Top 50 Terminator 2 Movie Details

While searching the internet for Terminator 2 movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

Judgement Day, the T-1000 gives this silver mannequin a confused look as it's how he looks in his natural form, not yet seen in the movie.
Judgement Day, the T-1000 gives this silver mannequin a confused look as it's how he looks in his natural form, not yet seen in the movie.
The only time that the T-800 and T-1000 actually talk to each other, they are both impersonating other people.
The only time that the T-800 and T-1000 actually talk to each other, they are both impersonating other people.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Terminator 2 details are suitable for kids.

  1. As he walks away from Arnold you can see the T-1000 "pulse" into liquid metal for seemingly no reason - In the deleted scenes, it is made clear the T-1000 is malfunctioning after reassembling itself and is struggling to control its form

  2. The opening scene was shot at a demolished steel plant. The twisted motorcycles, burnt cars and blackened cinders are debris from the Universal Studios fire of 1989, when a disgruntled security guard torched the back lot.

  3. The iconic twirling of the shotgun was achieved using a heavily modified prop gun. Originally, Arnold Schwarzenegger attempted the trick without the modification by mistake, reportedly leading him to nearly break his fingers.

  4. The protagonists make a stop at a "Cactus Jack's Market". Cactus Jack (1979) was one of the first movie roles of Arnold Schwarzenegger, alongside Kirk Douglas.

  5. -- The machine Dyson is building is reminiscent of the "Connection Machine", worked on by renowned physicist Richard Feynman, which also aimed to produce AI

  6. Arnold Schwarzenegger received $15 million for delivering a total of 700 words of dialogue. That works out to $85,716 for saying, "Hasta la vista, baby."

  7. Arnold's lever-action shotgun had to be specially modified for his iconic "flip-cock". He nearly broke his fingers when he tried flipping an unmodified version.

  8. It is hard to make out, but in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), the object that the dying Miles Dyson holds over the detonator at Cyberdyne is a piece from a giant model of his future microchip. He is thus using something that could destroy mankind in order to save it.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - : The petrol station that Sarah, John and the T-800 hide out in is a Benthic Petroleum station, the company from The Abyss.
    : The petrol station that Sarah, John and the T-800 hide out in is a Benthic Petroleum station, the company from The Abyss.
  • 1 - In the scene where John Connor first sees the T-800, when getting the gun out of the box of roses, this is a reference towards Guns 'n' Roses who did "You Could Be Mine" for the movie (can be heard when John leaves his foster parents on his bike).
    In the scene where John Connor first sees the T-800, when getting the gun out of the box of roses, this is a reference towards Guns 'n' Roses who did "You Could Be Mine" for the movie (can be heard when John leaves his foster parents on his bike).
  • 1 - Arnold's Character the Terminator flips a shotgun out of a box of roses to reference Guns N Rose's song in the movie soundtrack.
    Arnold's Character the Terminator flips a shotgun out of a box of roses to reference Guns N Rose's song in the movie soundtrack.
  • When the T800 leaves the bar for the motorcycle, the guy he threw through the window can be seen laying on the hood of the car.

Hidden Details

1 - Before confronting the SWAT Team, the Terminator puts his grenade bandolier behind his back. Because if bullets hit the grenades they'd explode and destroy him.
Before confronting the SWAT Team, the Terminator puts his grenade bandolier behind his back. Because if bullets hit the grenades they'd explode and destroy him.
1 - The FX team studied hours of nuclear test footage, combining practical and CGI effects. Large-scale miniatures, filmed at high-speeds and destroyed with mortars, stood in for close-up shots of L.A. The atomic shockwave was achieved with early Apple software.
The FX team studied hours of nuclear test footage, combining practical and CGI effects. Large-scale miniatures, filmed at high-speeds and destroyed with mortars, stood in for close-up shots of L.A. The atomic shockwave was achieved with early Apple software.
1 - When the biker blows cigar smoke into the T-800's face, the T-800 identifies the smoke as a carcinogen vapor and analyzes its components
When the biker blows cigar smoke into the T-800's face, the T-800 identifies the smoke as a carcinogen vapor and analyzes its components

Astonished guy with camera (who took picture of Arnold thrown through glass window) is the same guy who was knocked out by Terminator after night club scene in "The Terminator" (1984). He was played by William Wisher, who co-wrote scripts for both movies.

1 - During the helicopter-chase, the T-1000 grows a third hand in order to shoot and fly at the same time
During the helicopter-chase, the T-1000 grows a third hand in order to shoot and fly at the same time
1 - The T-800 sets its defense systems to MAX just before delivering the "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle" line.
The T-800 sets its defense systems to MAX just before delivering the "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle" line.
1 - Sarah Connor wears Kyle's Trench Coat when they go to destroy Cyberdyne Systems.
Sarah Connor wears Kyle's Trench Coat when they go to destroy Cyberdyne Systems.
1 - During the helicopter chase scene, the T-1000 creates a third hand to control the helicopter while he reloads with his other two.
During the helicopter chase scene, the T-1000 creates a third hand to control the helicopter while he reloads with his other two.

The T-800 rides the motorcycle at night without the headlights on. Terminators are built with advanced vision processing and don't require any light to see.

