Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 135 mins | Adventure, Science fiction | 1991

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HISTORY


       After The Terminator (1984, see entry), which cost $6.5 million and took in $38.4 million in box-office receipts, became Hemdale Film Corporation’s most successful film to that time, a 31 Jan 1985 DV article reported that Hemdale planned to focus more heavily on production than acquisitions. Hemdale announced plans to produce a sequel to The Terminator , with shooting projected to begin in the fall of 1985. Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of The Terminator , was said to be “committed in principle,” with Gale Ann Hurd slated to produce and James Cameron slated to write. At the time, Cameron was not interested in directing the sequel, according to a Jul 1991 Box article. Sometime later, executive producer Mario Kassar, Carolco Pictures’ chief executive officer, purchased sequel rights to The Terminator , and, when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would play “The Terminator” only if Cameron reprised his role as director, Kassar approached Cameron. A 28 Feb 1990 Var news item announced a deal between Cameron and Carolco Pictures, in which Cameron would serve as writer, director and producer on several feature films, including Terminator 2 .
       According to Var , the budget was expected to be $60 million, with Schwarzenegger receiving a salary between $12 and 15 million. For underlying rights, Carolco paid Hemdale more than $5 million. A 26 Feb 1991 DV article reported that Cameron would be paid around $6 million. Though rumors circulated that the budget of the film eventually exceeded $100 million – which would make it the most costly motion picture made to that time – Carolco denied ... More Less


       After The Terminator (1984, see entry), which cost $6.5 million and took in $38.4 million in box-office receipts, became Hemdale Film Corporation’s most successful film to that time, a 31 Jan 1985 DV article reported that Hemdale planned to focus more heavily on production than acquisitions. Hemdale announced plans to produce a sequel to The Terminator , with shooting projected to begin in the fall of 1985. Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of The Terminator , was said to be “committed in principle,” with Gale Ann Hurd slated to produce and James Cameron slated to write. At the time, Cameron was not interested in directing the sequel, according to a Jul 1991 Box article. Sometime later, executive producer Mario Kassar, Carolco Pictures’ chief executive officer, purchased sequel rights to The Terminator , and, when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would play “The Terminator” only if Cameron reprised his role as director, Kassar approached Cameron. A 28 Feb 1990 Var news item announced a deal between Cameron and Carolco Pictures, in which Cameron would serve as writer, director and producer on several feature films, including Terminator 2 .
       According to Var , the budget was expected to be $60 million, with Schwarzenegger receiving a salary between $12 and 15 million. For underlying rights, Carolco paid Hemdale more than $5 million. A 26 Feb 1991 DV article reported that Cameron would be paid around $6 million. Though rumors circulated that the budget of the film eventually exceeded $100 million – which would make it the most costly motion picture made to that time – Carolco denied the rumors and insisted the company did not disclose the budgets of their films “as a matter of business practice.” In a 31 May 1991 HR news brief, Peter Hoffman, Carolco chief executive officer, confirmed that the film’s budget was nearing $75 million, and expenditures on marketing would potentially raise the final cost to over $100 million.
       Production notes from AMPAS library stated that Terminator 2: Judgement Day was completed one year after Cameron and writer William Wisher finished the first draft of the screenplay in only eight weeks. A rigorous three-month preproduction phase preceded principal photography. Schwarzenegger’s young co-star, Edward Furlong, was cast less than one month prior to the 8 Oct 1990 start date. To prepare for the role of “John,” Furlong was given acting lessons and physical training, and he learned to ride a motorcycle. Actress Linda Hamilton also worked with a physical trainer before reprising her role as Sarah Connor, and Uziel Gal, aka “Uzi Gal,” a former commando for the Israeli armed forces, trained the cast to fight and use military weapons.
