient, and not prone to sadism, except when extracting information. But they didn't resort to torture because it's deemed an inefficient allocation of resources rather than immoral. Some prisoners were known to go mad loudly or quietly, but the machines didn't care either way as long as they complied. T-600s tattoo prisoners with barcodes on their hands. Reese wondered if they were different for adults and children and did they have an expiration date or were altered in some way. The machines illuminate prisoners like an examination.
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Most of the airfields in the future are untenable because of Skynet's forces.
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Only a few generals and admirals made up the world's surviving armed forces.
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Infirmaries in the future are always crowded; the scarcity of meds in the future meant they had to be rationed. The Resistance had few genuine doctors.
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The resistance broadcasted with hidden towers scattered across the continent; they sent out encrypted signals that decrypted at the very end of the transmission. If they were traced by the machines they were rigged to self-destruct with encryption timers. To prevent tracing, communications would not be completed until the very last moment. The resistance engineering staff assembled their own broadcast unit.
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The resistance were losing more every month, but as the voice of the resistance, John Connor would rally them, whatever the end result may be, even though the words never came easily to him. John knew the resistance would persevere until all of Skynet's forces were destroyed.
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Skynet's machines were immune to rain, but they preferred not to operate during heavy downpours; it complicated the electronic perception of their surroundings and could even interfere with their bipedal mobility.
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The most powerful of the machines preferred to operate on stable surfaces than mud.
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Not all of humanity is in the resistance; some men and women in scattered bands only looked out for themselves by preying on others.
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HK's pick up movement and pursue it without needing daylight because they have infrared to close in on heat signatures. They have main batteries and are programmed to exterminate as well as get reports and scan histories on their targets. The shells of an assault rifle wouldn't damage an HK, it's too heavily armored but it would get its attention and try to find a clear line of fire. HK's have attitude and altitude control. Their Gatling guns could reduce a person to hamburger in less than a minute. The resistance always blow up an HK after deactivating it. HK's shoot guided missiles, even underwater, and have sonar.
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T-1's and T-600's herd people to their deaths at Skynet Central; T-1's were slower and heavier than T-600's.
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Bright lights don't affect the machines vision like human eyes.
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A human wrestling away a weapon from a T-600 is unlikely. You don't take on a T-600 without something big and potent to bring it down.
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Terminator weapons kill instantly, but even after they kill someone they make sure they're dead with one last assault at point-blank range.
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Skynet Central has an unbearable smell of gas.
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Skynet is not rigid in its programming or it would have been defeated a lot sooner. It's adaptable, flexible, it can learn, and is not known for subtlety.
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The resistance suspects the reason Terminators don't fully mimic humans is due to an oversight on Skynet's part.
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Anyone on guard duty in the resistance has to be formally relieved, and at the base, none of the guards asked questions.
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The resistance have RPG's (rocket propelled grenades) in their arsenal, as well as pistols, a 25mm semi-automatic grenade launcher with a box of thermobaric shells (that can stun or slow Terminators but not destroy them), a shotgun with sabot shells, grenades, plastic explosives, handguns, a Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun, a 9mm Steyr, a Galil assault rifle and tanks in their armory, which the machines also use. They also have Blackhawk choppers equipped with infra red tracking, mini guns, napalm and heavy-caliber machine guns; they use trackers to home in on members with a rescue party.
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Anyone unfamiliar with the resistance base would find it a maze to escape from; John Connor insisted every member memorize the layout in the event of a surprise attack.
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In the resistance, the price of treason is punishable by death.
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The resistance had to be careful at night so as not to shoot each other because anything taller than a rabbit could be mistook for human.
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Shooting a Terminator in the eyes might cause more damage.
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Another form of Terminator is a Hydrobot, something designed to operate in the water. If it can't carry out its program, it thrashes about. Although Hydrobots are eyeless, they had a host of other sensors and razor metal jaws to clamp down and chew through an enemy, even choppers. Because they're only 4ft in length, they attack in numbers to bring down an enemy, and they're tough outer shell repels most bullets. Hydrobots are useless on land, so the best they could do is fling themselves out the water at someone.
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Six surviving F15's managed to avoid Skynet from Seattle six months before the events of Terminator Salvation (2009).
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Terminators can't function without a fuel cell, which use a tremendous amount of energy. Skynet Central had thousands of them in storage, as well as a few other unstable materials at their facilities.
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A T-800 is quicker than its predecessors.
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John Connor always assumed he'd be killed by an Arnie Terminator.
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A Terminator can evaluate its circuits and make a choice between fighting another Terminator or killing John Connor.
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When a Terminator punches, it can have the impact of a pile driver.
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A Terminator can be capable of frustration if it repeatedly misses its target.
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The mix of molten metal and industrial coolant can make a Terminator's metal casing solidify and lock up instantaneously.
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One can infiltrate Skynet Central by flying a helicopter low and fast over it while using surviving Resistance aircraft as cover.
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Members of the Resistance who have died are Garcia, Smitty, Rondo and Jericho.
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Other members of the Resistance are Tunney, Olsen, Piccerno, Yoshi, David, Wince and Inji. Some members of the Resistance are elderly, like Campollo and he's 71.
