Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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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 kill 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
Spoiler warning: Plot, ending, or solution details follow.

Sarah Connor

  • [Voiceover] 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, a 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.
  • Good morning Doctor Silberman. How's the knee?
  • [On tape] It's like a giant strobe light, burning right through my eyes, but somehow I can still see. Oh, God. Look, you know the dream's the same every night, why do I have to--? The children look like burnt paper, black, not moving. And then, the blast wave hits them and they fly apart like leaves. It's not a dream, you moron. It's real. I know the date it happens! On August 29th, 1997, it's gonna feel pretty fucking real to you, too! Anybody not wearing two million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day, get it?! You think you're safe and alive? You're already dead! Everybody! Him, you, you're dead already! This whole place! Everything you see is gone! You're the one living in a fucking dream, Silberman! Because I know it happens! It happens!!
  • I feel much better now. Clearer.
  • You have to let me see my son. Please. Please.
  • There are 215 bones in the human body. That's one! Now don't move!
  • You're already dead, Silberman. Everybody dies, you know I believe it, so don't fuck with me!
  • [Voiceover] Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop, it would never leave him. And 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 who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.
  • [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 3 billion deaths. He took it pretty well.
  • 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. To feel it growing inside you. All you know how to create is death and destruction.
  • [Voiceover] The future, always so clear to me, had become like a black highway at night. We were in uncharted territory now, making up history as we went along.
  • [Voiceover] 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.

John Connor

  • Please insert your stolen card now.
  • [Explaining how he knows how to steal from the ATM] From my mom. My real mom, I mean.
  • Easy money!
  • [About Sarah] She's a complete psycho. That's why she's up at Pescadero. It's a mental institute, OK? She tried to blow up a computer factory, but she got shot and arrested… She's a total loser.
  • Did you call moi a dip-shit?
  • Look, mom! It I'm ever supposed to be this great military leader, maybe you should start listening to MY leadership ideas once in a while. 'Cause if my own mother won't, how do you expect anyone else to?
  • Are we learning yet?
  • I grew up in places like this, so I just thought that's how people lived - riding around in helicopters, learning how to blow shit up. But then when my mom got busted, I got put into a regular school. And the other kids were into Nintendo.
  • "No fate?" No fate but what we make. My father told her this. I made him memorize it in the future as a message to her… Never mind. The whole thing goes, "The future's not set. There's no fate but what we make for ourselves."
  • Miles Dyson. She's gonna blow him away!


  • Your foster parents are dead.
  • [To Sarah] Come with me if you want to live.
  • Stay here. I'll be back.
  • [To the T-1000] Hasta la vista, baby.
  • [After defeating T-1000] I need a vacation.
  • [Saying goodbye to John and Sarah] I know now why you cry, but it's something I could never do.
  • Get Down.

Dr. Peter Silberman

  • This next patient is interesting. I've been following the case for years. A 29-year old female, diagnosed as acute schizo-affective disorder. The usual indicators - depression, anxiety, violent acting-out, delusions of persecution....The delusional architecture is fairly unique. She believes that a machine called a 'terminator,' which looks human of course, was sent back through time to kill her. And also that the father of her child was a soldier, sent back to protect her - he was from the future too [He chuckles] - the year, uh, 2029, if I remember correctly.
  • [To Sarah] I know how smart you are, and I think you're just telling me what I want to hear. I don't think you really believe what you're telling me today. I think if I put you in minimum security, you'd just try to escape again.
  • [To the camera, after Sarah has just assaulted him during an interview]: Model citizen.


  • Police Detective: Miss Connor. We know you know who this guy is. Look. I just sat here and told you that your son is missing. That the foster parents have been murdered. We know this guy's involved. Doesn't that mean anything to you? Don't you care?
  • Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson: I feel like I'm gonna throw up.
  • Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson: There's no way I'm going to finish the new processor now. Forget it. I'm out of it. I'll quit Cyberdyne tomorrow…We'll have to destroy all the stuff at the lab, the files, the disk drives and everything I have here. Everything.
  • Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson: [About the remote trigger for the barrel explosives] I don't know how much longer I can hold this.


Terminator: I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.
Biker: [Laughs] You forgot to say "please".

