About Terminator 2

Directed by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron
Stephanie Austin
B.J. Rack
Gale Anne Hurd
Mario Kassar
Written by James Cameron
William Wisher Jr.
Narrated by Linda Hamilton
Music by Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Editing by Conrad Buff
Mark Goldblatt
Richard A. Harris
Studio Carolco Pictures
Lightstorm Entertainment
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release date(s) July 3, 1991 (1991-07-03)
Running time 139 minutes


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 ... Twin Sarah
Ken Gibbel ... Douglas
Robert Winley ... Cigar-Smoking Biker
Peter Schrum ... Lloyd
Shane Wilder ... Trucker
Michael Edwards ... Old John Connor
Jared Lounsbery ... Kid
Casey Chavez ... Kid
Ennalls Berl ... Bryant
Don Lake ... Mossberg
Richard Vidan ... Weatherby
Tom McDonald ... Cop
Jim Palmer ... Jock
Gerard G. Williams ... Jock
Gwenda Deacon ... Gwen, Night Nurse
Don Stanton ... Lewis, Guard
Dan Stanton ... T-1000 Lewis
Colin Patrick Lynch ... Attendant
Noel Evangelisti ... Hospital Guard
Nikki Cox ... Girl
Lisa Brinegar ... Girl
DeVaughn Nixon ... Danny Dyson
Tony Simotes ... Vault Guard
Diane Rodriguez ... Jolanda Salceda
Dalton Abbott ... Infant John Connor
Ron Young ... Pool Cue Biker
Charles Robert Brown ... Tattooed Biker
Abdul Salaam El Razzac ... Gibbons
Mike Muscat ... Moshier


ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
Top Box Office Award

Academy Awards
Best Sound Effects Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup
Best Sound

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
Best Actress - Linda Hamilton
Best Director - James Cameron
Best Performance by a Younger Actor
- Edward Furlong
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Special Effects - Stan Winston

BAFTA Awards
Best Sound

Golden Screen, Germany
Golden Screen Award

Hugo Awards
Best Dramatic Presentation

MTV Movie Awards
Best Action Sequence
Best Breakthrough Performance
- Edward Furlong
Best Female Performance
- Linda Hamilton
Best Male Performance
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Best Movie
Most Desirable Female
- Linda Hamilton

Mainichi Film Concours
Readers' Choice Award

People's Choice Awards, USA
Favorite Motion Picture

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Bradbury Award

Variety.com: Great Innovation

As with Aliens, director James Cameron has again taken a first rate science fiction film and crafted a sequel that's in some ways more impressive - expanding on the original rather than merely remaking it.

This time he's managed the trick by bringing two cyborgs back from the future into the sort-of present (the math doesn't quite work out) to respectively menace and defend the juvenile John Connor (Edward Furlong) - leader of the human resistance against machines that rule the war devastated world of 2029.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is more comfortable and assured here than the first time around, reprising a role so perfectly suited to the voice and physique that have established him as a larger-than-life film persona.

The story finds Connor living with foster parents, his mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton) having been captured and committed to an asylum for insisting on the veracity of events depicted in the first film.

The machines who rule the future dispatch a new cyborg to slay him while the human resistance sends its own reprogrammed Terminator back - this one bearing a remarkable resemblance to the evil one that appeared in 1984.

The film's great innovation involves the second cyborg: an advanced model composed of a liquid metal alloy that can metamorphose into the shape of any person it contacts and sprout metal appendages to skewer its victims.

Script by Cameron and William Wisher at times gets lost amid all the carnage. Hamilton's heavy-handed narration also is at times unintentionally amusing, though through her Cameron again offers the sci-fi crowd a fiercely heroic female lead, albeit one who looks like she's been going to Madonna's physical trainer.

If the reported $100 million budget is a study in excess, at least a lot of it ended up on the screen.

Track List

1. Main Title from "Terminator 2"

2. Sarah on the Run

3. Escape from the Hospital (And T1000)

4. Desert Suite

5. Sarah's Dream (Nuclear Nightmare)

7. Our Gang Goes to Cyberdyne

8. Trust Me

9. John & Dyson into Vault

10. Swat Team Attack

12. Helicopter Chase

13. Tankerchase

14. Hasta la Vista, Baby (T1000 Freezes)

15. Into the Steel Mill

16. Cameron's Inferno

17. Terminator Impaled

18. Terminator Revives

19. T1000 Terminated

20. It's over Goodbye



Terminator 2: Judgment Day Film Info

The Montreal Film Journal calls it "one of the best crafted Hollywood action flicks." Screenwriting guru Syd Field lauds the plot of Terminator 2, saying, for example, "every scene sets up the next, like links in a chain of dramatic action." The film was placed #33 on Total Film's 2006 list of The Top 100 Films of All Time. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, currently scoring 97% on the popular review-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and 69/100 on the similarly themed Metacritic.

