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  • Over one million feet of film was shot and printed.
  • 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 (he jokingly stated that "they spent $6 million on special effects, I spent only 35 cents on a can of dog food"). When transforming and flowing like mercury, the "metallic" sound was 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.
  • The artificial substance used instead of melted steel (which would have been far too dangerous to use, or even impossible) actually needed to be kept pretty cool to maintain the right density. This meant that the temperature on set was quite cold, so the actors had to be sprayed with fake sweat in between takes.
  • The steel mill effects were so convincing, some former workers from the plant (which had been closed for over ten years) thought it was up and running again.
  • (Cameo) Joel Kramer: (at around 49 mins) Stunt Coordinator appears as the guard in the hospital security room.
  • Industrial Light and Magic's computer graphics department had to grow from six artists to almost thirty-six to accommodate all the work required to bring the T-1000 to life, costing US $5.5 million, and taking eight months to produce, which ultimately amounted to 3.5 minutes of screen time.
  • (at around 16 mins) [Special Edition only] The "forced medication" scene had to be re-shot several times because Ken Gibbel would not 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 were for real.
  • Eleven cameras were used to capture the explosion at Cyberdyne Headquarters. The camera crew later made a humorous video where they are standing in the crowd of spectators admiring the explosion, accidentally forgetting to film it.
  • Charlie Korsmo was offered the role of John Connor, but he could not accept the role, due to obligations to What About Bob? (1991).
  • According to director James Cameron, Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear during the elevator shootout because she did not replace her ear plugs after removing them between takes.
  • Carolco studio executives were nervous and concerned when the original budget of US $75 million ballooned up to US $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 is 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."
  • James Cameron once owned a German Shepherd dog named "Wolfie" (short for Beowulf). The dog appeared in the original movie, The Terminator (1984), at the Tiki Motel.
  • The name of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator is the Terminator Series 800 (shiny metal endoskeleton) model 101 (Arnold Schwarzenegger's actual skin on that skeleton).
  • The date of the fictional Judgment Day, August 29, 1997, is the anniversary of the Soviet Union's first detonation of an atomic bomb in 1949.
  • (at around 31 mins) The T-800's bike jump into the storm drain was performed by stuntman Peter Kent wearing a face mask to resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger. The motorbike was supported by one-inch cables, so that when they hit the ground, the bike and rider only weighed 180 pounds (the stunt would simply have been too dangerous without such support). The cables were later digitally erased.
  • (at around 1h 3 mins) 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.
  • (at around 16 mins) In the ATM scene, John uses an Atari Portfolio laptop computer.
  • The Terminator uses the following weapons throughout the movie: - Colt/Detonics 1911 9mm - Winchester 1887 lever action ten-gauge sawed-off shotgun, minus trigger guard - M79 'Blooper' Grenade Launcher - Hawk MM-1 37mm twelve-shot gas grenade launcher - GE-134 Minigun 7.62x51mm cycle rate geared at six hundred r.p.m. 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 twelve-gauge (steel mill).
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was given a slightly used Gulfstream III airplane (worth about US $14 million) by producer Mario Kassar, for accepting the role in this film.
  • 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.
  • One of the main percussive sounds of Brad Fiedel's score, the metallic beats of the Terminator theme, is not created by a synthesizer or taken from archives of recorded sounds. It is Fiedel striking one of his cast-iron frying pans.
  • (at around 27 mins) Linda Hamilton's stunt double Maryellen Aviano can be seen as the woman next to the tourist photographer in the mall.
  • 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.
  • So extensive is the Foley teamwork (sound design) in this movie, that 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 featured no originally recorded sounds, only Foley and music. Most of the sounds coming from weapons in the film were upgraded in post-production to create a sort of 'hyperreality'; handguns would get the sound of higher caliber guns, while shotguns would sound like cannons. The minigun used at the end originally made one loud monotonous sound because the shots are fired in such quick succession; the sound was slowed down considerably in post-production so that separate shots could be heard.
  • (at around 31 mins) The original script did not call for the top of the wrecker semi-tractor 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 would not fit under one overpass, so director James Cameron decided that the roof was going to have to come off.
  • This is the only "Terminator" film to win or be nominated for an Oscar. It won four out of the six it was nominated for.
  • Director James Cameron was so impressed by Linda Hamilton's acting that he campaigned for her to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, although it was unsuccessful. Cameron's previous film, Aliens (1986), Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Best Actress, but she lost to Marlee Matlin.
  • In the fight scene in the steel mill between the two Terminators, the set was literally dressed with rubber so the actors would not hurt themselves when being flung around.
  • 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).
  • The damaged Terminator look in the climax of the film took five hours to apply and an hour to remove.
  • When moving through a crowd, Robert Patrick patterned himself after a shark moving in on its prey.
  • 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.
  • (at around 27 mins) 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 special effects crew had to incorporate Robert Patrick's football-injury limp in their animation of the T-1000. Next, they filmed the stuff with the T-1000 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.
  • The film has over three hundred effects shots, which total almost sixteen minutes of running time.
  • (Cameo) William Wisher: (at around 27 mins) Co-writer Wisher is the photographer during the mall fight when the Terminator is thrown through the galleria window. Wisher also played the police officer who was violently carjacked in The Terminator (1984) (hence his look of recognition as he photographs the Terminator).
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) 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.
  • 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. However, this idea was abandoned as it was judged too confusing for viewers.
  • 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.
  • The movie's line, "Hasta la vista, baby," was voted as the #76 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
  • Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sci-Fi" in June 2008.
  • Given Arnold Schwarzenegger's US $15 million salary, and his total of seven hundred words of dialogue, he was paid $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716.
  • 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 the Terminator are talking about why people cry, because James Cameron wanted it to sound dramatic and thought it was better if left intact.
  • The liquid metal CGI effects of the T-1000 were rendered on a Silicon Graphics IRIS Indigo workstation, using an early version of 'PhotoShop', created by visual effects artist John Knoll and his brother Tom. PhotoShop would later become the industry standard in graphical editing.
  • Despite the film's R-rating, numerous children's toys were released and were a financial success.
  • Identical twins Don Stanton and Dan Stanton played the hospital security guard and the T-1000.
  • More explicit shots of the arm cutting scene were removed, as director James Cameron felt they were tasteless and unnecessary.
  • Until The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), this was the only sequel to win an Academy Award when the previous installment(s) received no nominations.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Robert Patrick received weapons training under technical expert Uzi Gal, and 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.
  • (at around 1h 5 mins) 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.
  • 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."
  • (Cameo) Van Ling: (at around 21 mins) The DVD Producer and Special Effects Coordinator appears as Dyson's assistant in the lab.
  • An opening segment showing the design of the Time Displacement Machine, which sent the first Terminator and Kyle Reese back in the time in the first film, was rejected for the sequel, as it was too complicated, costly and unnecessary for plot development (also, 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 full Time Displacement Machine would ultimately be seen in the Terminator series in Terminator Genisys (2015).
  • The ten-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 ten-gauge shotgun, not a twelve-gauge, in the commentary.
  • It took three takes to properly capture the helicopter crashing on the freeway.
  • (at around 6 mins) The Terminator's "point-of-view" scenes at the biker's bar identify a Harley Davidson "Fatboy", and a carcinogen in the cigar smoke.
  • The idea to destroy the Cyberdyne Systems building to prevent the future war was in the first Terminator movie, but it was cut from the final release (it can be seen in the deleted scenes section of the The Terminator (1984) DVD). Director James Cameron said it was lucky he chose to cut that scene in 1984, as it formed the "nucleus" of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
  • Director Trademark: [nice cut] (at around 1 min) During the opening credits, the cut from the playing children to the dark future.