       A crew of over 1,000 people was employed, and filming took place entirely in California. Locations included the Terminal Island Freeway in Long Beach; an “abandoned steel mill in Fontana”; an office building in northern California; and Los Angeles “flood-control” channels which served as the backdrop for the film’s “first spectacular stunt sequence” in which the “T-1000” drives a stolen tow truck from an overpass onto a flood channel below. First and second units worked together to film the sequence, which was completed after nearly five weeks of shooting. A 15 Jul 1991 People news brief stated that the former hospital in Lake View Terrace, CA, which served as “The Pescadero State Hospital” in the film, had been vacant since 1989, after Nancy Reagan aimed to convert the building into a drug rehabilitation center but cancelled plans after protests from neighbors.
       According to a 30 Jun 1991 NYT article, Terminator 2: Judgement Day had “the largest stunt budget ever,” at $1 million, and the schedule included “800 stuntman days.” Cameron claimed that no stuntmen had been injured on the three films he had previously directed, and stunt coordinator Gary Davis prioritized safety when orchestrating the stunts. For a particularly challenging sequence in which the T-1000 drives a motorcycle through a window and grabs onto a helicopter, stunt person Bob Brown flew forty-five feet mid-air on a motorcycle before a safety harness pulled him off, and he dropped onto cardboard boxes stacked below. For another sequence in which the Terminator climbs from one vehicle to another as they speed along at sixty miles per hour, Peter Kent, Schwarzenegger’s stunt double, rehearsed thoroughly and executed the stunt in three takes.
       The 26 Feb 1991 DV article speculated that the film's special effects cost $17 million. “150 visual effects shots” were scheduled, as stated in production notes. Stan Winston developed “special make-up effects” and animatronics, while Industrial Light & Magic was responsible for “computer-generated imagery.” 4-Ward Productions and Fantasy II Film Effects collaborated on “miniature effects and opticals.”
       Sets were designed by production designer Joseph Nemec, III, who used footage shot by Cameron with a “thumb-sized” camera which laid out the blocking of scenes inside miniatures. Nemec used the blocking to dictate the spaces he designed.
       Although a 29 Jul 1991 article in Var stated that Terminator 2: Judgement Day was “blazing the trail” for 6-track optical digital soundtracks, it also noted that the CDS (Cinema Digital Sound) process had been introduced the year before with Dick Tracy (1990, see entry). CDS enabled an encoded 6-track optical stereo track to be printed on 35mm film and eliminated the necessity of making 70mm 6-track magnetic striped prints. Although this enabled producers to supply 35mm prints, costing $2,000 instead of 70mm mag prints costing approximately $7,000, the article also noted that the new sound system would cost exhibitors $20,000 per screen to equip their theatres for CDS.
       Critical reception was overwhelmingly positive. On 3 Jul 1991, Janet Maslin wrote in NYT that Cameron "made a swift, exciting special-effects epic that thoroughly justifies its vast expense." Duane Byrge, in a 1 Jul 1991 HR review, stated that the actors "more than hold their own" amidst the "visual/aural onslaught," and added that he would "forgo passing judgment on the special effects contributors...as their accomplishments are simply beyond our level of understanding."
       A 4 Nov 1991 Box report announced that the film had taken in over $200 million in box-office receipts to the time, and was expected to earn an additional $250 million overseas. The home video version was slated to go on sale 11 Dec 1991.
       According to a 30 Jun 1991 LAT news item, actor Michael Biehn, who played a resistance fighter in the first film, reprised his role in the sequel, but the cameo was eventually cut from the final edit; however, Biehn did appear in an early trailer for Terminator 2: Judgement Day .
       To date, two more sequels have followed in the Terminator motion picture franchise: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003, see entry), in which Schwarzenegger reprised his role as “The Terminator”; and Terminator Salvation (2009, see entry), which starred Christian Bale as “John Connor.”
       Terminator 2: Judgement Day won four Academy Awards for Makeup, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Visual Effects. The film was also nominated for the Academy Awards for Cinematography and Film Editing.

