Terminator: FAQ

General FAQ's

What abbreviations should I be familiar with? The following acronyms or abbreviations are used extensively when referring to the Terminator franchise:

Blu-ray: Blu-ray is a Sony-supported format, and holds 25GB in single layer form, but with two layers and double-sided recording, could hold 100GB. Such capacities mean high-definition movies could be stored. This format cannot be played on regular DVD players.
DVD: Short for Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc, is a type of CD-ROM
hat holds a minimum of 4.7GB (gigabytes), enough for a full-length movie. DVD disks have replaced CD-ROMs, as well as VHS video cassettes and laser discs.
JC: James Cameron
ILM: Industrial LIght and Magic
SE: Special Edition (T2 boxed set)
T1: The Terminator (movie)
T2: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (movie)
T3: Terminator: Rise of the Machines (movie)
T4: Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (movie)
T2: 3-D: Terminator 2: 3-D attraction at Universal Studios Florida
T-1000: the "liquid metal" Terminator in T2
T-1001: Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) in the TV series TSCCt
T-800/850 or Terminator: Arnold's character (look for the context to define the movie/Terminator to which this refers); see section 4.20 for more.
TOK-716: The initial Terminator model given to Cameron Phillips on the TV show TSCC. It has never been referred to since. Cameron's T-model is an unknown.
: the female Teminator in T3 played by Kristanna Loken
VG: Video Game
VHS: Video Home System. Name given to 1/2" tape format domestic video recorder.
What is one major similarity between JC's movies? Many of JC's movies start with the letter "T" or "A". Examples include the three Terminator movies, "Titanic", "True Lies", "Aliens", "The Abyss", and "Avatar."
What is an "easter egg"? A special feature in a DVD video program which does not play in sequence with the main program and whose title or method of access is often obscurely located (quite hidden). Often the reference to it in an on-screen menu is a small icon that is selected using arrow keys on a remote control and which may be circular or oval shaped.

Movies FAQ

The Terminator (1984)

Which three actresses were in the running for the role of "Sarah Connor"? According to Sean French's monograph, ‘The Terminator’, Linda Hamilton beat Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rosanna Arquette were in the running for the role of Sarah.
What scenes were filmed, but never shown in the theatrical release?
  • Wholesome Sarah: a brief alternate introduction to Sarah at work
  • Wrong Sarah: a longer version of the killing of the first Sarah Connor, showing the T- 800 walking away from the house, not reacting at all to the horrified neighbours
  • Lt. Traxler's Arc: a bunch of brief scenes showing Vukovich and Traxler, amongst them the scene with Reese getting the gun
  • Sarah Fights Back: a long scene in which Sarah asks Reese if they can attack the Cyberdyne building, and ensure that the possible future never occurs. Reese declines, and Sarah reacts wildly
  • Making Bombs: while making bombs, Sarah and Reese discuss their life together
  • Tickling Reese: a post-coitus scene showing Sarah tickling Reese
  • The Factory: two removed scenes at the end, showing a technician finding a few parts of the remains of the T-800, and a longer version of the scene in which Sarah is placed in the ambulance, showing us that the factory is, in fact, Cyberdyne Systems
How old was James Cameron when he directed "The Terminator" in 1984? He was 30 years old.
Where is Tech Noir? Tech Noir is located at 7th and Broadway in Los Angeles, California.
Where is the Alamo Gun Shop? 14329 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
Where is the Tiki Motel? 7301 Santa Fe Avenue, Huntington Park, California, USA
Which actor was offered the role of "Kyle Reese" first? Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Who were the actors in the running to play the role of the Terminator? Two actors were seriously considered for the role of "The Terminator": Lance Henrikson and O.J. Simpson.
  • Lance Henriksen was originally considered for the role of The Terminator. Writer/director James Cameron even made early sketches showing The Terminator looking like Henriksen. The original concept was for the character to be able to blend into a crowd.
  • O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.

JC, in a meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger to talk about the role of "Kyle Reese" (see question #6 above), made the decision to cast Arnold as "The Terminator". Of course, Arnold was adamant that he should be the Terminator! JC decided that a Terminator should look like Arnold. So, Lance Henriksen was cast in the role of Det. Vukovich. (JC still was able to create a Terminator that blended in when he cast Robert Patrick for the T-1000 role in the T2 movie).
What type of sunglasses did the Terminator wear? The sunglasses worn by the Terminator were Gargoyles.
Which famous actor turned down the role of "The Terminator"? Mel Gibson.
What weapons were used by the Terminator throughout the movie? An AMT 1911 .45 Long Slide with Laser Pointer (pretty much everywhere) ; an S&W classic type 2.5-inch barrel revolver, caliber .357Mag (during the tunnel chase); an Uzi .9mm Submachine Gun (in the Tech Noir nightclub and the Tiki motel) ; an SPAS-12 Automatic Shotgun (during the police station shootout); an AR-18 Assault Rifle (during the police station shootout and the tunnel chase).
Who is Gale Anne Hurd? She collaborated with JC in writing the script for the movie. She was JC's wife at the time.
What inspired JC to create "The Terminator"? JC admitted that his inspiration for The Terminator movie were two episodes from the 1960's TV sci-fi series The Outer Limits: The Outer Limits: Soldier (#2.1) and The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand (#2.5).
How was it possible that (Future) John Conner was able to send Reese back in time to prevent his mother's death and become his father? While this contradiction has been widely believed to be a plot hole in the story, it is actually indicative of the paradoxical nature of time travel itself. The "Connor Paradox" is best explained via the "Novikov self-consistency principle" of time travel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novikov_self-consistency_principle
What is Sarah Connor's middle initial and what does it stand for? Sarah's middle initial is "J", and it stands for Jeanette .
When was the movie originally intended to end? The relationship between James Cameron and executive producer John Daly deteriorated badly during post-production. According to the article from Hot Dog #10, April 2001, Cameron wanted to end the film as it is right now, but Daly wanted a different ending. In Cameron's words: 'He (Daly) demanded that I remove the last reel of The Terminator. The entire last reel. He said: "When the truck blows up, the film has to end." I said: "No, f*ck you, it's not done yet."' Cameron also had trouble with the studio executives who threatened to shut down the production if he filmed additional future war scenes beyond the script.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Who Produced T2? When was it made and who's in the Cast ?
edward Furlong T2
T2 was directed, co-written and co-produced by James Cameron. It wa released in 1991
The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick.
It picks up around ten years after the events of The Terminator, and follows Sarah Connor, her 10-year-old son John, and a protector from the future (as in the first film), as they try to prevent Judgment Day, a day in the future when machines will begin to exterminate the human race.
Which Terminator comes to kill John Connor ?
T1000 shoot in head
It is called the T-1000 or Liquid Metal Terminator. It can take differents forms and faces. It is played by Robert Patrick.
When John learns that the T-1000 will likely copy Sarah and then kill her, he and the Terminator go to rescue her. Initially, Sarah is terrified by the Terminator, but after seeing it fight off the T-1000, she accepts that they need its help.
Which Terminator protects John Connor?