  • Robert Patrick mimicked the head movements of the American bald eagle for his role as T-1000.
  • A female passerby 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. Whether it was a coincidence or not, in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), the Terminator (played again by Schwarzenegger) actually steps into a bar during male stripper night.
  • 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.
  • This movie held the world record for highest opening-weekend gross of an R-rated film (with US $52,306,548) until The Matrix Reloaded (2003).
  • After the release of The Abyss (1989) (featuring the infamous pseudo-pod scene), director James Cameron felt he was ready to start working on this film. However, he knew that half of the film's rights were owned by Hemdale (producer of The Terminator (1984)), which was going bankrupt and could no longer provide funding. While working on Total Recall (1990) with Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna (owners of Carolco Pictures), Arnold Schwarzenegger learned of Cameron's intention to make the film, and it was him who urged Kassar and Vajna to buy the rights from Hemdale. Finally, they bought them in February 1990, and Cameron would only start work the following month.
  • 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 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 this film). 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. Thirteen other actors and actresses appear twice or more, but either all as heroes, or all as villains.
  • 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).
  • Director James Cameron asked Stan Winston to direct a teaser trailer. Cameron did not 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). The teaser ran over a year in advance of T2's release and was shown before another Schwarzenegger hit film, Total Recall (1990).
  • The sound used for Arnold Schwarzenegger's shotgun was actually two cannons.
  • 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. Steve Austin was also the title character's name in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). Austin could be considered a cyborg because one eye, one arm, and both legs were bionic, implanted on him to replace his missing limbs and eye.
  • (at around 2h) 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.
  • The Cyberdyne building in the movie is in fact a two-story structure in Fremont, California. 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.
  • According to Sound Supervisor Gloria S. Borders, approximately seventy percent of the dialogue, and most of the breathing, is ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement/Dubbing). General rule of thumb: the more action in a movie, the more ADR and Foley processing.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's young daughter screamed the first time she saw his face made-up to show the robotics appearing underneath the skin tissue.
  • Production took sufficiently long that Edward Furlong visibly aged during the shoot. He is clearly much younger in the scene 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. He had also grown so tall over the months that for one scene shot late in the production schedule, he had to stand in a hole in the ground, in order to maintain continuity in height difference with Linda Hamilton.
  • (at around 1h 45 mins) 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.
  • (at around 38 mins) The photos of the 1984 attack were still shots of a re-shoot. Director 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. (Telltale signs can be spotted from Schwarzenegger's hair and facial structure.)
  • 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 would not play the "bad guy" this time.
  • Linda Hamilton turned down a part in another movie after hearing a simple outline of the plot by James Cameron. Her only condition was that Sarah Connor's character should have evolved, no longer being a meek and feeble waitress; she wanted to "be crazy".
  • When the project was first announced in late 1984, the projected budget was US $12 million. The final budget was US $102 million. Despite initial studio concerns that the movie might be unable to recoup its costs, due to lucrative distribution deals, the film had already earned back its budget before it played on a single screen.
  • In the original script, the initial encounter between John and The T-1000 took place at an amusement park.
  • Linda Hamilton received weapons training from former Israeli commando Uzi Gal and personal physical training from Anthony Cortés for three hours a day, six days a week for thirteen weeks before filming. Under both, she trained intensely with weapons, weights and learned judo and heavy military training techniques. She had to maintain a demanding non-fat diet, even during filming, and lost twelve pounds. After training, she was able to impress director James Cameron by hitting every mark with a machine gun on a shooting range despite having no weapon experience beforehand, and she got a special compliment from Arnold Schwarzenegger (a former bodybuilder) on the first day of filming for her ripped physique. 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 noticeable in the two scenes in which they appear together.
  • This was the highest-grossing movie of 1991.
  • (at around 26 mins) When the Terminator arrives at the mall to look for John, he is carrying a box of roses with a gun (shotgun) inside. The theme song for the movie, "You Could Be Mine", is by Guns N' Roses.
  • Robert Patrick trained in a rigorous running regimen while breathing through his nose, in order to be able to appear to run at high speeds without showing fatigue on film. He had trained so hard that he was able to catch up with Edward Furlong on his dirtbike with great ease, so he had to slow down considerably.
  • When John takes off on his motorbike from the mall chased by the T-1000, he is riding a Honda XR 80 or 100, which has a 4-cycle engine. It was dubbed with a 2-cycle sound, to create a strong contrast with the Terminator's Harley.
  • The Terminators seen at the beginning of the movie were fully workable animatronic models.
  • Because of the amount of make-up Arnold Schwarzenegger had to wear for the climax, he was blind in one eye and had no depth perception.
  • 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.
  • (at around 24 mins) The game that John plays in the Galleria is Missile Command (1980). 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.
  • In the audio commentary, James Cameron says the opening credits sequence was filmed using three hundred frames per second; when played at normal speed (24 frames per second), the footage is slowed down almost 12 times. The scenes were filmed indoors for maximum control of the flames, with the walls painted red and yellow to conceal the room.
  • In the audio commentary, director James Cameron said that not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from where LAPD officers beat up Rodney King, but they were filming the night of the beating. Cameron got the idea for Strange Days (1995) after the outcome of the verdict on April 29, 1992.
  • (at around 31 mins) 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).
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) The police helicopter in the climactic chase scene (registration number N830RC) is a Bell 206B JetRanger II.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron had always wanted to do a sequel to The Terminator (1984), but Cameron could not get the rights and financing until 1990.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was initially unsure when James Cameron told him that the Terminator could not kill people since he was the 'good guy' now. He suspected the studio was trying to soften the violence like in Conan the Destroyer (1984). He felt that had destroyed the "Conan" franchise, and did not want to see it happen with this series as well. Since Terminator 2 (1991) was rated R, he relaxed a little, but he still asked Cameron if the Terminator could at least kill some people in the beginning before swearing he would no longer do that. Cameron stood his ground, and Schwarzenegger finally told him "Just don't make me gay".
  • 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).
  • Shot in eight months, compared to the first film's six-week filming schedule. The film was on a tight deadline as it had to be ready for the summer of 1991 to meet its financial commitments. When writer/director James Cameron got the call from Carolco Pictures that the film was officially green-lit, one of the first things he said to his friend and co-writer William Wisher was: "The good news is, we're making the sequel; the bad news is, we are already several months behind schedule". They used every available hour to write the initial draft, because Cameron wanted to have a finished screenplay before the Cannes Film Festival, where Carolco would announce the film. He did an all-nighter the day before the festival, and the script was literally printed out while a limousine was waiting to get him to the airport. This actually delayed the plane to Cannes, much to the chagrin of the Carolco delegation inside (which included filmmakers Paul Verhoeven, Oliver Stone and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger). After boarding, Cameron handed the script to Schwarzenegger and producer Mario Kassar, and immediately fell asleep for the entire duration of the flight.
  • 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.
  • For the Los Angeles River sequence, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in pain because he could not wear a glove while cocking the gun, so 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 frequently hit Edward Furlong with the gun while doing it, one time almost knocking the young actor out. He had to achieve all this while trying to act and control a Harley at the same time as James Cameron told him where to look. He could not 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.
  • Film debut of Edward Furlong. He won the part of John Connor after being discovered by Casting Director Mali Finn. She had been looking for a 'streetwise kid', but none of the young professional actors who had come for a screentest had been convincing enough. She widened her search to the Boys' Club of Pasadena, California, where she found Furlong. Like John Connor, he had never met his father and was no longer living with his mother. When she approached him, he gave her the right amount of attitude, convincing her that he could be perfect for the role. Although his first audition did not go well (he felt a bit intimidated by the presence of Linda Hamilton), both Finn and James Cameron were impressed by his raw talent to summon emotion on command. After some training with a dialogue coach and displaying a visible chemistry with Arnold Schwarzenegger, they were convinced he was the right choice.