       The film begins and ends with voice-over narration by the character, "Sarah Connor," and the narration occurs intermittently throughout the film. In the end credits, producers thank the following organizations and individuals: Advanced Computer Products; Atari Games Corporation; Jon Bell; California Film Commission; California Steel Industries, Inc.; CalTrans – Ray Baghshomali and Marc Duprey; Capt. Mike Lanam and the Fremont Police Department; The City of Fremont, California; Cinetica Giotto Bicycle Provided by Ochsner International; The County of Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation Film Office – Chandra Shah; Edge Innovations; Electrocom Automation, Inc.; Hero Cologne by Prince Matchabelli; The Hewlett-Packard Company; Tom Hudson; The Los Angeles County Flood Control District; Matte World; Midway Manufacturing Company; Miller Brewing Company; Miller Electric Mfg. Co.; James Muro; National Drager; Northgate Computer Systems; Pepsi-Cola Company; C.A. Robinson Company; Sega Enterprises, Inc.; Southern California Prosthetics and Orthotics; Subway Sandwiches & Salads; Williams Electronics Games, Inc.; and, Yorba Systems. End credits also contain the following statements: “Play the hit Nintento game from Acclaim/LJN Entertainment” and “Now read the Bantam book.”


The summary and note for this entry were completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and note were written by participant Jeremy Carr, Visiting Research Fellow with the Arizona State University Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture.
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29 Jul 1991
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A James Cameron film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
Key 2d asst dir
Key 2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod/Pres
Co-prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Aerial dir of photog
"A" cam op
Extra cam op
Cam op, 2d unit
Steadicam® op
Lead asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Film loader
Vista Vision cam tech
Aerial coord
Video asst op
Video asst op
Video asst op, 2d unit
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Elec best boy
Rigging gaffer
Rigging best boy
Elec
Elec
Elec
Elec
Key grip
Key grip, 2d unit
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Rigging grip
Still photog
Cranes and dollies by
Lighting and grip equip supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept asst
Conceptual artist
Storyboard artist
Illustrator
Illustrator, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Art dept coord, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept coord, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept coord, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Art dept, Stan Winston Studio
Artists' asst, Stan Winston Studio
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Supv 1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Negative cutter, ILM
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set dec
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Gen foreman
Stand-by painter
Functional props
Functional props
Functional props
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Set cost
Set cost
Cost, 2d unit
Cost, 2d unit
Specialty cost manufacturing
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Asst mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Post prod sd services provided by
A Division of LucasArts Entertainment Company, Marin County, California
Sd des, Skywalker Sound
Asst sd des, Skywalker Sound
Asst sd des, Skywalker Sound
Asst sd des, Skywalker Sound
Re-rec mixer, Skywalker Sound
Re-rec mixer, Skywalker Sound
Re-rec mixer, Skywalker Sound
Sd supv, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound
Dial ed, Skywalker Sound
Dial ed, Skywalker Sound
Dial ed, Skywalker Sound
Dial ed, Skywalker Sound
Dial ed, Skywalker Sound
ADR ed, Skywalker Sound
ADR ed, Skywalker Sound
ADR ed, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Sd asst, Skywalker Sound
Foley ed, Skywalker Sound
Foley ed, Skywalker Sound
Foley ed, Skywalker Sound
Foley artist, Skywalker Sound
Foley asst, Skywalker Sound
Foley rec, Skywalker Sound
Re-sync ed, Skywalker Sound
VISUAL EFFECTS
Industrial Light & Magic visual eff supv
Spec makeup and Terminator eff prod
Asst to Stan Winston, Stan Winston Studio
Spec eff coord
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Visual eff prod supv
Creative supv/Visual eff coord
Visual eff ed
Asst visual eff ed
Visual eff des
Visual eff lighting consultant
Visual eff asst
Computer graphics images by
A Division of LucasArts Entertainment Company, Marin County, California
Asst visual eff prod supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics shot supv, ILM
Computer graphics software developer, ILM
Computer graphics software developer, ILM
Computer graphics software developer, ILM
Computer graphics software developer, ILM
Computer graphics software developer, ILM
Computer graphics software developer, ILM
Visual eff prod, ILM
Visual eff art dir, ILM
Visual eff ed, ILM
Visual eff asst ed, ILM
Scanning supv, ILM
Scanning coord, ILM
Opt photog supv, ILM
Visual eff coord, ILM
Digital supv, ILM
Scanning op, ILM
Scanning op, ILM
Scanning op, ILM
ILM plate photog
ILM plate photog
ILM plate photog
Scanning software, ILM
ILM eff photog
ILM eff photog
Plate photog coord, ILM
Digital artist, ILM
Digital artist, ILM
Digital artist, ILM
Computer graphics coord, ILM
Computer graphics coord, ILM
Digital transfer op, ILM
Computer graphics tech asst, ILM
Computer graphics tech asst, ILM
Computer graphics tech asst, ILM
Computer graphics dept mgr, ILM
Computer graphics systems support, ILM
Computer graphics systems support, ILM
Digital coord, ILM
Digital coord, ILM
Stage tech, ILM
Stage tech, ILM
Stage tech, ILM
Spec makeup and Terminator eff created at
Mechanical dept coord, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Mechanical dept, Stan Winston Studio
Addl digital compositing
Spec visual eff by
