10 best quotes from Terminator movies

I'll be back', 'hasta la vista, baby' 'he'll live' and more great quotes from Terminator films

10 best quotes from Terminator movies

Are the machines taking over? We will have to find out, as there’s another Terminator film at cinemas from mid-July, with yet another reinvention of the brand. All four previous films had the same premise: John Connor was the good guy; he was the chap that had to be born and survive for the earth to stand any chance after Judgment Day. Terminator Genisys, however, turns this on its head, with John Connor captured and sent back in time to kill his own mother. To mark its release, here’s our top ten Terminator quotes.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
‘Hasta la vista, baby’
Aside from iconic filmography, ‘Hasta la vista baby’ is forever a term that will be synonymous with the Terminator brand. He learns from a young John Connor the street lingo to get by and uses it later in the film to great effect. With the T-1000, Arnie’s nemesis in this film (played by Robert Patrick), seemingly indestructible, it is only when he walks into liquid nitrogen that he nearly comes undone. Arnie gets up from the floor, says the line and shoots the T-1000, shattering him into thousands of pieces.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
‘I don’t know how much longer I can hold this…’
Dr Miles Bennett Dyson is the inventor of Skynet, not that he knows it at this time in the film, and Sarah Connor goes to kill him in an attempt to stop Judgment Day. In the end, she couldn’t kill an innocent man and once Dyson knew what he was about to create, he vowed 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 is an epic explosion.

Terminator 3: Rise of the machines
‘I like this car’
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 is 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 is okay, she simply responds, voluptuously, ‘I like this car.’ The next scene is, unsurprisingly, her driving the car, in the women’s clothes.

‘Come with me if you want to live…’
Used on many occasions, the first time it was uttered was in the original Terminator by Kyle Reese.
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 shot gun five times, on two occasions, for them to escape.

This turns on its head in Terminator 2: Judgement 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 staying as a mental 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, a young Reese utters the same line to Sam Worthington’s character Sam Wright as he battles the machines.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
‘I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle’
A word to the wise. When Arnie says, ‘I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle,’ give them to him. Going naked to a biker bar, he catches the attention of the ladies, but also of the biker clan. The biker who he demands the clothes, boots and bike off puts his cigar out on Arnie’s perfect chest. 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.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
‘Unlikely. I’m an obsolete design. T-X is faster, more powerful and more intelligent. It’s a far more effective killing machine’
It’s worrying when there’s something far worse trying to kill you than the machine in place trying to protect you. And it is Arnie’s matter-of-fact way of saying it how it is that adds a comedic touch to this scene when John Connor asks if there’s a way that he can destroy the T-X.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
‘You are terminated’
Always a line you’d like to use when finally defeating the ‘faster, more powerful and more intelligent’ version of yourself, Arnie takes great pleasure in finishing off the T-X in Terminator 3. One thing that has not been terminated, however, is the Terminator franchise.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
‘He’ll live’
There’s an element of incredibly dark humour involved in this line. With the Terminator programmed to protect John Connor at any cost and do as he commands, John asks him to promise not to kill anyone. The Terminator complies, then proceeds to get past the security guard by shooting him twice in the leg, opening the gate and exclaiming: ‘He’ll live!’

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
‘Your foster parents are dead’
So what is wrong with Wolfie? The Terminator, mimicking John Connor’s voice, asks how the dog, ‘Wolfie’ is. Only thing is the name of the dog is actually Max, so the Terminator knows it is the T-1000 impersonating John Connor’s foster mother.

‘I’ll be back’
It is in the first Terminator film that this line is the most memorable. The Terminator goes to the police station as a ‘friend’ of Sarah Connor, and is told to 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 him and Sarah and John Connor, in Terminator 3 when Arnie shoots the T-X and she falls down the shaft of the lift, with him uttering, ‘She’ll be back.’ And, finally, in Terminator Salvation, when John Connor, aka Christian Bale, utters the line.
Terminator Genisys is out later this month across the GCC.

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