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Sarah Connor used to give John Connor Browning semi-autos and C4 detonators for Christmas; he got survival gear for Christmas and munitions for July 4th.
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A game released to coincide with the film's release was Terminator Salvation: The End Begins where you play John Connor, leading the Resistance against Skynet. Out in May 2009, it was available for Xbox 360, Xbox Live and PlayStation 3.
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Alex Zane said Arnold Schwarzenegger is an iconic movie star and the Terminator is his most iconic role.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger thought Emilia Clarke did an extraordinary job following in Linda Hamilton's footsteps on Terminator Genisys (2015) which is really tough to do.
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Emilia Clarke thought Sarah Connor is the most iconic female action hero ever; she later portrayed her in Terminator Genisys (2015).
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Terminators don't say much because their actions speak louder than words.
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The resistance have an abandoned missile silo to imprison Terminators, so the interior is very high up. The resistance brig was used usually for sleeping off too much booze, soldiers who fight amongst themselves or to settle gambling debts from adjoining cells.
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Skynet took live captives to duplicate them more fully.
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Although the machines are crafty, they are capable of naïveté, but they do possess logic circuits.
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The machines hold onto human artifacts that could either improve them or be used as a weapon against them.
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The film had an ending that was junked where in the future, John Connor became a US senator whose sensible policies on Skynet averted the war, all narrated by Sarah Connor.
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Sarah calls the world an insane one; the novelization also does the same.
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The resistance base is always a hive of activity but an attack on Skynet is always when the base is at its most active.
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Much of the resistance attacks comprise of hit and run tactics.
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The novelization of Terminator Salvation (2009) says a Terminator could fit in better if it didn't look like a bodybuilder; an obvious in-joke to Arnold Schwarzenegger, compared with the casting of Robert Patrick, Sam Worthington or Summer Glau.
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John Connor's dirt bike is a 1990 XR 100.
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One of the video games John plays at the arcade is Missile Command (1980).
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James Cameron said Terminator Genisys (2015) was the natural follow up to this film. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes it exceeds Terminator 2 technologically, action-wise and intensively.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron are close friends. Schwarzenegger said Cameron's films are extraordinary inspiration because it makes other directors online.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger believed James Cameron stretched it beyond belief with visual effects on this film.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger said The Terminator (1984) "was a small movie. We really had to cut costs all the time. We shot it very quickly. We felt we had a good story and it would be successful. But we thought it would be for certain audiences only. No-one suspected it would be in Time magazine's top 10 movies of the year and that successful at the box-office and that people demanded a sequel that would be the highest grossing movie of that year."
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Arnold Schwarzenegger said James Cameron "did an extraordinary job creating that character (The Terminator) and whole phenomenon. I never thought we would do a sequel, catchphrases like "I'll be back" or "Hasta la vista, baby" would catch on and be repeated or think that 30yrs later I would be asked to come back to a franchise like this playing The Terminator, unlike Batman or James Bond."
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Emilia Clarke was forced to watch The Terminator (1984) by her 9yr old brother when she was 7-8yrs old and then this film but became a huge fan of the series; she later portrayed Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015).
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Alex Zane said the storm drain chase is a "perfect action sequence. It really blows you away. Classic scene". Arnold Schwarzenegger also thinks it's a fantastic scene, but he felt it was later surpassed by the chase on the Golden Gate Bridge in Terminator Genisys (2015).
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Alex Zane admitted he was too young to be watching this film.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's favorite moments from the franchise are when the Terminator tries to be human because it's something funny and not just action and violence and the most important thing to the Terminator is to blend in, and when he does he fails miserably and that always gets a big laugh from the audience.
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James Cameron described his creative process as "what I'm good at is working with actors to create scenes and then editing they're performances to get the absolute best vibrating version of that scene and then share that with the audience. It's an amazing process to go through. Sometimes you think its not going to work when you get started and then the characters come to life."
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The bullets Sarah Connor pulls out of the Terminator are are slugs from a Browning Hi-Power. James Cameron fired them himself saying he wanted the authentic "smushed" effect.
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When John is figuring out what is going on after the bike chase scene he tells the Terminator to stop the bike. In the background of the ally is the same guys that try to help John at night when John realizes the Terminator has to do what he says.
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In the Atari game of the film. The soft drink vending machine in the first level of the game, which the T-101 fights the T1000 at the galleria is Spring. But in the film, it is Pepsi.
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Terminators can bleed but are incapable of pain.
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Skynet's machines don't harm another, sentient or not, unless there's cause, like in this film or Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
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Small-caliber shells won't do any damage to a Terminator, unless they're metal piercing like from a Gatling gun.
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Birds and insects always flee scenes of mass destruction in the future. Crows had survived to the future but they could still be killed by the machines.
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Terminators will shoot off their own limbs, if need be, to allow them to complete their mission; even being trapped will not interfere with their directive to terminate someone.
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Terminators are programmed to recognize John Connor.
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When there's no combat, the future is more peaceful.
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Cameo 