Silberman: Morning Sarah.
Sarah: Good morning, Dr. Silberman. How's the knee?
Silberman: Fine, Sarah. She stabbed me in the kneecap with my pen a few weeks ago. Repeated escape attempts.

Silberman: Let's go back to what you were saying about those terminator machines. Now you think they don't exist?
Sarah: They don't exist. I know that now.
Silberman: But you've told me on many occasions about how you crushed one in a hydraulic press.
Sarah: If I had, there would have been some evidence. They would have found something at the factory.
Silberman: I see. So you don't believe anymore that the company covered it up?
Sarah: No. Why would they?

T-1000: Are you the legal guardian of John Connor?
Todd Voight: That's right, Officer. What's he done now?
T-1000: Could I speak with him please?
Janielle Voight: You could if he were here. He just took off on his bike. So, he could be anywhere.
T-1000: Do you have a photograph of John?
Janielle Voight: Yeah, sure, hold on.
Todd Voight: Could you tell me what this is about?
T-1000: Just need to ask him a few questions.
[Janielle gives the photo to T-1000]
T-1000: He's a good looking boy. Do you mind if I keep this picture?
Janielle Voight: No, go on. There was a guy here this morning looking for him, too
Todd Voight: Yeah, a big guy on a bike. Does that got something to do with this?
T-1000: No, I wouldn't worry about him. Thanks for you cooperation.

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. OK, uhm, 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 re-programmed me to be your protector here, in this time.
John: Oh, this is deep...
[Cuts to them riding a motorcycle at night]
John: So this other guy? He's a terminator like you, right?
Terminator: Not like me. A T-1000. Advanced prototype.
John: You mean more advanced than you are?
Terminator: Yes. A mimetic polyalloy.
John: What the hell does that mean?
Terminator: Liquid metal.

[Terminator is riding John out of the city]
John: Listen, I gotta stop by my house. I wanna pick up some stuff.
Terminator: Negative. The T-1000 will definitely try to acquire you there.
John: You sure?
Terminator: I would!

John: You're telling me that this thing can imitate anything it touches?
Terminator: Anything it samples by physical contact.
John: Get real. Like it could disguise itself as a pack of cigarettes?
Terminator: No, only an object of equal size.
John: Well why not just become a bomb or something to get me?
Terminator: It can't form complex machines. Guns and explosives have chemicals, moving parts. It doesn't work that way. But he can form solid metal shapes.
John: Like what?
Terminator: Knives and stabbing weapons.

John: We spent a lot of time in Nicaragua and places like that. For a while there, she was with this crazy ex-Green Beret guy, running guns. Then there were some other guys. She'd shack up with anybody she could learn from so she could teach me how to be this great military leader. Then she gets busted and it's like, "Sorry kid, your mom's a psycho. Didn't you know?" It's like, everything I'd been brought up to believe was all made of bullshit? I hated her for that. But everything she said was true. She knew and nobody believed her. Not even me. Listen, we gotta get her out of there.
Terminator: Negative. The T-1000's highest probability for success now would be to copy Sarah Connor and to wait for you to make contact with her.
John: Great. And what happens to her?
Terminator: Typically, the subject being copied is terminated.
John: Shit! Why didn't you tell me?! We gotta go right now!
Terminator: Negative. It's not a mission priority.

John: You have to do what I say huh?
Terminator: That's one of my mission parameters.
John: Prove it! Stand on one foot. [The Terminator lifts one leg] Yes! Cool. My own Terminator! Wow.

John: Jesus, you were gonna kill that guy!
Terminator: Of course. I'm a Terminator.
John: Listen to me very carefully, OK? You're not a Terminator anymore. All right? You got that? You just can't go around killing people!
Terminator: Why?
John: Whattaya mean, why? Cause you can't!
Terminator: Why?
John: Because you just can't, OK? Trust me on this. Look. I'm gonna go get my mom. And I order you to help me!

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.
[The Terminator shoots the guard in both knees]
Terminator: He'll live.