Visual eff supv, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Visual eff prod, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Pyrotechnic supv, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model maker, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model maker, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model maker, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model maker, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model maker, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model maker, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Cam op, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Cam op, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Model and shop supv, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Visual consultant, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt eng, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt eng, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt supv, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Fire shots, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Prod coord, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Prod asst, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Prod asst, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Prod asst, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Prod asst, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Prod asst, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt cam, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt cam, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt cam, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Opt line-up, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Sculptor, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Sculptor, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Sculptor, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Sculptor, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Tesla coil, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Tesla coil, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Spec visual eff seq
Spec visual eff seq, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Spec visual eff seq, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Visual eff supv, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Supv dir of photog, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Dir of photog, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Dir of photog, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Best boy, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Gaffer, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Gaffer, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Eff coord, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Opt eff supv, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Genesis Optical EFX
Opticals, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Prod des, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Ed, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Computer imaging, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Eff lead man, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Matte painter, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Matte painter, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Miniature set and rig supv, 4-Ward Productions, In
Miniature set and rig supv, 4-Ward Productions, In
Miniature set op, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Model builder, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Stage mgr, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Stage asst, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Stage asst, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Stage asst, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Stage asst, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Spec eff supv, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Spec eff tech, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Spec eff tech, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Spec eff tech, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Spec eff tech, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Prod asst, 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
Terminator p.o.v., video and graphic displays by
Terminator p.o.v., video and graphic displays by,
Terminator p.o.v., video and graphic displays by,
Terminator p.o.v., video and graphic displays by,
Terminator p.o.v., video and graphic displays by,
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Crew, Video Image
Main title supv
Main title graphic des
Main title graphics by
Titles and opticals by
Process compositing by
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Pres in assoc with
Casting
Asst casting assoc
Extras casting
San Jose extras casting
Extras set coord
Scr supv
Scr supv, 2d unit
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc asst
Prod accountant
Prod accountant, ILM
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Acting coach
Loc security
Teacher
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Mr. Cameron
Asst to Mr. Kassar
Asst to Ms. Hurd
Asst to Ms. Austin
Asst to Ms. Rack
Asst to Mr. Schwarzenegger
Asst to Mr. Fiedel
Ms. Hamilton's personal trainer
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst, ILM
Tech adv and trainer
DGA trainee
First aid
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt, 2d unit
Picture car capt
Transportation office coord
Coord motor officer
L.A.P.D.
Coord motor officer
L.A.P.D.
Police tech adv
Police tech adv
Police tech adv
Police tech adv
Police tech adv
Police tech adv
Cast security
Weapons master
Weapons specialist
International pub
Electronic press kit
Electronic press kit
Steel mill consultant
Craft service
Catering
Catering, 2d unit
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Post prod asst
Special projects
Exec in charge of post prod, ILM
Exec in charge of prod, ILM
Exec in charge of finance, ILM
Financial services
Completion bond services provided by
Prod insurance provided by
Cyberdyne Systems Corporation building courtesy of
STAND INS
Mr. Schwarzenegger's stand-in
Ms. Hamilton's stand-in
Mr. Furlong's stand-in
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
ANIMATION
Computer graphics anim supv, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Computer graphics anim, ILM
Roto supv, ILM
Rotoscoper, ILM
Rotoscoper, ILM
Rotoscoper, ILM
Rotoscoper, ILM
Go anim, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Ink and paint supv, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Head anim, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
Roto supv, Fantasy II Film Effects Inc.