1 - There is a clear shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double during the first chase between the T-1000 and T-800.
There is a clear shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double during the first chase between the T-1000 and T-800.
1 - The T-1000 initially searches for John Connor at his foster parent's home. When visited by the T-1000, the family dog is barking madly. It's later revealed that dogs can detect terminators.
The T-1000 initially searches for John Connor at his foster parent's home. When visited by the T-1000, the family dog is barking madly. It's later revealed that dogs can detect terminators.
1 - The four burning spring rocker rides in the nuked playground represent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the Book of Revelation (Source: James Cameron, T2 director's audio commentary)
The four burning spring rocker rides in the nuked playground represent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the Book of Revelation (Source: James Cameron, T2 director's audio commentary)
1 - Sarah Connor wears Kyle Reese's trenchcoat.
Sarah Connor wears Kyle Reese's trenchcoat.
1 - The T-1000 has more than two arms when flying the helicopter
The T-1000 has more than two arms when flying the helicopter
1 - When Miles Dyson is being sniped by Sarah Connor, his shot-up monitor along with "BIT HAPPENS" gets a moment of screen time.
When Miles Dyson is being sniped by Sarah Connor, his shot-up monitor along with "BIT HAPPENS" gets a moment of screen time.

When the Nuclear bomb goes off and we see a young Sarah Connor playing with John, its actually Linda Hamiltons twin sister playing Sarah in the playground, Leslie Hamilton Gearren, who also is seen in a couple other scenes as well.

Judgement Day, the guy that Arnie tosses through the bar window is still visible on the hood of the car where he landed.

When the T-1000 is interrogating John's foster parents, the dog (Max) can be heard barking a common reaction dogs have to terminators.

When the Terminators fight there is no dialog track. Typically in movie sound, you have to cover combat with "fight vocals" but since the Terminators don't exert themselves they stay completely silent

1 - The lavender-pink glow of the plasma weapons from the future war scenes is shown illuminating the salvaged T1 parts in the Cyberdyne vault
The lavender-pink glow of the plasma weapons from the future war scenes is shown illuminating the salvaged T1 parts in the Cyberdyne vault
1 - Has two scenes involving real-life twin siblings: the scene where the T-1000 kills the security guard, and the scene where Sarah Connor is seen in a reflection in the mirror while accessing the Terminator's CPU. Linda's sister Leslie plays Sarah Connor's reflectiom
Has two scenes involving real-life twin siblings: the scene where the T-1000 kills the security guard, and the scene where Sarah Connor is seen in a reflection in the mirror while accessing the Terminator's CPU. Linda's sister Leslie plays Sarah Connor's reflectiom
1 - John Connor is seen throughout the movie wearing a shirt that refers to the rap group "Public Enemy", it also refers to his status as public enemy number one for Skynet, along with he, Sarah Connor (his mother), and the T-800 being wanted by law enforcement.
John Connor is seen throughout the movie wearing a shirt that refers to the rap group "Public Enemy", it also refers to his status as public enemy number one for Skynet, along with he, Sarah Connor (his mother), and the T-800 being wanted by law enforcement.

There are several callbacks to T1 including this Galleria employee who gets in the line of fire, getting him and his Pepsi can shot (a reference to the cop and his mug which both get shot in the police station scene)

When the T-1000 "burns" in the truck after the chase, he leaves the truck in his default form. This is a foreshadow for his his weak point, e.g. extreme temperatures, because he lost his disguise for a short moment.

The blade that the T-1000 uses to kill John's foster father matches the blade it was using to cut vegetables

1 - The T-1000 is sent back in time. This doesn't make sense, since the original movie states that only living tissue can go through the time machine, yet this model is pure liquid metal.
The T-1000 is sent back in time. This doesn't make sense, since the original movie states that only living tissue can go through the time machine, yet this model is pure liquid metal.
1 - The guys who answer John Connor's call for help are seen arriving to get a snack at the same time as him and the terminator. Maybe a decision from Cameron to give the world a sense of routine and life. A less detail oriented director would easily just set the two as by-passers
The guys who answer John Connor's call for help are seen arriving to get a snack at the same time as him and the terminator. Maybe a decision from Cameron to give the world a sense of routine and life. A less detail oriented director would easily just set the two as by-passers
1 - Both Linda Hamilton's & Don Stanton's twins were used in scenes where the T1000 mimicked their characters.
Both Linda Hamilton's & Don Stanton's twins were used in scenes where the T1000 mimicked their characters.
1 - Because of the absence of a central physical core, each molecule of the mimetic polyalloy that is the T-1000 in Terminator 2(1991) serves as part of a whole (muscle memory). This is why any impact causing reverberating shock waves throughout its physical structure is able to temporarily disable it.
Because of the absence of a central physical core, each molecule of the mimetic polyalloy that is the T-1000 in Terminator 2(1991) serves as part of a whole (muscle memory). This is why any impact causing reverberating shock waves throughout its physical structure is able to temporarily disable it.

The cpu Dyson built looks like the T-1000 cpu, just bigger

1 - The human casualties are listed as 0.0. This is as 0.0 is in the double data type in java, which has 8 bytes of memory compared to int's 4, making the terminator appear more deadly and better fit the role as a human-slaying machine.
The human casualties are listed as 0.0. This is as 0.0 is in the double data type in java, which has 8 bytes of memory compared to int's 4, making the terminator appear more deadly and better fit the role as a human-slaying machine.
1 - T-1000 using 4 arms during the helicopter chase scene (two to pilot the helicopter and two to shoot and reload his gun).
T-1000 using 4 arms during the helicopter chase scene (two to pilot the helicopter and two to shoot and reload his gun).
1 - The T-1000 has 4 arms, so he can fly the helicopter and shoot simultaneously
The T-1000 has 4 arms, so he can fly the helicopter and shoot simultaneously
1 - We're not told who the bad terminator is until the mall scene where both terminators draw guns at John but the T-800 says "get down"
We're not told who the bad terminator is until the mall scene where both terminators draw guns at John but the T-800 says "get down"

John Conner Stunt Double looks more like Ray Romano

Terminator 2 poster
Terminator 2 poster

Terminator 2 Plot: A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Terminator 2, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Terminator 2 and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Director James Cameron
Main Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
IMDB score 8.5