Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Carolco Pictures/Pacific Western Productions/Lightstorm Entertainment & Le Studio Canal+ S.A. Released 1991




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Movie Summary

James Cameron

The killing machine from the future known as the Terminator is back, but this time he has been reprogrammed to keep Sarah Connor and young savior of humanity John Connor safe from the upgraded Terminator; the T1000, that is after them. It has been ten years since the first attack, and Sarah Connor has been institutionalized for trying to tell the world of the impending judgment day. Her son John Connor is a troubled youth in foster care. The Terminator saves John from the T-1000 and frees Sarah from her asylum. The three forge a plan to blow up Skynet, kill it's creator Miles Dyson, destroy the T-1000 and stop Judgment Day from happening.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The key element in any action picture, I think, is a good villain. Terminator 2 has one, along with an intriguing hero and fierce heroine, and a young boy who is played by Furlong ...

  • 80


    As with "Aliens," director James Cameron has again taken a first rate science fiction film and crafted a sequel that's in some ways more impressive - expanding on the original rath...

  • 30

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    This tirelessly violent, ultimately exhausting film has the utter sincerity of all good science fiction, and a lot more flair than most, but it suffers from a certain confusion of ...

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    • Production Budget - $102,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $204,843,345 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $519,843,345 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $397,036,032
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,007,582,350

    • Production Companies:
      Sony Pictures
      Lightstorm Entertainment

      TriStar Pictures
      (US distributor)
      Guild Film
      (UK ditributor)

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Makeup
      2. Visual Effects
      3. Sound
      4. Sound Editing

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Editing
      2. Cinematography

    • A 'special edition' of the movie runs about 17 minutes longer.

    • Filming locations include:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Arcadia, California
      San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California
      El Mirage Dry Lake, California, USA
      Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California
      Fremont, California
      Fontana, California
      Sylmar, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Lancaster, California
      Long Beach, California
      Malibu, California
      Northridge, Los Angeles, California
      Reseda, Los Angeles, California
      San Jose, California
      Santa Fe, New Mexico
      Santa Monica, California
      Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California
      Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California
      Wilmington, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. It's nothing personal.
      2. This time there are two.

    • Music:
      You Could Be Mine
      Performed by Guns N' Roses
      Written by Izzy Stradlin and W. Axl Rose
      Bad to the Bone
      Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
      Written by George Thorogood
      Guitars, Cadillacs
      Written and Performed by Dwight Yoakam


More Info About This Movie


fight for survival, alternate history, end of the world, life vs. death, child hero