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the film Terminator written by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd (Hemdale Productions, 1984).
SONGS
"You Could Be Mine," performed by Guns N' Roses, written by Izzy Stradlin and W. Axl Rose, published by Guns N' Roses Music (ASCAP), courtesy of Geffen Records
"Bad to the Bone," performed by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, written by George Thorogood, published by Del Sound Music (BMI), courtesy of EMI Records USA, a Division of Capitol Records, Inc., by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
"Guitars, Cadillacs," written and performed by Dwight Yoakam, published by Coal Dust West Music (BMI), courtesy of Reprise Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1991
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 3 July 1991
New York opening: week of 3 July 1991
Production Date:
9 October 1990--28 March 1991
Filmed on location in Fontana, Fremont, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Jose, California
Copyright Claimant:
Carolco Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 July 1991
Copyright Number:
PA527728
Physical Properties:
Sound
Spectral Recording® Dolby Stereo SR in selected theatres; Cinema Digital Sound at selected theatres
Color
CFI
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Arriflex® camera by Otto Nemenz International; prints by Technicolor® Eastman print film
Duration(in mins):
135
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31159
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sarah Connor explains that a nuclear blast killed more than three billion people in 1997. In present-day 2029, survivors wage war against machines controlled by a computer named Skynet. Sarah recounts that Skynet sent two machines, called Terminators, back in time to destroy the human resistance leader, her son, John Connor. The first Terminator attempted to kill Sarah in 1984, before John was born, but failed. The second Terminator was sent to kill John as a young boy; however, the human resistance sent their own Terminator to protect him. In 1995, in Los Angeles, California, a Terminator, resembling a naked man, is transported to a parking lot outside a bar. The Terminator walks inside and is met with laughter and hostility. After stabbing one of the patrons with his own knife, the Terminator takes another patron’s clothing, a motorcycle, and a shotgun. The same night, a second Terminator, the T-1000, arrives, kills a police officer, and steals his patrol car and uniform. In the morning, John Connor works on his motorbike. Though his foster parents, Todd and Janelle Voight, order John to clean his room, he speeds away with his friend, Tim. At Pescadero State Hospital, a "Criminally Disordered Retention Facility," Sarah Connor exercises in her cell while Dr. Silberman leads a group of medical professionals on a tour of the facility. Approaching Sarah’s cell, Silberman describes her condition as “acute schizoaffective disorder,” saying she believes a machine was sent back in time to kill her while the father of her child, a soldier, was sent back simultaneously to protect her. The T-1000, dressed as a policeman, arrives at the Voight residence to question John's foster parents and obtains ... +


Sarah Connor explains that a nuclear blast killed more than three billion people in 1997. In present-day 2029, survivors wage war against machines controlled by a computer named Skynet. Sarah recounts that Skynet sent two machines, called Terminators, back in time to destroy the human resistance leader, her son, John Connor. The first Terminator attempted to kill Sarah in 1984, before John was born, but failed. The second Terminator was sent to kill John as a young boy; however, the human resistance sent their own Terminator to protect him. In 1995, in Los Angeles, California, a Terminator, resembling a naked man, is transported to a parking lot outside a bar. The Terminator walks inside and is met with laughter and hostility. After stabbing one of the patrons with his own knife, the Terminator takes another patron’s clothing, a motorcycle, and a shotgun. The same night, a second Terminator, the T-1000, arrives, kills a police officer, and steals his patrol car and uniform. In the morning, John Connor works on his motorbike. Though his foster parents, Todd and Janelle Voight, order John to clean his room, he speeds away with his friend, Tim. At Pescadero State Hospital, a "Criminally Disordered Retention Facility," Sarah Connor exercises in her cell while Dr. Silberman leads a group of medical professionals on a tour of the