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Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 (1991)

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Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also promoted as T2) is a 1991 American science fiction action film produced and directed by James Cameron, who co-wrote the script with William Wisher. The Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong as its principal cast. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator, as well as the second installment in the Terminator franchise.

Terminator 2 follows Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and her ten-year-old son John (Furlong) as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator: the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000 (Patrick), sent back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. A second, less advanced Terminator (Schwarzenegger) is also sent back in time to protect John.

While talks of a follow-up to The Terminator arose following its release, its development was stalled due to technical limitations regarding computer-generated imagery, a vital aspect of the film, and legal issues with original producer Hemdale Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film Corporation, who controlled half of the franchise rights. In 1990, Carolco Pictures acquired the rights from Hemdale and production immediately began, with Schwarzenegger, Hamilton, and Cameron returning.

Principal photography began in October 1990 and lasted until March 1991. Its visual effects saw breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. At the time of its release, with a budget of $94–102 million, Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the most expensive film ever made.

Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released in the United States on July 3, 1991 by TriStar Pictures. It was a critical success upon its release, with praise going towards the performances of its cast, the action scenes, and its visual effects. Regarded as superior to the original film and one of the best sequels ever made, the Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film influenced popular culture, especially the use of visual effects in films.

It grossed $520 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film of 1991 and of Schwarzenegger’s career, as well as the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, until The Matrix Reloaded surpassed it in 2003. It received several accolades, including Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.

Other sequels followed, including Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, Terminator Salvation in 2009 and Terminator Genisys in 2015. The 2019 Cameron-produced Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 and disregards all other Terminator works as occurring in alternate timelines. In 2017, Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 was re-released in 3D 4K resolution for AMC and Cineplex theaters, and internationally, debuting at number one in the United Kingdom on its release weekend.


In 1995, John Connor is living in Los Angeles with his foster parents. His mother, Sarah Connor, had been preparing him throughout his childhood for his future role as the human resistance leader against Skynet, the artificial intelligence that will be given control of the United States’ nuclear missiles and initiate a nuclear holocaust on August 29, 1997, known thereafter as “Judgment Day”. However, Sarah was arrested and imprisoned at a mental hospital after attempting to bomb a computer factory. In 2029, Skynet sends a new Terminator, designated as T-1000, back in time to kill John.

The T-1000 is an advanced prototype made out of liquid metal (referred to as “mimetic polyalloy”) that gives it the ability to take on the shape and appearance of almost anything it touches, and to transform its arms into blades and other shapes at will. The T-1000 arrives, kills a policeman, and assumes his identity; he also uses the police computer to track down John. Meanwhile, the future John Connor has sent back a reprogrammed Model 101 Terminator to protect his younger self.

The Terminator and the T-1000 converge on John in a shopping mall, and a chase ensues after which John and the Terminator escape together on a motorcycle. Fearing that the T-1000 will kill Sarah in order to get to him, John orders the Terminator to help free her, after discovering that the Terminator must follow his orders. They encounter Sarah as she is escaping from the hospital, although she is initially reluctant to trust the Model 101.

After the trio escape from the T-1000 in a police car, the Terminator informs John and Sarah about Skynet’s history. Sarah learns that the man most directly responsible for Skynet’s creation is Miles Bennett Dyson, a Cyberdyne Systems engineer working on a revolutionary new microprocessor that will form the basis for Skynet.

Sarah gathers weapons from an old friend and plans to flee with John to Mexico, but after having a nightmare about Judgment Day, she instead sets out to kill Dyson in order to prevent Judgment Day from occurring. Finding him at his home, she wounds him but finds herself unable to kill him in front of his family. John and the Terminator arrive and inform Dyson of the future consequences of his work. They learn that much of his research has been reverse engineered from the damaged CPU and the right arm of the previous Terminator who attacked Sarah back in 1984.

Convincing him that these items and his designs must be destroyed, they break into the Cyberdyne building, retrieve the CPU and the arm, and set explosives to destroy Dyson’s lab. The police arrive and Dyson is fatally shot, but he rigs an improvised dead man’s switch that detonates the explosives when he dies. The T-1000 relentlessly pursues the surviving trio, eventually cornering them in a steel mill.

The T-1000 and Model 101 fight and the more advanced model seriously damages and shuts down the Model 101. However, unbeknownst to the T-1000, the Model 101 brings itself back online using an alternate power source. The T-1000 nearly kills John and Sarah but the Model 101 takes it by surprise and blasts it into a crucible of molten steel with a grenade launcher, dissolving and destroying it. John tosses the arm and CPU of the original Terminator into the vat as well. As Sarah expresses relief that the ordeal is over, the Terminator explains that to ensure that it is not used for reverse engineering it must also be destroyed.

