Director: James Cameron
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
Plot: Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun...
The production saved on effects by recruiting sets of twins. The hospital security guard who (very briefly) comes face to face with his T-1000 duplicate was played by Don and Dan Stanton. Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie, meanwhile, played her Terminator doppelganger, as well as appearing in an elaborate deleted scene in which she played the mirror image of Sarah Connor while she operated on the Arnie-Terminator's skull.
Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear during the elevator shootout because she failed to replace her ear-plugs between takes.
An alternate happy ending of the film showed a future in which Judgment Day never happened and John Connor became a senator, complete with Hamilton in old-lady makeup.
The film's budget was $102 million, the highest ever at the time.
James Cameron says that not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from where LAPD officers beat up Rodney King, but that they were filming the night of the beating.
Cameron told Schwarzenegger over breakfast that he wouldn't be killing anyone in Terminator 2. “But Jim,” Schwarzenegger responded, “I’m the Terminator.” It took some sweet-talking, but Cameron finally convinced Schwarzenegger that he would not be terminating anyone.
The line "hasta la vista, baby" didn't quite work for Spanish audiences. The version released in Spain has the line changed to "Sayonara, baby" to preserve the humor of T-800 using a catchphrase in another language.
Special F/X guru Stan Winston and his crew studied hours of nuclear test footage in order to make Sarah Connor’s “nuclear nightmare” scene as real as possible. In late 1991, members of several U.S. federal nuclear testing labs unofficially declared it “the most accurate depiction of a nuclear blast ever created for a fictional motion picture”.
Pilot Charles A. Tamburro actually flew the helicopter under the overpass in the final chase scene. The camera crew refused to film the shot because of the high risk involved. James Cameron did the filming with the help of the camera car driver.
For the scene where the nude Terminator walks into a biker bar, Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually wearing a pair of purple board shorts.
In the film we learn that Skynet goes live on August 29th 1997, whilst in real life the domain name for Google was registered on September 15th 1997.