In 2003, The American Film Institute released its list of the 100 greatest screen heroes and villains of all time. The Terminator appeared as number 48 on the list of heroes for its appearance in T2, as well as number 22 on the list of villains for its appearance in the first Terminator. This is the only instance where the "same" character appears on both lists, though technically they are different characters based on the same model. During the 2008 AFI's 10 Top 10, it was voted the eighth best science fiction film ever made.

Movie-Gazette: Laced with dark humour

Those terminators certainly are persistent. Almost a decade after failing to wipe out frizzy-haired waitress Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) by sending a seemingly unstoppable cyborg back in time to do the deed, those meddlesome machines are at it again. With Sarah now locked in the loony bin, her transformation into a muscle-bound mentalist well underway, the target this time is John Connor himself (Edward Furlong). We learned from “The Terminator” that John is the street-smart freedom fighter destined to lead mankind to victory over the machines.

What the original movie didn't teach us is that he's also a bit of a git. So back from the future to kill him comes the shape-shifting T-1000, a super-advanced man-bot in the shape of Robert Patrick in a policeman's uniform. That leaves Arnold Schwarzenegger to turn protector, having been re-programmed to defend the young John from the T-1000 at all costs. And, yet again, he makes his entrance completely starkers. Well, it's not as if anyone's going to be brave enough to laugh at him, so he might as well have a bit of fun.

Though from the same director, and much of the same cast and writers, “Terminator 2? is a vastly different movie from the 1984 original. Apart from the obvious character changes (Hamilton is barely recognizable from the first time around and Arnie's turned into a good guy with a neat line in quips), this sequel is laced with dark humour. There's also a strong underlying message about the value of human life, to the extent that even the apparently emotionless Terminator appears to learn sensibility (”now I know why you cry”).


Shooting began on October 9, 1990 and was completed on April 4, 1991. Most of the key Terminator effects were provided by Industrial Light & Magic for computer graphics and Stan Winston for practical effects. The external shots of Cyberdyne Systems Corporation were filmed on location at an office building on the corner of Gateway Boulevard and Bayside Parkway in Fremont, California.

Of the fifteen minutes that the T-1000 displays its morphing and healing abilities, only six of those minutes were accomplished with pure computer graphics. The other nine were achieved in camera with the use of advanced puppets and prosthetic effects created by the Stan Winston studio, who were also responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800. Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie was used in scenes that required two Sarahs.

She is the mirror image of Sarah in the scene where they open up the Terminator's head, and in the scene where the T-1000 impersonates Sarah, she is whichever one is farthest from the camera, alternating between the real Sarah and the T-1000 based on camera position. Another set of twins, Don and Dan Stanton, were used to play the mental hospital security guard and the T-1000 copying him.

James Cameron nearly removed Edward Furlong from the project after Furlong messed up his lines out of nervousness from being in the same scene as Linda Hamilton, in a scene that was ultimately deleted (in which the Connors attempt to reboot the Terminator), but Cameron was persuaded by casting director Mali Finn to give Furlong one more chance.

At that point, Furlong was able to deliver his lines without any problems. The scene is available in the Extreme and Ultimate editions of the DVD. The sawed-off shotgun used by Schwarzenegger throughout the film was a modified Winchester Model 1887, modified especially for the film to allow it to be "flip-cocked" by the actor in several of the film's scenes.

Box Office

The movie was made for approximately $102 million, and at the time was the most expensive movie ever made. It was a box-office success, earning $204.8 million in the United States alone, and was the highest grossing film of 1991, beating Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The original Terminator grossed only $38 million in the U.S. in its theatrical run, making Terminator 2's 434% increase a record for a sequel.

Upon its release, the theatrical cut ran 137 minutes. On November 24, 1993, the Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Special Edition cut of the film was released to Laserdisc and VHS, containing 17 minutes of never-before-seen footage including scenes with Michael Biehn reprising his role as Kyle Reese in a dream sequence. The subsequent "Ultimate Edition" and "Extreme Edition" DVD releases also contain this version of the film.

Terminator 2 - Judgment Day: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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