It asks Sarah to assist in lowering it into the vat of molten steel, since it is unable to “self-terminate”. Although John begs and eventually orders the Terminator to reconsider, it makes the decision to disobey him, bids them farewell and hugs a tearful John before it is lowered into the vat, giving a final thumbs-up as it disappears into the vat. John and Sarah drive down a highway and Sarah says in a voice over, “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.”

Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 Cast

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Model 101, also known as a T-800 and credited as “The Terminator”: An android, built as a synthetic organism composed of living tissue over a titanium “hyperalloy” endoskeleton, reprogrammed and sent back in time to protect John Connor. Schwarzenegger was reportedly paid $15 million for the role. Stuntman Matt McColm served as his body double in Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2.
  • Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor: The mother of John, the future leader of the Resistance in the war against Skynet. Hamilton reprised her role from the 1984 film for a salary of $1 million. In preparation for the role, Hamilton underwent an extensive thirteen-week training regimen with personal trainer Anthony Cortes, training for three hours each day, six days a week before filming began. She additionally lost 12 pounds (5.4 kg) on a low-fat diet, conducted throughout the film’s six-month shoot. Actor and former Israeli commando Uzi Gal provided her with training for her action scenes. On her work with Gal, Hamilton stated that she undertook “judo and heavy-duty military training” and “learned to load clips, change mags, check out a room upon entry, verify kills.” Hamilton’s twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren also portrayed Sarah when it was required that there be two of the character in the same shot in Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2.
  • Robert Patrick as T-1000: An advanced shapeshifting prototypical Terminator composed of liquid metal sent back in time to assassinate John. Cameron stated that he “wanted to find someone who would be a good contrast to Arnold. If the 800 series is a kind of human Panzer tank, then the 1000 series had to be a Porsche.”
  • Joe Morton as Miles Dyson: The director of special projects at Cyberdyne, whose research will lead to the formation of Skynet. Dyson has a wife and son.
  • Earl Boen as Dr. Silberman: Sarah’s psychiatrist, Boen reprises his character from the 1984 Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film.[b] Dr. Silberman is trying to convince Sarah that the Terminator is not real, but when he witnesses the T-1000 and T-800 he begins to doubt himself.
  • Edward Furlong as John Connor: The ten-year-old son of Sarah, given survival training from a young age, but taken into foster care after his mother is institutionalized. Furlong was discovered by casting director Mali Finn while visiting the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club. Furlong, who had no acting ambitions at the time, stated, “I fell into [acting], it wasn’t something that I planned”.
    • Michael Edwards as Old John Connor

The cast was rounded out with Jenette Goldstein and Xander Berkeley, who portray John’s foster parents, Janelle and Todd Voight. S. Epatha Merkerson plays Tarissa Dyson, the wife of Miles Dyson. Cástulo Guerra plays Sarah’s friend, Enrique Salceda, who provides her with weapons. Danny Cooksey plays Tim, John’s friend. Michael Biehn returned to the series as Kyle Reese, a soldier from 2029, in a short appearance in Sarah’s dream.”Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2″

Biehn’s scene was not featured in the theatrical release of the Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film, but it was restored in extended versions of the Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film. Hamilton’s then-twenty-month-old son Dalton plays her on-screen son in a dream sequence set in a playground. DeVaughn Nixon plays Danny Dyson, the son of Miles and Tarissa Dyson.


Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 makes extensive use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) to vivify the main two Terminators. The use of such technology was the most ambitious since the 1982 and 1984 science fiction films Tron and The Last Starfighter respectively, and would be integral to the critical success of the Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film. CGI was required particularly for the T-1000, a “mimetic poly-alloy” (liquid metal) structure, since the shapeshifting character can transform into almost anything it touches. Most of the key Terminator effects were provided by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and Pacific Data Images (PDI) for computer graphics and Stan Winston for practical effects.