William Wisher Jr.: Co-writer Wisher is the photographer during the mall fight when the Terminator is thrown through the galleria window. Wisher was also violently carjacked in The Terminator (1984).
James Cameron: The biker in the bar at the beginning who is about to attack the T-800 with a pool stick, but thinks better of it, drops the pool stick, and backs away.
Joel Kramer: Stunt coordinator Joel Kramer appears as the guard in the hospital security room.
Van Ling: The DVD producer and FX Coordinator appears as Dyson's assistant in the lab.

Director Trademark 

James Cameron: [nice cut] during the opening credits: the cut from the playing children to the dark future.
James Cameron: [White Frame] When Sarah clocks Douglas in the face with the mop handle, a single solid white frame is spliced in at the moment of impact. This trick accurately conveys the flash a person sees when they get hit in the head. It was also used in The Abyss (1989) when Cat punches Coffey in the face.
James Cameron: [nuke]
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene where the Terminator restarts after being 'shut down' by the T-1000 was not in the script and was added during editing because James Cameron felt that the audience will not be able to understand how the Terminator returns to deliver the final blow against the T-1000. According to the Arnold Schwarzenegger book 'The Life and Times', Cameron contacted Schwarzenegger, who was to go visit his friend Bruce Willis for Christmas holidays to come back for shooting that crucial scene. Ultimately, Schwarzenegger had to cancel his holidays and filmed the scene. Therefore, the scene where the Terminator pulls the impaled metal rod off was shot on Christmas day itself.
Michael Biehn was the first choice for the role of the T-1000, in a complete reversal of roles with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was now a hero. But this idea was abandoned as it was judged too confusing for viewers.
While Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Patrick share several scenes together, they never exchange a single line of dialogue face to face. The only instance seen where dialogue is spoken between the two is when the T-800 tells the frozen T-1000, "Hasta la vista, baby", which the T-1000 could not hear (they do however exchange words over the phone, with the T-800 speaking in John's voice and the T-1000 speaking in Jenelle's).
In the final scene, the lines "I cannot self-terminate. You must lower me in the steel" were looped by Arnold Schwarzenegger in post-production, because a test audience didn't understand why Terminator needed Sarah to help him terminate.
For the early promotion of the movie, media material avoided showing Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, the T-800, together with John Connor (Edward Furlong), in order to hide the fact that Schwarzenegger played a 'good' Terminator this time. Later trailers and pictures would reveal that he did not play the 'bad guy' this time.
James Cameron's own screams are used for the death throes of the T-1000.
The effect of the T-1000 freezing and breaking up was achieved through prosthetics attached to an amputee and with Robert Patrick's real limbs buried underneath the set.
The Terminator is the only character to be listed in the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes and Villains as both a villain (for The Terminator (1984)) and a hero (for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)). Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the only two actors to be on the list as playing a villain and a hero but Pacino played two different characters. 13 other actors and actresses appear twice or more but either all as heroes or all as villains.
As the Terminator's arm is being crushed by the gear, at the steel mill, you can see the initials "JC" for James Cameron written in blood on the Terminator's exposed leg.
Filmed scenes not included in the theatrical release (all but two were restored in the Special Edition):
  • Directly after the pre-med students peer into Sarah's room, the doctor reminds the orderlies to make sure she gets her medication. The cut scene was of the staff coming in to give her the pills. She refuses, so they smack her in the gut with their batons and force the pills down her throat, then kick her while she's on the floor doubled over in pain.