  • 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.
  • With the film's domestic box-office adjusted for inflation, it is the top grossing R-rated action film of all time.
  • 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).
  • While a central point in Terminator 2 (1991), the phrase, "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves," is not said in The Terminator (1984). The phrase comes from a deleted scene.
  • This film outperformed the full gross of its predecessor, The Terminator (1984), after just four days of release.
  • Billy Idol was director James Cameron's original choice to play the T-1000, but a motorcycle accident prevented him from taking on the role. This was somewhat ironic, since the T-1000 rides a motorcycle in many scenes. Idol can be seen on crutches in a small part in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991), which was released a few months before this film.
  • Linda Hamilton's then twenty-month-old son, Dalton, played an infant John Connor in a playground dream sequence.
  • Shot over a period of 171 days.
  • James Cameron was paid five million dollars to return to direct the film.
  • As of 2014, this is still TriStar Pictures' highest grossing film.
  • The film includes Robert Patrick's first nude scene.
  • (at around 7 mins) For the scene where the nude Terminator walks into a biker bar, Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually wearing a pair of purple board shorts.
  • 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).
  • This was the first film to break US $300 million at the international box-office.
  • The last Terminator film to be written and directed by James Cameron. Cameron was not involved in the following three sequels, only receiving credit as the creator of the characters, but returned to the franchise as producer and writer of the sixth installment, Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).
  • John's t-shirt bears the logo for the group Public Enemy. One of the members of Public Enemy was named "Terminator X".
  • Director James Cameron cast Robert Patrick as the T-1000 after seeing him in Die Hard 2 (1990).
  • Dean Norris has a small role as S.W.A.T. 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 teaser trailer, we see the T-800 put into a machine called the "Bio-Flesh Regenerator" at the Endoskeleton factory, which grows and generates living human tissue onto the T-800, giving him his human form and emerges as Schwarzenegger. Kenner released a "Bio-Flesh Regenerator" play-set, which came with T-800 Terminator action figures. Which the T-800 Terminator endoskeleton is put into a clear plastic mold of Arnold Schwarzenegger. A flesh-colored 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Director Trademark: [white frame] (at around 48 mins) 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.
  • In the beginning, Sarah Connor says three 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.
  • In one scene, The T-1000 (Robert Patrick) asks a red-haired girl (Nikki Cox) if she knows where John Connor is, and she replies that he is at the Galleria. In the following installments, 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: Rise of the Machines (2003), Kate mentioned that she attended the same school as John, and the day before the T-800 and the T-1000 arrived, they both met and had made out in the basement of the house of a boy, Mike Kripke, who they went to school with. If so, it is most likely John would have told Kate he was going to go to the Galleria with Tim the next day.
  • The liquid-metal T-1000 was actually intended for the first film: Skynet was supposed to send the liquid killer as soon as it learned that their first assassin, the T-800 played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, had failed its mission. Even Skynet was reluctant to send the T-1000, as it was experimental and could potentially cause more harm to the timeline than good. James Cameron briefly considered clay-animation in dark surroundings for the shape-shifting effects, but quickly realized that it could not be done, due to budget constraints and the limits of technology at the time. After finishing The Abyss (1989), Cameron felt that computer-generated special effects had become advanced enough to animate the T-1000. Still, it was a major gamble, as the T-1000 was integral to the story and much of the visual effects software had to be created from scratch.
  • The 1997 Region 1 DVD from Artisan Entertainment includes an Audio Descriptive Track.
  • Although playing a character of nine or ten, Edward Furlong was thirteen at the time of filming.
  • (at around 7 mins) At the beginning of the movie, the song playing at the biker bar is Guitars Cadillacs by Dwight Yoakam.
  • It is revealed on the DVD audio commentary that the Terminator's alternate source of power in the steel mill comes from thermocouples, which convert the heat from the surroundings into electrical power which Terminator can use.
  • For the bad guy in the movie, James Cameron and co-Writer William Wisher 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 Arnold T-800s being sent back in time, one good, and the other bad, before settling on the T-1000 being the bad Terminator. This idea ended up being used for Terminator Genisys (2015).
  • Denzel Washington turned down the role of Miles Bennett Dyson - "No offense to Jim Cameron, but when I read the script, I thought: All he does is look scared and sweat. I had to pass."
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • (at around 35 mins) 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. Not only that but it's the final Terminator film of the second millennium, and the final Terminator film directed by James Cameron.
  • The second of two movies starring Linda Hamilton that involved alternate time lines. The first was Mr. Destiny (1990). Also, in Mr. Destiny, her character's maiden name was Ellen Ripley, the role played by Sigourney Weaver in James Cameron's Aliens (1986).
  • (at around 13 mins) In the film, which takes place ten years after the original film, Dr. Silberman states that Sarah is 29 years old, which meant Sarah was eighteen in 1984 and was born in 1965. But, in Terminator Genisys (2015), which took place in an alternate timeline. Sarah tells Kyle Reese that Pops saved her in 1973, when she was nine, which means that she was born in 1964, not 1965, and was twenty in alternate 1984, and would be 21 in 1985.
  • It's possible that the red haired girl, who 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.
  • 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.
  • John Connor's dirt bike is a 1990 XR 100.
  • After the release of Terminator Genisys (2015), James Cameron said that it was the natural follow up to this film. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes it exceeded Terminator 2 technologically, action-wise, and in intensity. However, Cameron later admitted that the Terminator movies made after T2 did not work for him for various reasons, but he supported them nevertheless because of his close friendship with Schwarzenegger.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger believed James Cameron stretched it beyond belief with visual effects on this film.
  • 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 thirty years later, I would be asked to come back to a franchise like this, playing The Terminator, unlike Batman or James Bond."
  • 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. When he does he fails miserably, drawing a big laugh from the audience.
  • (at around 1h 1 min) The bullets Sarah Connor pulls out of the Terminator are slugs from a Browning Hi-Power. James Cameron fired them himself saying he wanted the authentic "smushed" effect.
  • The only sequel of the 1990s to be the #1 movie of the year. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) was also the biggest of its year, but it was a prequel.
  • On the DVD commentary, James Cameron states that Arnold Schwarzenegger initially didn't like the idea of the T-800 not killing anyone, and it took a little while for Cameron to convince him.
  • The Terminator (1984), this film, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) have shown Terminators to be anatomically correct.
  • The first of four movies with the word "day" that had Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which three of them he had a starring role and the title has a biblical reference; The others were End of Days (1999), The 6th Day (2000), and Around the World in 80 Days (2004).
  • The last Terminator movie to show the use of a payphone. It's when John Connor (Edward Furlong) calls his foster parents Todd (Xander Berkeley) and Janelle (Jenette Goldstein) Voight.
  • The second of five movies with Earl Boen as a psychologist, the others were the first and third Terminator movies, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).
  • The second of five movies with Earl Boen as a psychologist, the others were The Terminator (1984), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).
  • In one take of the aftermath of the motorcycle chase, Arnold Schwarzenegger accidentally hit Edward Furlong in the eye with the shotgun prop.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger wore boxer shorts for the biker bar scene.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Patrick each appeared in HBO's Tales from the Crypt (1989) show at one point. Schwarzenegger directed the episode The Switch (1990), and did a cameo in the episode. Patrick starred in the episode The New Arrival (1992).