John Connor: Todd and Janelle are dicks, but I've gotta warn them. Got a quarter?
[the Terminator bashes into the coin bin and hands John a quarter]
T-1000 impersonating Janelle: [answers the phone] Hello?
John Connor: Hey, Janelle, it's me.
T-1000 impersonating Janelle: John? John, it's getting late, I want to have dinner with you, I'm making beef stew.
John Connor: [holds the phone] Something's wrong, she's never this nice.
T-1000 impersonating Janelle: John I'm getting worried about you, where are you?
Todd Voight: [hearing Max barking outside] What the hell is that goddamn dog barking at?
[shouting to Max]
Todd Voight: Hey, shut-up you worthless piece of shit!
John Connor: [to himself] I can hear the dog barking.
Todd Voight: We should tell John to get rid of that Fuckin' mutt.
T-1000 impersonating Janelle: [uses her arm to kill Todd] John, where are you?
The Terminator: [takes the phone from John and impersonates his voice to talk] I'm here Janelle, I'm fine.
T-1000 impersonating Janelle: John, it's late, where are you?
The Terminator: [to John] What's the dog's name?
John Connor: Max.
The Terminator: [impersonating John's voice] Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking.
T-1000 impersonating Janelle: Wolfie's fine, honey, Wolfie's just fine. Where are you?
The Terminator: [hangs up the phone] Your foster parents are dead.

Police Officer: You OK?
T-1000: Fine. Say, that's a nice bike.

[Sarah is treating the Terminator's bullet wounds]
John: Does it hurt when you get shot?
Terminator: My body senses injuries. The data would be called "pain".
Sarah: John, help me with the light. [To Terminator]Will these heal up?
Terminator: Yes.
Sarah: Good. If you can't pass for human, you're not much good to us.
John: How long do you live - I mean, last, or whatever?
Terminator: A hundred and twenty years with my existing power cell.
John: Can you learn stuff that you haven't been programmed with? So you can be, you know, more human, and not such a dork all the time?
Terminator: My CPU is a neural-net processor. A learning computer. But Skynet presets the switch to read-only when we're sent out alone.
Sarah: Doesn't want you to do too much thinking, huh?
Terminator: No.
John: Can we reset the switch?

Sarah: Keep it under sixty-five. We don't want to be pulled over.
Terminator: Affirmative.
John: No, no, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don't say "affirmative" or some shit like that. You say, "No problemo." And if someone comes off to you with an attitude, you say "eat me." If you wanna shine them on, it's "Hasta la vista, baby."
Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
John: Yeah, or "later, dickwad." Or if someone gets upset, you say "chill out." Or you can do combinations.
Terminator: Chill out, dickwad.
John: That's great! See, you're getting it.
Terminator: No problemo.

John: [Watching two little boys playing war with toy guns] We're not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean.
Terminator: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves.
John: Yeah. Major drag, huh?
Mother of Fighting Children: Break it up before I wring both your necks.

Terminator: In a few months, he will create 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 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 their targets in Russia.
John: 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.

John: Are you ever afraid?
Terminator: No.
John: Not even of dying?
Terminator: No.
John: You don't feel any emotion about it, one way or another?
Terminator: No. I have to stay functional until the mission is complete. Then it doesn't matter.
John: I have to stay functional too. [Mocking] I'm too important.

John: I wish I coulda 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: 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.

Terminator: Killing Dyson might actually prevent the war.
John: I don't care. Haven't you learned anything yet? Haven't you figured out why you can't kill people?

John: We got company.
Dyson: Police?
Sarah: How many?
John: All of 'em I think.

Terminator: I'll take care of the police.
John: Hey wait! You swore.
Terminator: [He grins] Trust me.

John: Step on it.
Terminator: This is the vehicle's top speed.
John: I could get out and run faster than this.

Terminator: Go! Run!
John: No, we gotta stick together.
Terminator: John, you've got to go!...Go! NOW!

T-1000: [Piercing Sarah's shoulder with his hand, in the shape of a metal spike] Call to John.
Sarah: No.
T-1000: [Twisting the spike in her shoulder] I know this hurts. Call John. [Extending another spike toward her eye] Call to John now.
Sarah: Fuck you.

John: Is it dead?
Terminator: Terminated.


  • 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.
  • This time there are two
  • Same Make. Same Model. New Mission.


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