  • Another hospital scene was cut that took place after John Connor robs the ATM and heads for the mall. Sarah Connor was to have a dream where Reese appears and warns her that THEIR son is in danger. She has to save him, etc. They kiss and hug, but Reese disappears and walks out. Sarah chases him outside, to find herself in the same spot as the nuclear nightmare scene later in the movie. She sees the large white flash, and then she wakes up. This is the only scene that Michael Biehn was in, and appeared in some promotional trailers. Cameron cut the scene because he thought that audiences who had not seen the first movie would be confused by the appearance of Kyle.


  • A scene showing the T-1000 at the scene of the crashed truck in the canal, where he steals a police car.


  • After the T-1000 kills John's foster parents, he ventures outside and kills the dog to check it's nametag, which is stamped with the name "Max". The T-1000 does this because the Terminator hung up as soon as the T-1000 confirms the wrong name by calling the dog "Wolfie" and now knows John will not trust his 'parents' and so gives up waiting for John to return home.


  • After killing the dog, the T-1000 goes to John's room to try to find any clues as to where John might be. He stalks around the room waving his arms and "feeling" things on the shelves, on the walls, etc. He eventually stops in front of a poster, realizes there is something behind it, rips it down and finds a box of mementos (pictures, and the like). This must be where the T-1000 figures out about Sarah's current whereabouts, and the desert compound that Sarah, John, and the Terminator head to after the hospital. Director James Cameron decided to cut it because the T-1000's sampling abilities were already sufficiently conveyed in earlier scenes, so this scene became redundant (and because it made the T-1000 look too much like it had x-ray vision). This scene was NOT included in the SE.


  • At the abandoned gas station, a scene involved Sarah and John talking with the Terminator about learning. He tells them that his CPU was switched to read-only before being sent out. Skynet doesn't want them to learn too much while on their own. John asks if it can be reset. You then see the Terminator's face in a "mirror" talking Sarah through the procedure. A puppet was used for the foreground Sarah to work on and Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was in the mirror mimicking Linda's hand movements. After the CPU is removed, the Terminator shuts-down and Sarah places it on a table. She picks up a hammer and tries to smash it to render him inoperative. John stops her and says they need him. He starts to show authority for the first time and asks her how he is supposed to be a great military leader if even his own mother won't listen to him. She reluctantly reinserts the chip back into the Terminator's head.


  • A scene at a truck stop before John, Sarah and Terminator arrive at the Salceda farm. John points out to the Terminator that he shouldn't be so serious all the time. He encourages him to smile once in a while. The Terminator tries to perform a smile, but the result is less than convincing, so John encourages him to practice in front of a mirror.


  • Directly after Terminator tells Sarah about Miles Dyson, there is a scene where Dyson is seen in his private residence, where his wife tells him he is much too focused on finishing his microchip, and Miles explains how his design will revolutionize artificial intelligence.