  • Since the film's release the three of the four Winchester 1887 shotguns have been publicly sold- one is owned by Jason DeBord- the president of the Original Prop Blog, LLC and two were sold in an auction posted by Little John's Auction Service in June 2007, the fourth has been rumored to be in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Personal Collection.
  • This is the second R rated Terminator film in the franchise. Its predecessor and successor, The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), respectively, are also rated R. However, Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015) are both rated PG-13, which many people felt contributed to their underperformances at the U.S. box-office. Although, all five films have made money worldwide.
  • Edward Furlong's first film.
  • At 137 minutes (for the theatrical cut), and 156 minutes (for the 2009 Blu-ray Skynet Edition), this is the longest Terminator movie in the franchise.
  • In 2008, a television series based on the Terminator films entitled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) premiered in the United States on January 13, 2008. The series takes place two years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and ignores Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), and the series followed Sarah (Lena Headey) and John Connor (Thomas Dekker) and a female Terminator called Cameron Phillips (Summer Glau) as they travel forward eight years across time, as they set out to continue the fight against Skynet and to stop Judgment Day from happening. The series ran for two seasons and was canceled on April 10, 2009.
  • A critic called Terminator Genisys (2015) "The best Terminator film since Judgment Day".
  • In 2017, James Cameron has commissioned his company Lightstorm to do a 4K transfer of the movie, and then convert that into 3-D for re-release.
  • In 1989, when Orion still retained the rights to the original, it was briefly reported that James Cameron would only write and produce, with John McTiernan directing.
  • Edward Furlong was cast as John Connor by James Cameron mostly due to Edward Furlong's physical resemblance to Linda Hamilton, who plays Sarah Connor.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) The T-1000 actually grows a second set of arms to fly the helicopter while both loading and firing his weapon. It is the only time he makes use of the capacity of duplicating appendages.
  • According to James Cameron, there are only 42 CGI shots used in this film.
  • Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) was originally envisioned in the movie as having a scar on her upper lip. Make-up tests were done, and the effect looked convincing. However, due to her screen time, this meant that Hamilton would have to spend long hours in make-up before filming, so the idea was abandoned.
  • James Cameron and Linda Hamilton got into a relationship during the making of the movie, while Cameron was still divorcing Kathryn Bigelow. They married in 1997, but divorced 2 years later after Cameron had started an affair with Suzy Amis, another actress he had met on a set (of Titanic (1997)). Hamilton would later name her bipolar disorder as one of the reasons why they had grown apart. They remained on good terms though, with Hamilton returning to the franchise in Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) which was produced by Cameron.
  • Robert Patrick and Kristanna Loken both played evil terminators in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) (respectively) and would later co-star in S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2011).
  • Announced that the film would be digitally remastered in 3D to commemorate its 25th anniversary, with a worldwide re-release planned for summer 2017. The version to be remastered and re released in 3D was the original 137 minute theatrical cut, as the extended edition is not James Cameron's preferred version. Only one camera shot from the opening chase sequence was digitally altered to fix a minor continuity error which had bugged Cameron since the 1991 release. Similar to Cameron's Titanic (1997) 3D, Lightstorm Entertainment oversaw the work on the 3D version of Terminator 2, which took nearly a year to finish.
  • The film was included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the four hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
  • Robert Patrick would go on to reprise his role as the T-1000 as a cameo in Wayne's World (1992). He pulls over Wayne(Mike Myers) to ask him, as he does in this film, "Have you seen this boy?", referring to John Connor. Wayne screams as he realizes who just pulled him over and quickly drives off as the T-1000 angrily walk towards the speeding car.
  • (at around 25 mins) In this film, a character other than the Terminator says "I'll be back". It was said by Tim to John Connor in the video arcade. He says, "I'm going to get some quarters. I'll be back".
  • Robert Patrick reprises his role as the T-1000 in Wayne's World (1992). The scene in which he in was filmed only ½ mile (¾Km) from where the T-1000 first appears in this film.
  • When it came time to shoot the teaser trailer for this film, Stan Winston was working with director Tim Burton on Edward Scissorhands (1990) while Arnold Schwarzenegger was busy shooting Kindergarten Cop (1990). Both Winston and Schwarzenegger agreed to leave both productions for one day in order to shoot the teaser trailer.
  • The film's tag line "It's nothing personal" is both appropriate to Schwartzenegger's switched role as a good Terminator this time, but also a parody of many other film's taglines at the time of "This time, it's personal" or some variation.
  • The motorcycle the T800 rides is a Harley-Davidson Softail "Fatboy." Although never confirmed by Harley-Davidson, many believe that HD came up with the "Fatboy" model name as a tasteless joke, made by combining the nicknames of the two atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan ("Little Boy" and "Fat Man"). The "Fatboy" bike was supposed to represent the re-emergence and dominance of American bikes over their Japanese counterparts. The bike is said to have similar design lines of a B29 bomber and its tank symbols resemble a bomber pilot's flight wings. This could be a nod to Skynet's inception as a software program for bombing missions and its utilization of nuclear weapons to destroy its enemies.
  • (at around 1h 27 mins) When the group breaks into Cyberdyne, Sarah is wearing Kyle's green trench coat from the first film. (Not the exact coat, just the same type/color)
  • The following actors have birthdays of August 29: * Barry Sullivan (1912-1994) * Ingrid Bergman (1915-August 29, 1982 her 67th birthday) * Isabel Sanford (1917-2004) * Charles Gray (1928-2000) * John McCain (1936-2018) * Elliott Gould (1938), who also starred with Schwarzenegger in The Long Goodbye (1973). * Joel Schumacher (1939) * Robin Leach (1941-2018) * Michael Jackson (1958-2009). In the Coda, Sarah Connor says that August 29 came and went and Michael Jackson turned 40. This is a mistake. He only turned 39. His music video Michael Jackson: Black or White (1991) which was released the same year as this film, also used morphing, the same effect that was used for the T-1000. * Rebecca De Mornay (1959) * Carla Gugino (1971) * Maria Bertrand (1975) * Larissa Meek (1978) * Emily Hampshire (1981) * Lanny Barbie (1981) * Lea Michele (1986) * The King George Job (2010) Aired on the 13th anniversary of Judgement Day.
  • Unlike the T-800 and T-X (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)) We never view a scene from the POV of the T-1000 (red filter, digital readouts and analysis, etc.)
  • To give the effect that the Terminator's time portal burned a chunk out of a truck, scotch light is painted onto the rim and has light concentrated on it to give it a heated glow. The same method is used for the introduction of the T-1000. Note the blooper here in the form of the inconsistent, non-uniform cut on the leftward fence pole.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) During the chase scene, the police helicopter used by the T-1000 is hung by a moving crane to give it the look like it is flying. This allowed the actor to fire and reload his gun with two hands while the two spare hands could convince the audience the helicopter is being flown.
  • An amputee stunt double was used during the scene when the T-1000 emerges from the truck, continually being drenched in liquid nitrogen as his limbs fall of and he finally freezes solid.
  • Stan Winston invented special foam rubber squibs to imitate gunshot wounds inflicted on the T-1000. Whenever the T-1000 was shot, these squibs were integrated in Robert Patrick's suit, folded shut and held together with specially rigged clamps. Upon cue, these clamps were released by remote, and the squib would instantaneously open up like a flower. Patrick wore several of these squibs in varying sizes, to simulate impact wounds from different caliber firearms. The closing of the impact wounds was later done via computer-generated visual effects created by Industrial Light and Magic. During one night of shooting, the squibs were not available, so co-producer Stephanie Austin created some from scratch with tin foil and a magic marker. Even though the correct squibs were brought in at the last moment, James Cameron appreciated the work, and used several of Austin's squibs during filming.