Creation of the visual effects cost $5 million and took 35 people, including animators, computer scientists, technicians, and artists, ten months to produce, for a total of 25 man-years. This lengthy process yielded a total of only five minutes of CGI running time. Stan Winston’s studio was enlisted to produce articulated puppets and prosthetic effects, which was also responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800.”Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2″

ILM’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Dennis Muren, remarked, “We still have not lost the spirit of amazement when we see … [the visual effects on the T-1000] coming up.” The technical achievements in creating the CGI for the Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film contributed to the visual effects team being awarded the 1992 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

For Sarah’s nuclear nightmare scene, Robert and Dennis Skotak of 4-Ward Production constructed a cityscape of Los Angeles using large-scale miniature buildings and realistic roads and vehicles. The pair, after having studied actual footages of nuclear tests, then simulated the nuclear blast by using air mortars to knock over the cityscape, including the intricately built buildings. “Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2”


The score by Brad Fiedel was commercially released as the Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CD and cassette tape and contains twenty tracks with a runtime of 53 minutes. The score spent six weeks on the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of No. 70. The album was re-issued in 2010 by Silva Screen Records and features a collectible booklet. In the DVD commentary, Fiedel mentions that the recurring metallic sound in the main title was produced by hitting a cast-iron frying pan with a hammer.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No. Title Length
1. “Main Title 1:56
2. “Sarah on the Run” 2:31
3. “Escape from the Hospital 4:34
4. “Desert Suite” 3:25
5. “Sarah’s Dream ( 1:49
6. “Attack on Dyson 4:07
7. “Our Gang Goes to Cyberdyne” 3:11
8. “”Trust Me”” 1:38
9. “John & Dyson into Vault” 0:41
10. “Swat Team Attacks” 3:22
11. “”I’ll Be Back”” 3:58
12. “Helicopter Chase” 2:27
13. “Tanker Chase” 1:42
14. “”Hasta La Vista, Baby 3:02
15. “Into the Steel Mill” 1:25
16. “Cameron’s Inferno” 2:37
17. “Terminator Impaled” 2:05
18. “Terminator Revives” 2:14
19. “T 1000 Terminated” 1:41
20. “”It’s Over” (“Good-bye”)” 4:36
Total length: 53:01

Songs not included within the soundtrack

  • “Guitars, Cadillacs” – performed by Dwight Yoakam
  • “Bad to the Bone” – performed by George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • “You Could Be Mine” – performed by Guns N’ Roses

Cultural references

Robert Patrick makes a cameo appearance in Wayne’s World (1992) as the T-1000 character in a scene where he pulls Wayne’s car over, holds up a photo of John Connor and asks, “Have you seen this boy?”, to which Wayne screams in panic and drives away from him. Patrick also makes a cameo appearance as the T-1000 in Last Action Hero (1993), when he is seen walking by Schwarzenegger as he enters Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. “Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2”

In the same Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film, actor Sylvester Stallone is featured as the Terminator on a Terminator 2 poster instead of Schwarzenegger. In Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), a caricature of Saddam Hussein is frozen, shattered, and reformed in a direct parody of the T-1000 from the final scene of Terminator 2.

The opening credits show four burning horses of a carousel as the allegory of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

The Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film is referenced multiple times in a variety of animated series, such as The Simpsons, including episodes “Homer Loves Flanders” (1994), “Treehouse of Horror VI” (1995), “The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular” (1995), and “Day of the Jackanapes” (2001). The Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 film is also parodied in Family Guy and American Dad!. In the 2014 film The Lego Movie, Wyldstyle says to Emmet, “Come with me if you wanna not die.” A trailer for WWE 2K16 reenacts the bar scene with Schwarzenegger interacting with various wrestlers.

Rockstar Games implemented a gametype based on the motorcycle chase scene into Grand Theft Auto V, under the name “Hasta la Vista”.


Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2: Judgment Day was followed by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009), Terminator Genisys (2015), and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019). The first three were made without Cameron; Schwarzenegger returned for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Genisys, with a digital cameo in Terminator Salvation. Though Terminator Genisys was intended to start a new rebooted trilogy, its disappointing critical and commercial performance determined that Terminator: Dark Fate would serve as an alternate sequel to Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ignoring the events from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines onward.

The film was released on November 1, 2019, with Cameron (this time as producer), Schwarzenegger, and Hamilton returning.

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About Truck Chase Scene Terminator 2 (1991)

Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Directed By James Cameron
Screenplay by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron, William Wisher
Music Brad Fiedel
Release Date July 1, 1991 (Los Angeles) - July 3, 1991 (United States)
Runtime 4:57
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong
Country United States
Language English
Production Company Carolco Pictures, Pacific Western Productions, Lightstorm Entertainment, Le Studio Canal+ S.A.
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Budget $94–102 million
Box office $520.8 million
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
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