Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1991 film by James Cameron

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, also known as T2, is a 1991 film about a shape-shifting cyborg who is sent back from the future to assassinate John Connor before he can grow up to lead the resistance, while a protector cyborg is also sent. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator.

Directed by James Cameron. Written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr..
Ten years ago, the machines who rule the future sent an unstoppable Terminator to assassinate the yet unborn John Connor. They failed. In 1991, the machines will try again.(taglines)

Sarah Connor edit

  • Three billion human lives ended on August 29, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the Machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human Resistance, John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me, in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was sent to strike at John himself, when he was still a child. As before, the Resistance was able to send a lone warrior, a protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first.
  • Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop. It would never leave him. It would never hurt him, never shout at him, or get drunk and hit him, or say it was too busy to spend time with him. It would always be there. And it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine was the only one that measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.
  • [epilogue] The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope, because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.
  • [alternate epilogue] August 29, 1997, came and went. Nothing much happened. Michael Jackson turned 40. There was no Judgment Day. People went to work as they always do. Laughed, complained, watched TV, made love. I wanted to run to through the street yelling to grab them all and say, "Every day from this day on is a gift. Use it well." Instead, I got drunk. That was 30 years ago. But the dark future which never came still exists for me. And it always will, like the traces of a dream. John fights the war differently than it was foretold. Here, on the battlefield of the Senate, his weapons were common sense and hope. The luxury of hope was given me by the Terminator. Because if a machine can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.

Dialogue edit

John: Now don't take this the wrong way, but you are a Terminator, right?
Terminator: Yes. Cyberdyne Systems Model 101.
John: [pokes at one of Terminator's bullet wounds] Holy shit! You're really real! I mean, you're like a machine underneath, right? But sort of alive outside?
Terminator: I'm a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.
John: This is intense. Get a grip, John. Okay, um, you're not here to kill me. I figured that part out for myself. So what's the deal?
Terminator: My mission is to protect you.
John: Yeah? Who sent you?
Terminator: You did. Thirty-five years from now, you reprogrammed me to be your protector here, in this time.
John: Oh, this is deep.

[John and the Terminator arrive at Pescadero State Hospital but a security guard is at the gate]
Terminator: Why do we stop now?
John: Now, you gotta promise me you're not gonna kill anyone, right?
Terminator: Right.
John: Swear?
Terminator: What?
John: Just put up your hand and say, 'I swear I won't kill anyone.'
Terminator: [raises hand] I swear I will not kill anyone.
John: Alright, let's go.
[they arrive at the gate where the guard stops them]
Guard: Visiting hours is ten to four Monday through Friday.
[Terminator stands up, pulls out his gun and shoots the guard's knees, and guard screams in pain]
John: What the hell are you doing?!?
Guard: You son of a bitch, you shot me, you crazy bastard! Don't shoot me again, don't kill me!
[Terminator breaks glass, opens the gate, grabs gun clips then goes back to the bike with John]
Terminator: He'll live.

[Describing the rise of Skynet]
Terminator: The man most directly responsible is Miles Bennett Dyson.
Sarah Connor: Who is that?
Terminator: He's the director of special projects at Cyberdyne Systems Corporation.
Sarah: Why him?
Terminator: In a few months, he creates a revolutionary type of microprocessor.
Sarah: Go on. Then what?
Terminator: In three years, Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online on August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 AM, Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Sarah: Skynet fights back.
Terminator: Yes. It launches its missiles against the targets in Russia.
John Connor: Why attack Russia? Aren't they our friends now?
Terminator: Because Skynet knows that the Russian counterattack will eliminate its enemies over here.
Sarah: Jesus. How much do you know about Dyson?
Terminator: I have detailed files.
Sarah: I want to know everything. What he looks like, where he lives, everything.

John: I wish I could have met my real dad.
Terminator: You will.
John: Yeah, I guess. When I'm like, 45. They sent him back through time to 1984. Man. He hadn't even been born yet. It messes with your head. Mom and him were only together for, like, one night, but she still loves him, I guess. I see her crying sometimes. She denies it totally of course, like she got something stuck in her eye.
Terminator: [pause] Why do you cry?
John: You mean people?
Terminator: Yes.
John: I don't know. We just cry. You know. When it hurts.
Terminator: Pain causes it?
John: Uh-unh, no, it's different... It's when there's nothing wrong with you but you hurt anyways. You get it?
Terminator: No.