  • When the biker puts his cigar out on the Terminator's chest, the only thing protecting Arnold from being burned was a block and prosthetic skin the size of a dime. If this guy was off even a little bit, he would have been burned pretty bad.
  • Robert Winley plays the cigar biker (whose name is listed in the script as Robert Pantelli) who encounters a naked terminator. In Joy Ride (2001) he encounters two naked men. It was his final film before passing away from brain cancer. He starred with The Terminator (1984) star Lance Henriksen in Stone Cold (1991).
  • Filmed in 1990.
  • The sunglasses that the T-800 wears are Persol model 58230 .
  • Gene Warren Jr., a member of the Oscar-winning Visual Effects team, is the son of Gene Warren, who won a Special Effects Oscar for another time-travel movie, The Time Machine (1960).
  • John J. Connor just happens to be the name of the director of photography for Short Time (1990). Both movies starred Xander Berkeley.
  • At the beginning of the film, Schwarzenegger's Terminator is armed on 3 occasions while fighting people but doesn't kill any of them(even though they are trying to kill him). The only time in the film he tries to kill anyone is when John is under threat from the jocks. Even though it isn't stated specifically, it seems when he was reprogrammed in the future, he was reprogrammed not to kill anyone unless John is perceived to be in danger.
  • Robert Winley who plays the cigar biker in this film, and Lance Henriksen (who was detective Vulkovich in The Terminator (1984)) appeared together in Stone Cold (1991) with some scenes together.
  • This film & Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) both show Missile Command (1982). Not only were both movies filmed in the same mall (SHerman Oaks Galleria) but Fast Times At Ridgemont High had characters named Brad & Stacy Hamilton. This movie stars Linda Hamilton.
  • When Arnold Schwarzenegger was having the Terminator endoskull makeup applied to his face for the final fight between the T101 and the T1000, Arnold's makeup had caused his infant daughter Katherine to scream and cry.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's then wife Maria Shriver and their daughter Katherine visited the set.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger would not work with Linda Hamilton again until Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).
  • When the T101 tells Sarah and John about when Skynet initiated the nuclear attack, he mentions that Skynet also attacked Russia. 3 years earlier, Arnold Schwarzenegger played a Russian policeman in Red Heat (1988).
  • Many people have often stated that Robert Patrick's performance as the T-1000 terrified them.
  • The film is one of the highest grossing R rated films of all time with over $515 million worldwide.
  • Sarah Connor suffers from psychological trauma and PTSD.
  • A scene was filmed but deleted where Douglas and another guard enter Sarah's cell and order her to take her medication; Sarah refuses because they make her drowsy. Douglas insists that she comply, since she is up for a psychological review that afternoon. Sarah says that she doesn't need the drugs and won't be causing any trouble. However, Douglas subsequently beats Sarah up by hitting her in the stomach with his baton, gets the other guard to zap her with a stun gun, forces the medication down her throat and leaves Sarah lying unconscious on the floor. This later leads into a dream sequence where Sarah sees Kyle, who tells her that she needs to protect John, and the end of the world is coming closer. Linda Hamilton loved this scene because it showed Sarah at her most vulnerable, rather than the hardened soldier she portrays for most of the film. However, director James Cameron told her during additional dialogue recording that he had to cut these scenes for time. Both scenes were reinstated for the Special Edition.
  • The Terminator (1984) was featured in the BBC2 broadcast of The Terminator (1990) during production of T-2 as mentioned by Alex Cox.
  • Joe Morton and Robert Patrick later appear togther in an X-Files episode during season 9 "Redrum."
  • Oscar winner for special effects Stan Winston was also the man who created the monsters in Jurassic Park and in another James Cameron science fiction movie called Aliens.
  • Robert Patrick reprised his role as the T-1000 in a cameo at the fictional police station in the Schwarzenegger action spoof, Last Action Hero (1993).
  • In a deleted scene of The Terminator (1984), it is revealed that the factory where the final scene takes place is the Cyberdyne Systems factory; one of the workers finds remains of the Terminator's CPU, and sends it to R&D, concealing the evidence from the police, as alluded to by Silberman during his psychological review of Sarah.
  • The terminator says that Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. This means that each cycle of learning is done at a rate that is faster than the previous cycle. Unlike linear rate, which means learning one thing at a time, a geometric rate means that it applies what it has already learned to the new information at the same time it is received, which multiplies the amount of knowledge rather than simply adding to it. For example, say that it learns the melting temperature of a range of metals, then it learns the amount of heat generated by certain accelerants or fuels. It automatically combines this information together to instantly calculate combinations of metals and accelerants.
  • The film states that in 1997 there would be three billion deaths. The world population in 1991, when the film was released, was 5.375 billion. The population in 1997 was 5.879 billion. If three billion is the accurate number, this means that nearly half the world's population survived.
  • The blank ammunition for the minigun was powerful enough to create the flash but with only a fraction of the power found in a genuine cartridge. As demonstrated on MythBusters (2003), the recoil of a minigun is so strong that no human being could operate it as shown in the film. The robot constructed for the original film weighed 200 pounds. At even twice that weight, a terminator would have difficulty dealing with the recoil. The NATO standard 7.62 round produces approximately 8.6 foot/pounds of recoil. Firing at 6,000 rounds a second, that is a combined 8,600 foot/pounds of recoil a second.
  • "Hasta La Vista" is Spanish for "See you later".
  • The arcade game parodies the film's R rating by giving itself its own R rating for "Righteous".
  • Cameron shot the movie with two colors used as lighting and filtering: orange and blue. Orange was the color of humanity while blue was the color of machines. This was brought to a head in the steel mill finale, where humanity (and a humanized Terminator) makes its final stand against the machines. The orange hues of the molten steel (which would destroy the machines) was filmed opposite of the cold blue of the machinery around it.
  • The Terminator begins the film wearing leather and sunglasses and riding a motorcycle. He loses the sunglasses and motorcycle around the hospital escape. This was done as a deliberate reversal of the original film, in which he only acquired these things past the midway point, and to symbolize the opposite moral journeys the two cyborgs take.
  • In the first film, Sarah drove down a straight road, toward a dark storm. The second film ends with Sarah narrating as the camera travels down a road, swerving back and forth, pointing downward so that you can't see what's ahead. This was to symbolize that the end of the road was no longer a certainty, something also reflected in Sarah's narration.
  • In the Director's Cut, during Sarah's dream sequence, Kyle tells her how strong she's become and that she needs to go and protect John, when she tells him she doesn't think she can, Kyle insists "on your feet, soldier". The same words Sarah said to him near the end of the first film when he collapsed from his injuries.
  • In a more mundane example, when Silberman is showing other doctors around Pescadero and brings them to see Sarah, he off-handedly mentions that he's been "following [her] case for years". He was the psychologist brought in during The Terminator (1984) to evaluate Kyle Reese after he was captured by the police, and also to help provide mundane explanations to Sarah for everything she'd seen that night. He just barely missed the original T-800's rampage by leaving the station just as it was coming in, explaining why Silberman doesn't recognize the second T-800 that comes to save Sarah.
  • Before the ultimate reveal that the T-800 is the good guy this time around, and that the "other guy" is actually the villainous T-1000, the film leaves a few hints as to their true nature: The T-800 cleans house at the bar to get the biker's clothes and ride, but doesn't actually kill anyone, unlike his brutal introduction in the first film. This is a clear tip that this T-800 may not have been programmed as before, especially when he gets the cool Bad to the Bone treatment. Tellingly, Janelle and Todd are still alive when the T-1000 questions them and Todd mentions "a big guy" inquiring about John earlier, whereas the previous T-800 model simply broke into Sarah's and her mother's house, killing everyone it encountered to find her location. The T-1000's introduction, meanwhile, is a distinctly more serious scene, with more foreboding music too. He also runs up to this imminent victim, completely stark naked and nothing in his hand, and yet his victim still dies instantly. Later on, John Connor's dog Max can be heard barking frantically when the T-1000 asks his foster parents about him and his whereabouts. In the first film, it's established that dogs can sense who is and isn't a Terminator.
