We celebrate one of the great action heroes as the latest installment hits our screens
Terminator Genisys is out next week, and where there’s Arnie, there will always be some great one-liners. Patrick Hulbert shares his favourite quotes from the Terminator franchise.
Are the machines taking over? We will have to find out, as there’s another Terminator film on its way to a cinema near you. All four previous films had the same premise: John Connor was the good guy; the chap who had to be born and survive for the Earth to stand any chance of seeing a future. Terminator Genisys, however, turns that on its head, with John Connor captured and sent back in time to kill his own mother. While most of our selection comes from the first two James Cameron written and directed Terminator flicks, we hope that under Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) there will be plenty more clever quips to enjoy.
‘Hasta la vista, baby’ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ‘Hasta la vista, baby,’ will forever be a phrase synonymous with Arnie. He learns the street lingo from a young John Connor (Edward Furlong) and uses it later in the film to great effect. With the T-1000 – Arnie’s nemesis in this film (played by Robert Patrick) – proving unstoppable, Arnie finally gets some respite when the machine walks into liquid nitrogen. Arnie gets up from the floor, says the immortalised line and shoots the T-1000, shattering him into thousands of pieces.
‘I don’t know how much longer I can hold this’ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Dr Miles Bennett Dyson is the inventor of Skynet, not that he knows it at this point in the film, and Sarah Connor goes to kill him in an attempt to re-write the future. In the end, she can’t kill an innocent man and once Dyson knows what he was about to create, he vows to blow up the Cyberdyne building with all the research in it. Unfortunately for him, a SWAT team arrives and shoots him, leaving him with the detonator in hand and the line, ‘I don’t know how much longer I can hold this’. Seconds later, there’s a massive explosion.
‘I like this car’ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) In the original Terminator it was Arnie as the T-800 being transported back in time as the bad guy. In Terminator 2, it was the T-1000. In Terminator 3 it’s Kristanna Loken’s T-X, a female Terminator, who is the baddie. So when she is transported back in time, we all wait to hear her first line. With someone asking if she’s okay, she simply responds, ‘I like this car.’ The next scene is, unsurprisingly, of her driving the car, in the woman’s clothes.
‘Come with me if you want to live’ Numerous Used on many occasions, the first time it was uttered was by Kyle Reese in the original Terminator. With a confused Sarah Connor staring down the barrel of a gun pointed at her by Arnie, Reese manages to shoot him with a double-barrelled shotgun five times, on two occasions, for them to escape. This turns on its head in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when Sarah Connor sees the Terminator and assumes he wants to eliminate her. She runs from him, gets stopped by the hospital staff where she is residing as a disturbed patient, and assumes her days are numbered. Perplexed to see the Terminator with her son, John Connor, it is the Terminator’s turn to utter the famous line. In Terminator Salvation (2009), a young Reese utters the same line to Sam Worthington’s character, Sam Wright, as he battles the machines.
‘I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle’ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) A word to the wise. When Arnie says, ‘I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle,’ you had better give them to him. Showing up clothesless to a biker bar, he catches the attention of those in it, but also one of the biker clan, who he demands the clothes, boots and bike from. He puts his cigar out on Arnie’s perfect chest, and seconds later, Arnie breaks his arm, chucks him onto a hot stove, throws his pal out of a window, breaks another man’s arm and then takes the original man’s clothes, boots and bike… Naturally.
‘I’ll be back’ Numerous Used at every opportunity, it is in the first Terminator film that this line is used first, and most memorably. The Terminator goes to the police station as a ‘friend’ of Sarah Connor and is told he cannot see her and that he must instead wait on the bench. He utters the famous line and leaves the station. Seconds pass and then he drives his car straight through the doors and proceeds to pretty much take out every policeman with his gun. Once again, Kyle Reese comes to the rescue. Other ‘I’ll be backs’ include in Terminator 2 when canisters of gas are thrown at Arnie, Sarah and John Connor, in Terminator 3 when Arnie shoots the T-X and she falls down the shaft of a lift, with him uttering, ‘She’ll be back,’ and, finally, in Terminator Salvation, when John Connor (Christian Bale), utters the line. Sheer movie gold. Terminator Genisys is out in cinemas across Dubai on Thursday July 16.