[John and the Terminator have stopped Sarah killing Miles Dyson]
Sarah: [voiceover] Dyson listened while the Terminator laid it all down. Skynet, Judgment Day, the history of things to come. It's not every day that you find out you're responsible for three billion deaths. He took it pretty well.
Miles Dyson: [after the Terminator completes his story] I feel like I'm gonna throw up. You're judging me on things I haven't even done yet. How were we supposed to know?
Sarah: Yeah. Right. How were you supposed to know? Fucking men like you built the hydrogen bomb. Men like you thought it up. You think you're so creative. You don't know what it's like to really create something, to create a life, feel it growing inside you. All you know how to create is death and destruction -
John: Mom! We need to be a little more constructive here, OK? We still have to stop this from happening, don't we?
Tarissa Dyson: But I thought... Aren't we changing things, I mean right now, changing the way it goes?
Dyson: That's right. There's no way I'm gonna finish the new processor, not now. Forget it. I'm out of it. I'll quit Cyberdyne tomorrow.
Sarah: That's not good enough.
Terminator: No one must follow your work.
Dyson: All right then, [thinks] We have to destroy all the stuff at the lab; the files, the disk drives, everything, everything here. Everything. I don't care. [Realizes something] The chip. Do you know about the chip?
Sarah: What chip?
Dyson: They keep it in the vault at Cyberdyne. It must be from the other one, like you.
Terminator: The CPU from the first Terminator.
Sarah: Son of a bitch, I knew it!
Dyson: They told us not to ask where they got it.
Sarah: Those lying motherfuckers!
Dyson: It was scary stuff, but radically advanced. I mean, it was smashed, it didn't work, but...it gave us ideas, took us in new directions. I mean, things we would have never...All my work was based on it.
Terminator: It must be destroyed.

[The LAPD have descended on the Cyberdyne Systems complex]
Terminator: I'll take care of the police.
John: Hey wait! You swore.
Terminator: [grins] Trust me. [uses a minigun on the police force, destroying vehicles and scaring off the police without causing a single casualty]

[After the T-1000 falls into the molten steel vat]
John: Is it dead?
Terminator: Terminated.
John: [brings out the robot arm] Will this melt in there?
Terminator: Yes. Throw it in.
John: Adios. [throws the arm into the molten steel vat]
Terminator: And the chip. [John throws chip into the molten steel vat]
Sarah: [relieved] It's over.
Terminator: No. There is one more chip. [points to his head] And it must be destroyed also. [hands Sarah the controller for the winch] Here. I cannot self-terminate. You must lower me into the steel.
John: No. No!
Terminator: I'm sorry, John. I'm sorry.
John: No! It'll be okay! Stay with us! It'll be okay!
Terminator: I have to go away.
John: No! Don't do it, please! Don't go!
Terminator: I must go away, John.
John: No! No, wait! Wait, you don't have to do this!
Terminator: [gets chain] I'm sorry.
John: No, don't do it! Don't go!
Terminator: It has to end here.
John: I order you not to go. I order you not to go! [breaks down] I order you not to!!!
Terminator: I know now why you cry, [touches John's face with finger] but it's something I can never do. [hugs John, turns to face Sarah, who shakes his hand; the Terminator then grabs the steel and holds onto it] Goodbye. [lowered by Sarah into vat, but flashes John and Sarah a thumbs-up before he completely disappears]

Taglines edit

  • Ten years ago, the machines who rule the future sent an unstoppable Terminator to assassinate the yet unborn John Connor. They failed. In 1991, the machines will try again.
  • The future is not set.
  • It's nothing personal.
  • He said he'd be back.
  • This time there are two.
  • Same Make. Same Model. New Mission.
  • [from trailer] Once he was programmed to destroy the future. Now his mission is to protect it.
  • [from trailer] His loyalty is to a child, and his enemy is the deadliest machine ever built.

Cast edit

About Terminator 2: Judgment Day edit

  • On T2, I wondered if I could get the audience to an emotional place where they would cry for the Terminator. That was my goal: Could I take world's coldest motherfucker and turn you around in a two-hour time period to where you actually felt sorry for him? Forget about all the hoo-ha with the liquid metal guy: that was fun, but getting the audience to cry for the Terminator was the big cinematic challenge. That's the reason I made the movie.

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