  • It's never explained how the T-1000 was able to go through the time portal even though it has no living flesh. In the original script, it was explained that the T-1000 traveled inside a flesh sac which it would shed immediately upon arrival; the officer on the scene would find the sac just before being killed by the T-1000. This idea was cut because it was deemed to confusing for the audience at this point in the story, so the arrival of the T-1000 was kept off-screen. Later retcons and explanations simply posited that mimetic polyalloy is just that good at mimicking human flesh.
  • During the opening title sequence, Cameron shows the playground three times. Once during a normal day, next covered in apocalyptic ashes, and again on fire. This was meant to symbolize heaven, hell and purgatory. During the same sequence, he shows four mechanical horses, meant to symbolize the horsemen of the apocalypse.
  • John, Sarah, and the T-800 arrive in a small town to stop near a gas station. As they leave, the exact moment the T-800 goes into full detail about Judgment Day is when they are in the desert, easily symbolizing Judgment Day itself.
  • When they break into Cyberdyne Systems, Sarah's wearing Kyle's grey trenchcoat from the first movie. Her donning the uniform of her hardened soldier lover is a very clever visual marker of how far she's come.
  • When the young man at Cyberdyne asks Dyson for "it", he is carrying a tin of Pepsi on a tray. When John is fleeing through the backstage corridors at the mall, there is a Pepsi machine in one of them.
  • Subway sandwiches when the police are questioning Sarah, and the girls questioned about John by the T-1000 in the beginning have Subway cups. It was all the more blatant for those who owned the VHS version: among the previews in the beginning is a Subway commercial.
  • According to the police computer, the character John Connor is 10 years old. Edward Furlong, cast in the role, was 13 during production.
  • There was concern as to how realistic CGI would look when it came to the helicopter going under the bridge, so the pilot just did it for real.
  • Working with the notoriously perfectionist James Cameron was so hard on many crew members that they started wearing shirts saying "Terminator 3: Not With Me".
  • James Cameron ordered Stan Winston to create 10 skulls for the opening shot in which a T-800 Terminator crushes a human skull under its foot. The shot was very complicated because the movements of the endoskeleton had to be timed with explosive effects in the background while the camera was moving. Winston, familiar with Cameron's perfectionism, went on the safe side and created no less than 26 skulls. As expected, Cameron went through all of them over 26 different takes. The fifth one ended up in the movie.
  • Director James Cameron asked Arnold Schwarzenegger if he could make faster turns on his motor bike, but Schwarzenegger replied "Not with me on it". Cameron solved it by 'undercranking' every shot where the T-800 makes a sharp turn, i.e. filming it with a frame rate slower than the usual 24 frames per second (fps). When those shots were then played at normal 24 fps speed, they were effectively sped up. The same technique was used in many of the fight scenes between the T-800 and T-1000, to heighten the impact of the punches.
  • Edward Furlong immediately got along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the young actor had grown up without a father figure, and Schwarzenegger could fill that role both in front and behind the camera. Linda Hamilton joked that she experienced excruciating moments when she was forced to listen as Schwarzenegger gave Furlong advice about women, and stated that they did so well together because they were "emotionally the same age".
  • William Wisher, co-writer and long-time friend of writer/director James Cameron, finally got a full screenplay credit for this movie. He had only received an "additional dialogue by" credit for The Terminator (1984) despite writing half the screenplay (Gale Anne Hurd got the co-credit for that movie, even though she only did script editing and did not write a single line of the screenplay). Wisher basically wrote the first half of the T2 screenplay, and Cameron the second half.

Spoilers

  • (at around 1h 50 mins) Franchise Trademark: The Terminator loses its left arm, and hauls itself forward with its right.
  • (at around 2h 5 mins) 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.
  • The freeway chase near the end posed a few problems. Permission was granted to close down a five-mile section of freeway for several hours per night for filming. However, at one point, all the electrical cabling meant to light the freeway 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, and posted security guards around it to prevent it from being stolen again. That lasted for five days. On some nights, heavy rainfall prevented shooting outside. The production solved this by filming the shots of Sarah and John Connor inside the armored van with a "poor man's process": they parked the van under an overpass, had some crew members rock it, and passed lights alongside it to suggest that the van was driving at high speed.
  • (at around 2h) In the final scene, the lines "I cannot self-terminate. You must lower me in the steel" were added by Arnold Schwarzenegger in post-production. Originally, Terminator silently gave Sarah the controls for the winch, but the test audience didn't understand why Terminator couldn't just drop himself into the steel, and instead needed Sarah to help him terminate.
  • (at around 54 mins) Franchise Trademark: When John and the Terminator rescue Sarah from the hospital, the Terminator says to her, "Come with me if you want to live."
  • In the first three Terminator films, the villainous character's death is greeted with the word "terminated" in some way: In The Terminator (1984), Sarah Connor says " You're terminated, f#cker!" as she destroys the T-800. In T2, John Connor asks "is it dead?" (of the melted T-1000) to which the Terminator replies "Terminated". In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), the T-850 says "You are terminated" to the T-X before they explode.
  • (at around 2h) Director James Cameron's own screams were used for the death throes of the T-1000.
  • The Terminator makes good on his promise not to kill anyone even before he meets John. For all of the mayhem and violence in this movie, the body count is sixteen (at the most), and only two of these by gunfire (the mall employee and Miles Dyson). The people who get killed are (in chronological order): three soldiers, the armored truck driver and his gunner in the Future War; the cop on patrol who encounters the newly-arrived T-1000; a mall employee; Todd and Janelle Voight (the latter implied); Lewis the guard; 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. The police helicopter pilot falls from a height, but probably only suffered some broken bones. The pickup truck driver is probably not in danger of dying as he does not jump off 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 (it is implied that he follows Sarah's suggestion and goes into hiding himself). The T-1000 is directly or indirectly responsible for most (seven) 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 multiple occasions and on the DVD audio commentary, James Cameron has stated that he had to convince Schwarzenegger that his character could no longer kill people.
  • 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 takes her medication. The cut scene was of the staff coming in to give her the pills. She refuses, so the more sadistic of the two, Dougie, smacks her in the gut with his baton and forces the pills down her throat, then kicks 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 drug-induced dream where Reese appears and warns her that she needs to save their son from danger. 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 it steals a police car. * After the T-1000 kills John's foster parents, he ventures outside and kills the dog to check its nametag, which is stamped with the name "Max". The T-1000 does this because the Terminator hung up as soon as the T-1000 confirmed the wrong name by calling the dog "Wolfie"; it 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, as Skynet doesn't want their units to think 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 an operation 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 on Schwarzenegger himself. 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 smile, but the result is less than convincing and even humorous, 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 its shape and color when it touches other materials, like steel bars and the floor. In another deleted shot a few minutes later, John sees the two Sarahs, and recognizes the fake one because its feet are mimicking the steel grating it's standing on. * A scene in a Skynet-free future, with Sarah Connor as an older woman giving a monologue about how Judgment Day never 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. It was, however, included as an Easter egg feature on the Ultimate, Extreme and blu-ray editions of the film on DVD.
  • (at around 46 mins) Linda Hamilton learned to pick locks for the scene in the mental hospital where she does precisely that with a paperclip.