The Terminator (T-800), played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is reprogrammed by John Connor in the future to protect his younger self from more advanced T-1000 cyborg.

The film follows their attempt to prevent Judgment Day.
Who Dies at the End ?
T1000 Multiple
The T-1000, disguised as Sarah, goes to hunt John. As John is confronted by two Sarahs, the Terminator, who had re-activated itself using an alternate power source, finally destroys the T-1000 by shooting it with a grenade launcher which causes it to deform and lose balance, and ultimately fall into a vat of molten metal which destroys it. After John throws the parts from the first Terminator into the molten metal, the Terminator tells him that he too must be destroyed to prevent his technology from being used to create Skynet. He tells Sarah that he cannot self-terminate, and she must lower him into the steel. John tearfully begs the Terminator not to leave, but the Terminator insists it must be done. As he sinks into the molten steel, he gives a thumbs up. The film ends with Sarah's repetition of the phrase from the first film: "The future is not set."

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Who Produced T3? When was it made and who's in the Cast ?
T3 was directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken.
The film was released in the USA on July 2, 2003.
Why was there another Terminator Film?
After the failure of Skynet to kill Sarah Connor before her son is born, and to kill John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator in a last attempt before Judgment Day to wipe out as many resistance officers as possible, including John and his future wife.
Who's Coming to Kill John again?
The T-X, nicknamed the "Terminatrix", is a fictional gynoid assassin. It is the primary antagonist in the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It was primarily portrayed by Kristanna Loken. The fictional T-X has the ability to assume the appearance of other characters; therefore, several other cast members occaionally portrayed the T-X throughout the film.
Did John Connor Stop SkyNet?
john in T3
John and Kate discover that the base does not house the Skynet core. It is a Cold War era fallout shelter for government VIPs: General Brewster sent his daughter and John there to protect them from the impending nuclear holocaust. There is no Skynet core; Skynet is software running on thousands of computers throughout the world, making Judgment Day unavoidable. Skynet launches nuclear missiles, starting the war against humans. Foreshadowing Connor's future leadership role, when the confused military forces from Montana Civil Defense and amateur radio operators ask for orders, he picks up the radio and takes command.


Terminator 3 earned $150 million domestically and $433 million worldwide on a budget of $200 million. While successful, it failed to match the performance of its predecessor.It earned a 70% positive rating on the film criticRotten Tomatoes.Terminator and Terminator 2Terminator franchise but otherwise played no role in T3, told the BBC he thought the film was "in one word: great." both have 100% ratings.


Josh Friedman, producer of the 2008 Fox Broadcasting television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which takes place after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, stated in an interview that the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines occur in an alternate timeline from that of the TV series. The continuity of the plot of the franchise comes into question immediately in the opening scene of the film, in which John Connor narrates the events that have led to his current situation. During this scene, he indicates that the Terminators failed to kill his mother before he was born, so they tried again when he was only 13. This is a continuity error between T2 and T3, since it is made evident in T2 that John is 10 years old during the events of that film. However T3 director Jonathan Mostow has stated this was a creative decision based on Edward Furlong's actual age at the time of shooting T2. A fourth film, Terminator Salvation, has been announced, and is slated for a summer 2009 release, written by T3 writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not expected to reprise his starring role due to his duties as governor in California.

Terminator Salvation

Television FAQ

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

How are Cameron's eyes different from other Terminators?
Cameron's eyes glow blue. And they do so on command. Her vision is better than the 800/850/888 series, and displays her surroundings in full color.

Technical FAQ

Why wasn't The Terminator (1984) originally filmed in stereo? Although stereophonic sound existed in 1984, The Terminator (1984) was filmed in monophonic. This was because during the production, the budget was too low to allow the filmmakers to get all the effects they wanted and still allow for the film to be shot in stereo. Although a stereo remix was produced later for the Hemdale VHS release, it was not until MGM acquired the rights to the film that a fully recognizable 5.1 stereo soundtrack was created, for the 2001 Special Edition DVD.

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