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Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991] (2 discs)

Director:James Cameron
Writer:James Cameron
William Wisher Jr.
Composer:Brad Fiedel
Length:152 minutes
(2 hours 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
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IMDB Rating:8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Once again, two visitors arrive from the future, but this time their target is John Connor himself as a child.

Reaction: Arguably Arnold's best movie ever, this is a superbly crafted story about fate and family.

Personal Rating: 10/10

James Cameron => Director / Writer
William Wisher Jr. => Writer
Brad Fiedel => Composer
Arnold Schwarzenegger => The Terminator
Dan Stanton => T-1000 Lewis
Dean Norris => SWAT Team Leader
Denney Pierce => Burly Attendant
Don Lake => Mossberg
Don Stanton => Lewis, Guard
Earl Boen => Dr. Silberman
Edward Furlong => John Connor
Gwenda Deacon => Gwen, Night Nurse
Jenette Goldstein => Janelle Voight
Joe Morton => Miles Dyson
Ken Gibbel => Douglas
Leslie Hamilton Gearren => Twin Sarah
Linda Hamilton => Sarah Connor
Mark Christopher Lawrence => Burly Attendant
Michael Biehn => Kyle Reese (dream sequence)
Michael Edwards => Old John Connor
Nikki Cox => Girl
Robert Patrick => T-1000
Robert Winley => Cigar-Smoking Biker
S. Epatha Merkerson => Tarissa Dyson
Xander Berkeley => Todd Voight

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Michael Biehn was the first choice for the role of the T-1000, in a complete reversal of roles with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was now a hero. But this idea was abandoned as it was judged too confusing for viewers.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's young daughter screamed the first time she saw her father's face made-up to show the robotics appearing underneath the skin tissue.
  • 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.
  • Most of Edward Furlong's voice had to be re-dubbed by Furlong again in post-production because it changed during shooting. His young voice is left intact only in the scene where he and Terminator are talking about why people cry, because James Cameron wanted it to sound dramatic and thought it was better if left intact.
  • Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren was used as a double in scenes involving two "Sarah Connors" (i.e., when the T1000 was imitating her), and in a scene not in the theatrical release (but on the DVD) as a mirror image of Linda.
  • The Terminator loses its left arm, and hauls itself forward with its right. The same thing happened to the Terminator in The Terminator.
  • The Terminator says "I need a vacation", which Arnold Schwarzenegger previously said in Kindergarten Cop. This was not in the script, but ad-libbed.
  • For the sound of T-1000 passing through metal bars, Rydstom simply inverted an open can of dog food and recorded the close-packed food as it oozed slowly out.
  • John Connor wears a t-shirt promoting 80's rap group Public Enemy. Public Enemy's DJ was named Terminator X.
  • SFX crew had to incorporate Robert Patrick's football-injury limp in their animation of the T1000. Next, they filmed the stuff with the T1000 pretending to be driving from the right-hand steering wheel (wearing a mirror-image police uniform), while the real driver was hidden under a black hood at the lowered real steering wheel. For the final film, the scenes were flipped left-to-right to make it all look right, and combined with footage shot with a normal truck driving in the drain. This was done so that Patrick could concentrate on acting rather than driving. They accidentally caught a street sign; after they mirror-imaged the scene, they digitally reversed the text on the sign so it would appear correct.
  • According to a biographical documentary, Arnold Schwarzenegger only agreed to do the sequel if his role is more family-friendly, hence the "No killing" rule written for his character.
  • The original script did not call for the top of the truck to be ripped off during the chase through the storm drain beside/beneath the freeway, but when they arrived on location they found that the cab wouldn't fit under the overpass so director James Cameron decided that the roof was going to have to come off.