  • Scenes in the original screenplay but not filmed: * Extended Future War sequence. The entire prologue has a voice over by John Connor, describing Judgment Day and the events of the previous movie. The extended scene shows the Resistance winning the war when they destroy Skynet's central processor, rendering all Skynet's units inert in an instant. John and his squad enter a Skynet lab where they find the time-portal and a storage facility 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. The scene was omitted because it was not deemed narratively important enough to justify the costs of building additional sets, but it did appear later in a similar form in Terminator Genisys (2015). * Sarah's ECT. Sarah is fitted for electro-convulsive therapy, and voltage is pumped into her. The shock causes her to wince in pain, and relive several moments from her life, most prominently the T-800 chasing her through the factory and lunging at her 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. * Extended hospital escape. After getting out of the elevator, the T-800 revs up his motorcycle and directs it unmanned and at full speed at the elevator, causing it to explode as the T-1000 emerges from it, giving John, Sarah and him some more time to commandeer a vehicle. * Salceda's death sequence. Enrique Salceda's dog starts barking as the T-1000 approaches. Enrique goes out and tries to shoot it, but T-1000 pierces his shoulder blades in order to torture him for information. Enrique grabs a grenade from a crate behind him and blows himself up, and hopefully the T-1000 with it. However, T-1000's head merely falls off, and like the little piece in the asylum escape sequence, it oozes back into his boots. Enrique's wife Yolanda sees this and hugs her baby as T-1000 steps closer. T-1000 picks up the baby and gets the info from her as to where John and others had gone. * Gant Ranch. This section was a longer version of Salceda's ranch and refers to Travis Gant, the "crazy ex-Green Beret" that John mentions his mother seeing before she was caught (Salceda being one of his subordinates). The scene is longer and has romantic notions between the two. It also sees Gant making an attempt to have Terminator smile. After Sarah, John and the Terminator leave, T-1000 kills Gant as he did like with John's "Mom": disguised as Gant's lover, he easily steps up to him and tortures him for answers before killing him. * Dyson's Vision Sequence. Dyson 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 house that gets shot up by Sarah, and the original is shot at the same time as he is by the S.W.A.T. Team, thus he uses his creation to destroy it). Scenes of the blazing inferno were ultimately used during the movie's opening credits.
  • (at around 1h 55 mins) The scene where the Terminator reboots after being "shut down" by the T-1000 was not in the script and was only added during editing, because director James Cameron felt that the audience would 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 going to visit his friend Bruce Willis for Christmas, to come back for shooting that crucial scene. Ultimately, Schwarzenegger had to cancel his plans and film it. The scene where the Terminator pulls the impaled metal rod off was shot on Christmas day itself.
  • The effect of the T-1000 freezing and breaking up was achieved by filming shots of an amputee fitted with prosthetics, and of Robert Patrick with his real limbs buried underneath the set. Clever editing makes the effect appear almost seamless.
  • Special effects guru Stan Winston and his crew studied hours of nuclear test footage in order to make Sarah Connor's "nuclear nightmare" scene look as realistic as possible. A miniature Los Angeles was made to simulate the scene. Some of the materials used in the miniature 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. 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." The special effects team members have stated several times that no other scene they ever worked on received such equal amounts of praise and emotional feedback from viewers.
  • Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren, was used as a double in scenes involving two "Sarah Connors" (for example, when the T-1000 was imitating her), and in a scene not in the theatrical release (but on the DVD) as a mirror image of Linda.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) The T-1000 tells the helicopter pilot, "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.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) 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. While shooting the freeway scene at night, James Cameron remembered that the special effects crew had made a special suit for the additional arms. He had to wake them up in order for them to bring it to the set in time for filming, since the freeway would reopen for traffic at 5:00 AM.
  • (at around 1h) 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 James Cameron's previous movie, The Abyss (1989). The same logo can be seen on the tanker semi that crashes into the steel foundry.
  • James Cameron fought over the ending with Mario Kassar. Cameron wanted to end the film with an alternate Coda Ending (that showed 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), and demanded a test screening. Cameron eventually relented when test audiences and Kassar himself reacted negatively over the coda ending, commenting that it was way too positive compared to bleak and dark tone of the rest of the movie, and almost seemed to come from a different movie. He chose the more ambiguous existing ending, arguing that it didn't let the audience off the hook so easily, and implying that the struggle for the future is an ongoing one.
  • (at around 1h 50 mins) As the Terminator's arm is being crushed by the gear at the steel mill, the initials "JC" for director James Cameron can be seen written in blood on the Terminator's exposed leg.
  • While Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Patrick share several scenes together, they never exchange dialogue face-to-face. At one point the T-800 tells the frozen T-1000 "Hasta la vista, baby", but the T-1000 could not respond so it is not a dialogue. They exchange words with the T-800 speaking in John's voice and the T-1000 speaking in Janelle's, but this occurs over the phone while impersonating, and not face-to-face.
  • (at around 1h 19 mins) 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.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) Stunt pilot Charles A. Tamburro, who plays the unfortunate pilot who is forced to jump off his helicopter by the T-1000, also performed the stunt whereby the helicopter flies under an overpass in the final chase scene. A camera car would be driving the Steadicam operator close to the helicopter to capture close-up shots, but the camera crew refused to film it because of the high risk involved. Director James Cameron filmed the shot himself, twice: once with the camera car driving behind the helicopter, and once in front of it.
  • An alternate coda was filmed, with an elderly Sarah and John as a U.S. Senator sitting peacefully in a park, in a future where Judgment Day never happened. 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. The idea did survive in some form: in the novelization of the film, Sarah hires a private investigator to find Reese for her, without success.
  • (at around 47 mins) The sound of the T-1000 eye-spiking the prison guard was the sound of Gary Rydstrom's Jack Russell terrier, Buster.
  • An alternate ending for this movie 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. Director James Cameron decided not to use the ending and replaced it with the "unknown road" ending that was used in the final cut.
  • The second and last film in the Terminator franchise in which Sarah kills The Terminator. In The Terminator (1984), Sarah kills the T-800 by crushing him. In this film, Sarah assists the battle damaged T-800 in terminating his own life, by lowering him into molten steel.
  • In the narrative behind Sarah freaking out when the T-800 walks out of the elevator during Sarah's escape attempt. Sarah thinks the T-800 is the same T-800 Terminator which tried to kill her back in 1984, which she crushed and destroyed, and doesn't know that this T-800 is a reprogrammed Terminator, sent back to protect John, and to obey John's commands.
  • Sarah's recurring nightmare about the nuclear war, her aggressive behavior when she attacks Dr. Silberman, her attempted assassination on Miles Dyson, freaking out when she meets the T-800, and her behavior towards John are possible signs that Sarah is suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), following her deadly encounter with the T-800 in 1984. Among the symptoms of PTSD are upsetting dreams about the traumatic event, difficulty maintain close relationships, hopelessness about the future, irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior, and always being on guard for danger.
  • In the narrative behind Sarah breaking down and crying when she tries to kill Dyson: Sarah realizes that she is becoming no better than the T800 that tried to kill her in 1984 and that she has gone to too far and she cannot bring herself to pull the trigger and shoot and kill him.
  • In the narrative behind why The T101 sacrificed his life by having Sarah lower him into the molten steel. The T101 had to give up his life for the greater good and for the good of the future. With the Cyberdyne building blown up, Dyson's work, the T800's CPU and arm and the T1000 destroyed and the T101 sacrificed. Judgment Day will never happen and Sarah and John can now live normal lives and John will be free to decide his own destiny.
  • (at around 47 mins) When the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) stabs Security Guard Lewis (Don Stanton) in the left eye, the victim is unable to yell for help. This would be correct since the front, left lobe of the brain is responsible for producing speech.
