It's nothing personal.

Sarah Connor is now a single mother to rebellious teen John Connor, during the late nineties. Having been informed by a time-traveling soldier in the first film that John will one day grow up to become humanity's savior from a computer-controlled Armageddon, Sarah has responded by becoming a muscle-bound she-warrior bent on educating John in survival tactics and battle strategies. Her ranting about humankind's future has landed Sarah in an insane asylum and John in the foster care system. The rebellious John has responded to his situation by getting into scrapes with the law. When a new and improved Terminator android called the T-1000 arrives from the future to eliminate John, an older model T-800 is sent to protect the boy. The T-1000, however, has the ability to morph itself into any shape it desires, allowing it chameleon-like powers and near indestructibility. The T-800 saves John's life and helps break Sarah out of the institution. Staying only one step ahead of the dogged T-1000, Sarah leads her son and the T-800 to the headquarters of Cyberdyne Systems, the company that will invent a robotic intelligence that will eventually take over the world. There, they attempt to convince inventor Miles Dyson to help them stop the future from ever occurring by destroying his work. Dyson sacrifices himself in an explosion to save the world, leading to a final showdown between the two Terminators at a steel foundry.

  • 2HR 15MIN ' R
  • Sci-Fi

Cast & Crew

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator

  • Linda Hamilton

    Linda HamiltonSarah Connor

  • Robert Patrick

    Robert PatrickT-1000

  • Edward Furlong

    Edward FurlongJohn Connor

  • Earl Boen

    Earl BoenDr. Peter Silberman

  • James Cameron

    James CameronWriter & Director

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