Terminator 2 Judgment Day

You've seen the movie. But how was it put together? Using several internet sources, here is an ever-growing timeline showing the dates and scenes of Principal Photography for Terminator 2 Judgment Day.

1990-01-03 10:00:00

Deal Struck

Carolco buys the rights to the Terminator franchise for $10 million dollars, split 50/50 between troubled Hemdale and Pacific Western.

1990-05-10 17:00:00

First Draft Script Completed

On a Carolco-owned jet bound for Cannes, James Cameron hands Schwarzenegger and Mario Kassar the first draft for T2.

1990-07-18 17:00:00

First Shooting Script Delivered

1990-09-09 17:00:00

65+ Page Script Revision

1990-09-13 17:00:00

5 Script Revision Pages issued

1990-10-01 17:31:07

Script Revision issued

1990-10-08 09:01:36


Rehearsal with Eddie Furlong, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton which, if good, would be shot.

1990-10-09 09:01:36

Day 1. Principal Photography Begins

The first day of shooting on Terminator 2.

1990-10-24 10:00:00

Los Angeles Canal Chase

At the corner of Hayvenhurst & Plummer, a truck crashes through a plaster wall and crashed down into the Flood Canal system of Los Angeles.

1990-10-29 18:15:20

Canal Truck Explosion

The Freightliner tow truck crashes into a central pillar, causing a fuel leak. The battery lead sparks an explosion.

1990-11-05 22:00:00

Cyberdyne External

Arnie annihilates what appears to be every LAPD police car in existence. Later on this location the building is blown up.

1990-11-08 19:25:28

Cyberdyne T-1000 crash

The T-1000 pours through the helicopter window and into the passenger seat. "Get out".

1990-11-15 21:00:00

Terminal Island Freeway

TWO WEEK SHOOT. The SWAT van is pursued by the T-1000 in a helicopter.

1990-11-27 20:12:48

Day 34. Asta La Vista, Baby

Arnie utters those famous words before shattering the T-1000 into pieces.

1990-12-05 21:00:00

Steel Mill Crash

At the steel mill, the vehicle being driven by John also containing Sarah crashes as the Terminator rides the Cryoco nitrogen tanker behind them.

1990-12-06 21:00:00

Steel Mill Tanker Shoot

The "Cryoco" tanker carrying liquid nitrogen crashes at the steel mill and cracks open.

1990-12-07 22:00:00

Day 42. Steel Mill INTERIOR

The T-1000 staggers through the spilled liquid nitrogen.

1990-12-10 21:00:00


The FX plate of the glitching T-1000 and the T-1000 morphing through itself are shot on this day. Shooting takes place in the isles and near the furnaces.

1990-12-11 21:00:00

Steel Mill close-ups

Shots of John and Sarah making their way through the maze of walkways at the Steel Mill.

1990-12-22 09:01:36

Cameron calls Schwarzenegger

A call from Cameron to Schwarzenegger suggested Arnold should cancel all holiday plans (including a Saudi Arabia visit with the President).

1991-01-03 17:00:00

Minor Script Revisions

1991-01-07 18:18:43

Day 64. I Swear I Will Not Kill Anyone

Terminator and John approach Pescadero State Hospital, shoots the guard in the legs, smashes the window and opens the gate.

1991-01-16 13:00:00

Pescadero State Hospital INTERIORS

Kyle Reese appears in Sarah's dream at the hospital.

1991-02-19 20:13:09

Final Script Revisions

1991-03-06 21:00:00


Terminator, Sarah, John and Dyson smash up the Cyberdyne offices. Shot on a stage.

1991-03-28 21:00:00

Principal Photography Ends

The last Principal Shooting day for Terminator 2.

1991-06-28 20:00:00

crew screening

The date for the Crew Screening was changed from Thursday to Friday as the film was still being edited.

1991-07-01 21:00:00

Terminator 2 Premiere

Terminator 2 had its worldwide premiere at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, Los Angeles, on July 1, 1991.

1991-07-03 21:00:00

Domestic Release

The film was progressively distributed to cinemas in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Spain, and at least ten other countries by the year's end.

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