facility. Approaching Sarah’s cell, Silberman describes her condition as “acute schizoaffective disorder,” saying she believes a machine was sent back in time to kill her while the father of her child, a soldier, was sent back simultaneously to protect her. The T-1000, dressed as a policeman, arrives at the Voight residence to question John's foster parents and obtains a picture of the boy. Meanwhile, John hacks into an automated teller machine to steal cash, telling Tim that Sarah taught him the trick. In an office building, Miles Dyson, a leading scientist with Cyberdyne Systems, examines a robotic arm and central processing unit in glass cases; unbeknownst to him, the items are relics of the 1984 Terminator. At an arcade in a shopping mall, John and Tim play games, while the Terminators close in on the boy. The T-1000 appears in the arcade, and John escapes to a hallway where he sees the Terminator brandishing a shotgun. As the Terminator and the T-1000 exchange fire, the Terminator pushes John to safety and shoots the other machine multiple times; however, the T-1000 quickly recovers. John runs to his motorbike and rides away, pursued by the Terminator on a motorcycle and the T-1000 in a stolen tow-truck. Riding onto an overflow channel, the Terminator pulls John onto the motorcycle while shooting at the tow-truck. The T-1000 crashes into an overpass and the truck explodes, allowing the Terminator to ride away with John. Moments later, the T-1000 emerges from the flames unharmed, re-forming into human shape. At the side of the road, John confirms that the Terminator has come to protect him, realizing that his mother’s beliefs about the future were true. He learns that the Terminator’s body is “living tissue over metal endoskeleton” and the T-1000 is a newer prototype, made of liquid metal. That evening, John calls the Voights to warn them about the T-1000, but when Janelle answers the phone, he senses that she seems different. In fact, the T-1000 has killed Janelle and assumed her form, and proceeds to kill Todd while talking on the phone. The Terminator deduces that John is speaking to the T-1000 and hangs up, explaining to the boy that Terminators can imitate any living thing of approximately the same size. At the hospital, police show Sarah pictures of the Terminator in 1984 and at the mall earlier that day, identifying the Terminator as her son’s kidnapper. She says nothing, but steals a paper clip. Realizing that the T-1000 will go after his mother next, John insists that he and the Terminator save Sarah. The Terminator rejects the idea and they argue. John discovers that the machine must obey his orders without question after he screams for the Terminator to let him go and the machine immediately drops him. Hearing the screams, two men in an adjacent parking lot offer to help the boy, but John rudely dismisses them and they insult him in return. When he orders it to take care of them, the Terminator wields a gun but John shoves it away. After the men run to safety, John informs the Terminator that killing people is unacceptable. That night, Sarah uses the paper clip to escape from her room. The T-1000 arrives at the hospital and assumes the identity of a policeman who patrols the building and then kills him. Fighting off nurses and guards, Sarah attacks Silberman and fills a syringe with Liquid Rooter. Moments later, John and the Terminator gain access to the hospital after the Terminator shoots a guard in the knees, careful not to kill him. Plunging the syringe into his neck, Sarah takes Silberman hostage and makes her way through the hospital. A guard grabs the syringe and frees the doctor, and Sarah runs away. At the end of a hallway, the Terminator emerges and Sarah runs in the other direction. Guards subdue her, but the Terminator fights them off and John arrives, assuring his mother that the Terminator will help them. The T-1000 appears and chases Sarah, John, and the Terminator to a parking garage where they steal a police car. Pursuing them on foot, the T-1000 climbs aboard the car, but the Terminator shoots it off. Sarah scolds her son for risking his life to save her. John cries and the Terminator asks what is wrong with his eyes. At a closed auto repair shop, the Terminator stitches a cut for Sarah and she removes the bullets from the Terminator’s back. When John suggests the Terminator behave more like a human, he learns that the machine is in “read-only” mode. To reverse the “read-only” mode, Sarah unscrews a port built into the Terminator’s skull and removes a central processing unit. Though she wants to destroy the computer altogether, John stops