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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 3 July 1991 (USA)
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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

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James Cameron
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... The Terminator
Linda Hamilton ... Sarah Connor
Edward Furlong ... John Connor
Robert Patrick ... T-1000
Earl Boen ... Dr. Silberman
Joe Morton ... Miles Dyson
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Tarissa Dyson
Castulo Guerra ... Enrique Salceda
Danny Cooksey ... Tim
Jenette Goldstein ... Janelle Voight
Xander Berkeley ... Todd Voight
Leslie Hamilton Gearren Leslie Hamilton Gearren ... Twin Sarah
Ken Gibbel Ken Gibbel ... Douglas
Robert Winley ... Cigar Biker
Peter Schrum ... Lloyd (as Pete Schrum)
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Over 10 years have passed since the first machine called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John. The man who will become the future leader of the human resistance against the Machines is now a healthy young boy. However, another Terminator, called the T-1000, is sent back through time by the supercomputer Skynet. This new Terminator is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor and it's mission is to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face the threat of the T-1000 alone. Another Terminator (identical to the same model that tried and failed to kill Sarah Conner in 1984) is also sent back through time to protect them. Now, the battle for tomorrow has begun. Written by Eric ggg

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This time he's back...for good! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sci-fi action and violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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The foreign distributors eagerly signed up Terminator 2 (1991), even though it had more than ten times the budget of the original film, making it the most expensive film in history at that time. This was something director James Cameron would outdo on his successive three films, True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). See more »

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(at around 2h) The Terminator has black lines around him when he is thrown into the steel mill, indicating he was superimposed in post-production. See more »

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[first lines]
Sarah Connor: [narrating] Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The ...
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Alternate Versions

On the 'Ultimate Edition' DVD as well as the 'Skynet Edition' Blu-ray, there are three versions of the film, albeit only two at the menu, the Theatrical and Special Edition versions. However, highlighting the 'Special Edition' option and keying in '82997' (August 29, 1997), will open a Extended Special Edition Option, with the T-1000 searching John's room and an Alternate ending added on and replaced. Some DVD players may need to push ENTER between each digit. See more »

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Note to Hollywood: This is how you make an action film.
30 August 2009 | by TOMASBBloodhoundSee all my reviews

And yes, I'd consider this more of an action film than Sci/fi since it takes place in contemporary times and locations. Nowadays, it can be hard to distinguish an action film from a video game. In fact there is one coming out soon that appears to be both. I guess studios these days feel that kids need something to see while resting their fingers after long days of playing their Nintendos/Playstations/whatever. So they come up with all of these PG-13 action films that are often mere meditations of comic books, toys, or old TV shows. Looking back at T2, one may find the action films of today sorely lacking in comparison.

The story of course deals with Arnold returning from the future to protect a boy who will some day lead the human resistance against a world run by machines. This time Arnold is the good guy (as per Schwarzenegger's request) and he's up against a lethal and much more advanced prototype sent to off the kid. The CGI used to create this new T-1000 terminator was jaw-dropping at the time this was released. Though technology to create such things is now infinitely more available, this has led to problems in my book. Now, there is too much done with computers, and stunts don't seem so wonderful if you know it was all done on a computer. Most of the stunts in T2 were live action and extraordinarily filmed using all types of vehicles and explosives. Director James Cameron really sold these stunts in terms of how he filmed them.

Not all directors are a good as Cameron. That is a given. But directors looking at making action films should take note of other strengths found in the construction of T2. First of all, you don't need shaky camera movements to sell to your audience that there is an exciting or crucial scene happening. Here the photography is crisp and detailed. You see everything clearly that you need to see. Right down to the little things. The action sequences are perfectly blocked and the spacing between hostile parties is easy for the audience to figure out. We know who is shooting at who, and how far apart they are from each other. Cameron also made sure his entire cast was proficient with the weapons they were going to fire in the movie. And guns run out of ammunition and need to be re-loaded at appropriate times. Nothing seems artificial in a shootout.

I could go on forever pointing out good qualities of this film. Just watching a bit of it on Bravo the other night reminded me why I saw it so many times in the theater. And this film was rated R! And it still made a fortune! That just proves if you make a good product, you don't have to dumb it down or tame it for the kiddies. If it's good enough, they'll find a way to see it! 10 of 10 stars. Unfortunately, the inspiration seems to have left this series with Cameron.

The Hound.


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Language:

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Release Date:

3 July 1991 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,765,506, 7 July 1991

Gross USA:

$205,881,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$520,884,847
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70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (in selected theatres)| Dolby Atmos (IMAX version)| Dolby Digital (Extreme Edition)

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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