  • The opening credits sequence, showing Los Angeles burning in a nuclear fire, was originally conceived as part of a vision of a dying Miles Dyson. As he is laying down on the floor, mortally wounded, Miles picks up a desk picture of his family. He has a vision of burning landscapes, the result of Judgment Day taking place, which change into a view of his wife and children, happily playing in the sun. With this happy memory becoming his final thought, his arm lowers onto the switch. Although powerful, the sequence was thought to focus too much on a secondary character, so it was re-written as a much more harsher and factual death scene.
  • When the fuel cell of the T-800 is damaged by the steel crow bar, all power is reverted to an Auxiliary backup, however, in the sequel, "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" (2003), the fuel cells become extremely unstable - if they are damaged, and will create quite a vast explosion, if not disposed of.
  • In the director's cut, T-800 tells both John and Sarah, that Skynet sends out Cyborgs with their memory chip set to "Read Only", therefore it can not learn anything new. However, it had already been informed by John (earlier in the film), that killing was bad, and then learnt not to do so - without the chip being reprogrammed. Furthermore, in the original movie (1984), when the Terminator approaches the punks and one of them tells him, "[email protected] You Asshole", it remembers this later on, as a response for the hotel cleaner - without the chip being reprogrammed.
  • (at around 28 mins) John Connor escaped from the mall on his motorcycle with the T-1000 chasing him on foot. Robert Patrick was in such great shape from training for his role as the T-1000, he was actually able to catch John Connor's motorcycle during filming. Because the XR-80 is a 4 stroke Honda, but in the film it sounds like a CR-80 2stroke. If it were a 2 stroke as the unmistakable sound suggests, then he would not have been able to catch John as 2 strokes are much faster out of the hole and would get up to speed very quickly, if you can keep the front tire on the ground. 2 strokes take off. Right out from under you in sometimes. Leave you standing there.
  • (at around 27 mins) In the first film, William Wisher portrays a police officer, "1 L 19", who witnesses the T-800 being thrown from Kyle Reese's car after he and Sarah escape Tech-Noir. He is then attacked by the T-800 and has his car stolen. In this film, Wisher appears in the mall following the battle between the T-1000 and T-800. After the T-800 is thrown through a store window, Wisher can be seen photographing him as he is climbing to his feet, and his facial expression shows that he recognizes the T-800 (not knowing that this is a different machine). James Cameron confirmed that this is the same character as the police officer in the first film.
  • (at around 1h 2 mins) After the escape from the mental hospital, the Terminator mentions that his internal chip is a learning computer, so the more time he spends with humans, the more he can learn. This was meant as an explanation as to how he picks up more and more human traits from John over the rest of the movie. However, the scene originally continued, with Terminator explaining that Skynet had set the chip to read-only, preventing him from thinking too much and becoming too independent. John and Sarah then reset the chip by surgically removing and reinserting it. The scene was omitted from the theatrical version but restored in the Special Edition.
  • The original script had T-1000 search John Connor's room early in the film, and finding pictures of Enrique Salceda's ranch. The scene was filmed but was cut for pacing reasons, but it was supposed to explain a later scene where the T-1000 makes its way to Salceda's ranch, after Sarah, John and the T-800 have already left. He tries to torture Enrique for their whereabouts by skewering his shoulders with his finger spikes, saying "I know this hurts. Where is John Connor?" Rather than giving up information, Enrique curses him, and blows himself up with a hand grenade. This forces the android to obtain the information from Enrique's wife by threatening her baby. This scene was not filmed, but the idea was recycled in the finale where T-1000 tortures Sarah in a similar way to make her call to John.
  • In the original script and storyboards, the death of the T-1000 was only depicted as the android falling in a pool of molten steel, and seen from above as it turns inside-out into a face; how the T-1000 would exactly react in the steel was still open to interpretation. One idea was for the android to go through every imaginable shape, some for only a few seconds, but it would be too time-consuming to make this look realistic. Another idea was to have the T-1000 grabbing a chain and hauling part of its dissolving body out of the pool, which would turn into a black crusted mass on the floor. James Cameron finally came with the idea to have T-1000 going through its previous impersonations before finally dissolving as a tortured face.
  • (at around 33 mins) To accomplish the scene in which the T-1000 slowly emerges from the fire, Robert Patrick had to stand in the center of the flames and walk out. After the scene, his clothes were singed.
  • (at around 1h 50 mins) For the scene in which the shattered T-1000 melts and reforms, frozen mercury was melted on a hotplate until it melted and joined together.
  • (at around 1h 45 mins) When the T-1000 kills the liquid nitrogen truck driver by stabbing him with his sharp arm. Stan Winston designed a blade to pop out of the clothes to achieve the look of him being impaled.
  • The movie and the novel are in conflict concerning the question on why the T-800 can't self terminate. In the novel, the T-800 immediately commits suicide by stepping into the molten steel once the T-1000 has died. In the movie, this moment is drawn out to generate emotional issues about the T-800's mortality. However, as a soldier doing a duty, the T-800 probably would not have required others to end his life when the future was at stake. The T-800's death sequence from the official novel: Terminator put his hand on John's shoulder. "I must complete my mission." And as he said that, the human side of his face came back into the light. He reached toward John and his metal finger touched the tear trickling down his cheek. It was the revelation. "I know now why you cry, although it is something I can never do." He turned to Sarah and said, "Goodbye." "Are you afraid?" There was the briefest instant before he responded. "Yes," he said. Not because he was going to cease functioning as a terminator, but because he had sensed a vision beyond his programming of a cosmic order vast beyond Skynet's comprehension. And it gave him a sense of his first feeling. Fear. Of where he was going next, if anywhere. Of course, he hadn't been asked for further details on his answer, so he didn't say any of this. He simply turned and stepped off the edge. [page 235] During the scene when collecting weapons from the hidden cache at the compound of Enrique, John Connor asks the T-800 if it felt fear. To this the T-800 simply replies, "No." John then asks, "Not even of dying?" The T-800 again replies, "No." John Connor presses further, "You don't feel any emotion about it one way or another?" This is when the T-800 says conflictingly, "No, I have to stay functional until my mission is complete. Then it doesn't matter."
  • When The terminator runs over a toy semi truck he gets blown up in a semi truck and the toy truck is similar to the semi he drives
  • During the climax, after T-1000 has pushed the T-800's arm into the gears, the T-1000 can be briefly seen 'glitching'. Although the theatrical version does not explain why this is happening, a few scenes restored in the Special Edition reveal that the android was damaged while being frozen in liquid nitrogen; it has problems maintaining its form and color, so it regularly has to 'reset' itself.
  • When John and the T-800 are looking at the message that Sarah carved into the table, the T-800 is sitting down slightly hunched over and with his hands resting in his lap similar to a human, as opposed to sitting completely upright and still similar to a robot. This is a subtle hint that the T-800 is slowly becoming more "human-like".
  • Director James Cameron consulted with real police officers and SWAT leaders to make the siege and raid of the Cyberdyne building as realistic as possible. The SWAT team in the movie is made up of real SWAT members, with the exception of Dean Norris playing the SWAT leader.
  • It is hard to make out, but the object that the dying Miles Dyson (Joe Morton) holds over the detonator at Cyberdyne is a piece from a giant model of his future microchip. He is thus using something that could destroy mankind in order to save it. The Special Edition of the movie restores a scene that made it clear that he had smashed the model into pieces himself, arguing that since he worked on it so hard, he should be the one to destroy it. Ironically, he uses an axe, one of the first tools known to mankind, to break a highly futuristic tool.
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