her, insisting he needs the Terminator. The next morning, John teaches the Terminator colloquialisms such as “no problemo” and “hasta la vista, baby.” The Terminator informs Sarah that Miles Dyson will soon invent a microprocessor that allows stealth bombers to fly unmanned. Dyson’s employer, Cyberdyne Systems, will use the microprocessor to innovate military technology, resulting in the creation of the machines ultimately controlled by Skynet. The Terminator states that the machines become “self-aware,” and when humans attempt to shut them down, Skynet will bomb Russia in retaliation. Russia will respond by attacking with a nuclear bomb on August 29, 1997. In Mexico, Sarah, John, and the Terminator arrive at a camp and meet Sarah’s militant friend, Enrique Salceda. They obtain an arsenal of weapons, clothes, and a new vehicle. John bonds with the Terminator and talks about his nomadic childhood and the rogue military training to which Sarah subjected him. After a nightmare about the nuclear blast, Sarah awakens, determined to kill Dyson before he invents the microprocessor. She leaves John and the Terminator behind, but they soon follow. Outside Dyson’s home, Sarah shoots through the window and pursues the scientist inside, shooting him in the shoulder; however, when she takes aim at the fallen Dyson, she cannot bring herself to execute him. The Terminator and John arrive, and the Terminator explains to Dyson the catastrophic consequences of his invention. Convinced, Dyson agrees to help them destroy Cyberdyne Systems in order to save humanity. Fully armed, they arrive at Cyberdyne’s offices, subdue the night watchman, and break into the lab. A security guard sounds a silent alarm, and police swarm the building. Dyson and John retrieve the previous Terminator's arm and central processing unit from their glass cases. The group disperses explosives throughout the lab, and Dyson grabs the detonator as they leave. At that moment, police arrive and open fire, hitting Dyson multiple times. Sarah, John and the Terminator escape, but Dyson remains behind. As he dies, he strikes the detonator, causing the lab to explode. John and Sarah take cover in an elevator as the Terminator shoots through the lobby, steals a police van, and crashes into the building to retrieve them. The T-1000 arrives on a police motorcycle and drives up the stairs, spotting his targets from above as they leave in the van. When a helicopter passes, the T-1000 drives out the window, grabs onto the aircraft, and commandeers it. He pursues the van and exchanges gunfire with Sarah, who is shot in the leg. The T-1000 rams the helicopter into the van, and both vehicles crash. Continuing the chase, John, Sarah, and the Terminator hop into a pickup truck, while the T-1000 obtains a large tanker truck filled with liquid nitrogen. John takes the steering wheel as the Terminator climbs aboard the tanker and blasts the T-1000 with bullets. The tanker rolls on its side, and the Terminator jumps off. Sarah and John drive inside a steel mill and crash; nearby, the tanker also skids to a stop. The T-1000 exits and steps into spilled liquid nitrogen which causes it to freeze and break apart. The Terminator opens fire, and the T-1000 shatters into frozen shards. The Terminator and John help Sarah, incapacitated by her bullet wound, move through the mill. Extreme heat liquefies the T-1000's frozen shards, and the machine re-forms. In hand-to-hand combat against the T-1000, the Terminator’s arm is trapped under a gear. While the T-1000 pursues John and Sarah, the Terminator breaks free, leaving an arm behind. Sarah lowers John down a shaft before the T-1000 extends its finger into a sharp point and pierces her shoulder. The Terminator appears and beats the T-1000 with a steel bar. In retaliation, the T-1000 rams the bar through the Terminator’s body, causing the Terminator’s system to shut down. However, shortly after the T-1000 leaves, the Terminator regains power. As the T-1000 approaches John, disguised as Sarah, the real Sarah appears and opens fire. Just as she runs out of ammunition, the Terminator arrives, shooting the T-1000 with a grenade launcher. The T-1000 explodes and falls into a vat of molten metal which destroys the machine. After they dispose of the robotic arm and central processing unit, John becomes upset at the suggestion that the Terminator must now be destroyed. The Terminator expresses a newfound understanding of why people cry. Sarah presses a button to lower the Terminator into the molten metal, and the Terminator signals them with a “thumbs up.”

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