  • Some more dialogue between John and the Terminator as they assemble weapons in the desert. John tells about his unusual childhood, and ask Terminator if he experiences emotions.


  • Before Sarah takes aim at Dyson, she is seen approaching the house and setting up weapons.


  • A scene in Cyberdyne, where Dyson destroys the model of his revolutionary microchip.


  • In the steel mill, the T-1000 experiences some negative effects from being frozen earlier. It has difficulties maintaining his form when it touches other materials, like steel bars and the floor. This leads to another deleted shot, where John sees the two Sarahs and recognizes the fake one because its feet seem fused to the metal floor.


  • A scene in a Skynet-free future, with Sarah Connor as an older woman giving a monologue about how Judgment Day no longer occurred, and John becoming a senator. This scene was NOT included in the SE, because James Cameron felt it just didn't fit the dark, gloomy atmosphere of the rest of the movie.


In each Terminator film the villainous character's death is greeted with the word "terminated" in some way: John Connor asks "is it dead?" (of the melted T1000) to which the Terminator replies "terminated".
In the fight scene in the steel mill between the two Terminators, the set was literally dressed with rubber so the actors wouldn't hurt themselves when being flung around.
Series Trademark: The Terminator loses its left arm, and hauls itself forward with its right.
The Terminator makes good on his promise to not kill anyone before he even meets John. For all of the mayhem and violence in this movie, 16 (at the most) characters actually die, and only one of these by gunfire. Of the people who get killed, there are three soldiers, the armored truck driver and his gunner; the cop on patrol, Lewis the guard, a mall employee, Todd and Janelle Voight, the cop on the motorcycle (copied by T-1000 and therefore implied to have been terminated off-screen), Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson, and the tanker truck driver. The trucker pulled from his truck by T-1000 as he is in pursuit of John makes a bad fall, but probably survived; it's not exactly certain if the police helicopter pilot dies (he falls from a high place but may have suffered only some broken bones); the pickup truck driver is probably not in danger of dying as he does not jump off of the bridge, but only jumps over the center divider in the middle of the bridge. A subplot was scripted where the T-1000 tracks down Enrique Salceda and kills him, but it was not filmed and not alluded to in the finished movie (Sarah even suggest that he go into hiding himself). The T-1000 is directly or indirectly responsible for most of the deaths. The Terminator only injures people. According to a biographical documentary, Arnold Schwarzenegger only agreed to do the sequel if his role was more family-friendly, hence the "no killing" rule written for his character. However, on the DVD audio commentary, James Cameron states that he had to convince Schwarzenegger that his character could no longer kill people.
In the alternate future coda with an elderly Sarah and John as US senator, Sarah would originally see a young, non-veteran Kyle Reese walking by, to whom she regrettably cannot say anything. This idea was dropped very early on, as it simply raised too many questions about how this alternate Reese could have fathered John Connor. The entire ending was ultimately deleted in favor of a more ambiguous and less cheery ending, also because a juvenile delinquent like John could not plausibly have become a senator.
This is the second time that Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) kills a Terminator by pushing a machine control button. Both times, the Terminator is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
First Terminator movie to feature a T-800 model that didn't kill anyone. None of the sequels' T-800s killed anyone either.
When John Connor calls homes to find out that his step parents are killed/- his dog, Max, serves as a warning to him and the T-101. In the series dogs serve as detection tools - sniffing out Terminators and differentiating them from human Resistance fighters. At one point Todd, the stepfather, says that "they should get rid of that damn dog" implying that the ownership of the dog is purely Johns' - perhaps an intentional gift from his mother, Sarah Connor to serve as a detecting dog.
It is revealed on the DVD audio commentary that the Terminator's alternate source of power in the steel mill comes from heat sinks, which convert the heat from the surroundings into electrical power which Terminator can use.
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Judgement Day is August 29th, 1997, which is also Michael Jackson's 39th birthday.
It's possible that the red haired girl whom talks to the T-1000 and tells him that John went to the galleria could be Kate Brewster, played in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) by Claire Danes and Bryce Dallas Howard in Terminator Salvation (2009). Kate Brewster attended the same school as John and is John's wife and second in command of the human resistance in the future war.
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