Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Director: James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong


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A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron upped the ante with this follow-up by employing a more sweeping storyline and cutting-edge special effects. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor, now a single mother to rebellious teen John Connor (Edward Furlong), during the late… See more details below

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A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron upped the ante with this follow-up by employing a more sweeping storyline and cutting-edge special effects. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor, now a single mother to rebellious teen John Connor (Edward Furlong), during the late nineties. Having been informed by a time-traveling soldier in the first film that John will one day grow up to become humanity's savior from a computer-controlled Armageddon, Sarah has responded by becoming a muscle-bound she-warrior bent on educating John in survival tactics and battle strategies. Her ranting about humankind's future has landed Sarah in an insane asylum and John in the foster care system. The rebellious John has responded to his situation by getting into scrapes with the law. When a new and improved Terminator android called the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) arrives from the future to eliminate John, an older model T-800 (Schwarzenegger) is sent to protect the boy. The T-1000, however, has the ability to morph itself into any shape it desires, allowing it chameleon-like powers and near indestructibility. The T-800 saves John's life and helps break Sarah out of the institution. Staying only one step ahead of the dogged T-1000, Sarah leads her son and the T-800 to the headquarters of Cyberdyne Systems, the company that will invent a robotic intelligence that will eventually take over the world. There, they attempt to convince inventor Miles Dyson (Joe Morton) to help them stop the future from ever occurring by destroying his work. Dyson sacrifices himself in an explosion to save the world, leading to a final showdown between the two Terminators at a steel foundry. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), which won four Oscars in technical categories for its groundbreaking effects, was followed by a short sequel filmed exclusively as an attraction for theme parks, Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time (1996).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - J. D. Merill
James Cameron continued the enormously entertaining saga of the Terminator with this in-your-face blockbuster that garnered four Oscars for its spectacular and revolutionary special effects. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the futuristic killing machine, only this time he has a new mission: to protect ten-year-old John Connor (Edward Furlong) from a faster, stronger Terminator (played to scary perfection by Robert Patrick). Linda Hamilton returns as John's mother, Sarah Connor, delivering one of the stronger female roles this side of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in the Alien series. Cameron supplies much needed humor this time around and makes a breakthrough in movie magic -- supplying the new Terminator with the ability to morph into whatever he touches. The mind-boggling special effects didn't come cheap; this flick's budget doubled that of the first Terminator. But it was worth it: Unlike most sequels, T2 is actually better than the original.
All Movie Guide
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is most notable for being one of the first films to seamlessly combine a large amount of computer graphics -- in this case, the "morphing" technique -- with live action. Director James Cameron's bigger-budgeted sequel to his 1984 hit, Terminator, T2 capitalizes on Arnold Schwarzenegger's increased stardom by changing the persona of his indestructible cyborg character from creature of destruction to lovable protector. After a number of TV parts and supporting film roles, Linda Hamilton comes into her own as a believable action hero, expertly balancing human drama with a rough, taut physicality. Newcomer Edward Furlong is also quite good as her rebellious son. As with many of Cameron's films, however, the visual effects are what make the movie really stand out. Integrated into several lengthy action sequences, the indestructible molten-metal villain (played in human form by Robert Patrick) is audacious and exciting, enough so to avoid becoming stale even on repeat viewings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Audio commentary with director James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher; Audio commentary with 25 cast/crew members; Picture in picture; Storyboard-script mode; Quizzes; Games

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator
Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor
Edward Furlong John Connor
Robert Patrick T-1000
Earl Boen Dr. Silberman
Joe Morton Miles Dyson
S. Epatha Merkerson Tarissa Dyson
Castulo Guerra Enrique Salceda
Jenette Goldstein Janelle Voight
Leslie Hamilton Gaerren Twin Sarah
Jared Lounsberry Kid
DeVaughn Walter Nixon Danny Dyson
Danny Cooksey Tim
Ken Gibbel Douglas
Robert Winley Cigar Biker
Pete Schrum Lloyd
Shane Wilder Trucker
Michael Edwards Old John Connor
Casey Chavez Kid
Ennalls Berl Bryant
Don Lake Mossberg
Richard Vidan Weatherby
Tom McDonald Cop
Jim Palmer Jock
Gerard G. Williams Jock
Gwenda Deacon Night Nurse
Don Stanton Lewis the Guard
Dan Stanton Lewis as T-1000
Colin Patrick Lynch Attendant
Noel Evangelisti Hospital Guard
Nikki Cox Girl
Lisa Brinegar Girl
Dalton Abbott Infant John Connor
Tony Simotes Vault Guard
Diane Rodriguez Jolanda Salceda
Ron Young Pool Cue Biker
Charles Robert Brown Tattoo Biker
Abdul Salaam El Razaac Gibbons
Mike Muscat Moshier
Dean Norris SWAT Team Leader
Charles Tamburro Police Chopper Pilot
J. Rob Jordan Pickup Truck Driver
Denney Pierce Burly Attendant
Mark Christopher Lawrence Burly Attendant
Pat Kouri SWAT Leader
Van Ling Cyberdine Tech
Peter Kent Mr. Schwarzenegger's Stand-In
Xander Berkeley Todd Voight
Terrence Evans Tanker Truck Driver

Technical Credits
James Cameron Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Stephanie Austin Co-producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Jeff Dawn Makeup
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Mali Finn Casting
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Richard A. Harris Editor
Gale Anne Hurd Executive Producer
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Joseph P. Lucky Art Director
Dennis Muren Special Effects
Joseph C. Nemec Production Designer
Dirk Petersmann Production Designer
B.J. Rack Co-producer
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
William Wisher Screenwriter

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