“I’ll be back” to take The Terminator Trivia Quiz

Julie Medina

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About This Quiz

A cyborg assassin is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, whose son will one day become a savior against the machines. You’ll be back to take this Terminator trivia quiz.

Who portrays the Terminator?

Arnold Schwarzenegger played the part to perfection. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. O.J. Simpson was considered for the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. In 1990 (before Simpson's first trial) Dark Horse Comics printed issues using his likeness.

When did this story take place?

The cyborg assassin was sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor. The Terminator uses a page from the phone book to methodically kill all women named Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with guns every day for a month to prepare for the role; the first two weeks of filming he practiced weapons stripping and reassembly blindfolded until the motions were automatic, like a machine.

Who played Sarah Connor?

Linda Hamilton portrayed Sarah Connor, an eighteen-year-old teen who is being pursued by a cyborg. As for the other names choices, all were actors in The Terminator. Bess Motta played Ginger Ventura, Sarah's roommate. Shawn Schepps portrayed Nancy, Sarah's co-worker at the diner and Marianne Muellerleile played one of the other women with the name "Sarah Connor" who was shot by the Terminator.

What is the name of the artificial intelligence defense network?

Skynet is an artificial intelligence defense network. With the Resistance on the verge of victory, Skynet sent a Terminator back in time to kill Sarah before John is born, to prevent the formation of the Resistance. To remain in character, Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to avoid Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn as much as possible since the Terminator was trying to kill them, not form connections.

What kind of cyborg is the Terminator?

The Terminator T-800 Model 101 is a fictional autonomous robot from the Terminator franchise portrayed by both Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous actor stand-ins digitally overlayed with Schwarzenegger's likeness. The Terminator itself is part of a series of machines created by Skynet for infiltration-based assassination missions. It is an android except for its appearance that resembles a human. It is described as a cybernetic organism with living tissue over a robotic endo-skeleton.

What is the name of the character who plays a police Lieutenant who questions Sarah?

Ed Traxler was the character who hoped that Kyle and Sarah were crazy. Ed Traxler was portrayed by Paul Winfield, a television, film and stage actor. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in Sounder. He portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1978 television miniseries King, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Winfield was also known to science fiction fans for his roles in The Terminator, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Who is the name of the character who is a Resistance fighter sent to protect Sarah?

Kyle Reese (Sergeant, Tech-Com, DN38416) is a soldier in the human resistance from the post-apocalyptic future of The Terminator. Most of humanity had already been wiped out in a deadly nuclear war on August 29, 1997. This war was sparked off by an artificial intelligence known as Skynet. The sentient computer system launched a genocidal war on the survivors.

There is a criminal psychologist who decides Kyle is crazy. What is this character’s name?

The character’s name is Dr. Peter Silberman, portrayed by Earl Boen. Earl Boen reprised the role in both Terminator 2, and 3, making him the only actor besides Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in the first three Terminator films as the same character.

Where do Sarah and Kyle first meet?

Sarah and Kyle first meet at a nightclub because that is where the Terminator tracks down Sarah. Kyle didn’t know what the cyborg would look like, so he had to stalk Sarah until the Terminator made a move. Kyle and Sarah steal a car and escape with the Terminator pursuing them in a police car.

What does NOT come through the time displacement machine?

Both the Terminator and Kyle come through the time machine without a stitch of clothes. The terminator takes clothes off a punk leader who is hassling him, while Kyle steals clothes from a homeless man. They both also need to find guns. Sarah asks Kyle “What’s it like when you go through time? Kyle Reese: White light. Pain. It's like being born, maybe.

Who says this to Sarah? “That bum. So what if he has a Porsche? He can't treat you like this. It's Friday night, for Christ's sake.” Sarah Connor: [slumping] “I'll live.” “I'll break his kneecaps.”

Sarah’s roommate, Ginger, says this to Sarah. When Sarah Connor receives a message on her answering machine breaking her date, the voice on the machine is James Cameron's, the writer-director. Years later, Hamilton and Cameron got married and subsequently divorced.

Who is Sarah talking to? Sarah: [awakens] “I was dreaming about dogs.” “We used them to spot Terminators.” Sarah: “Your world... it's pretty terrifying.”

Sarah is talking to Kyle. Kyle explains to Sarah that an artificial intelligence defense network, known as Skynet, will become self-aware in the near future and initiate a nuclear holocaust. Sarah's future son John will rally the survivors and lead a resistance movement against Skynet and its army of machines.

Who says this? “I’ll be back.”

The Terminator speaks this memorable line. Although playing the title character, Arnold Schwarzenegger has only 58 spoken words in the film (the Terminator also has more sentences in Sarah Connor's mother voice, but they are said off-screen and it is only discovered that it is the cyborg in the last one).

Who says this? “Cyborgs don't feel pain. I do. Don't do that again.”

Micheal Biehn who plays Kyle Resse gets bitten on the hand by Sarah before he says this line. Micheal Biehn gets bitten in every James Cameron Movie he’s ever appeared in. This includes as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in Aliens (1986) and Lt. Coffey in The Abyss (1989).

Boys must have their toys. What did Kyle Reese carry?

Although he had everything from pipe bombs to pistols, Kyle carried a shotgun for most of the film. The shotgun Kyle Reese uses is also the exact same shotgun used by Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in 'Aliens', played by Michael Biehn.

In what scenes does Sarah get her first clue as to how much danger she is in with the Terminator?

All of the above. Although the Terminator bleeds, no human could actually live through the number of bullets he takes, or crashing through a shop window, or rolling off a car. The part where the Terminator smashes through the windshield was done in one take with a real windshield. A hydraulic ram was utilized to make it appear that it was Schwarzenegger's fist shattering the glass.

Who says this? “In technical terminology, he’s a loon.”

Sarah Connor asks this question to Dr. Silberman after Silberman has interviewed Kyle. She wants to believe Kyle is crazy. Unfortunately, the Terminator proves Dr. Silberman wrong. Arnold Schwarzenegger had his share of shooting at others in the film. Schwarzenegger spent hours at the shooting range, practicing with different weapons without blinking or looking at them when reloading or cocking; he also had to be ambidextrous. He practiced different moves up to 50 times. He wound up garnering a compliment in "Soldier of Fortune" magazine for his realistic handling of the guns on camera (whereas the magazine usually lampoons movies for their inaccurate depictions of weapons use).

Who is Detective Hal Vukovich talking to? “Come on. That was loon talk. The guy's a wacko, right?” [quietly] “He'd better be.”

He is speaking to Lieutenant Ed Traxler about Kyle. Unfortunately, he is proven wrong. The revolver Reese carries after the police station massacre and gives to Sarah at the motel is Lt. Traxler's, taken from him after he is terminated.

Sarah: “What've we got? Moth balls, corn syrup, ammonia. What's for dinner?” What IS Kyle making for dinner?

Sarah checks the grocery bags Kyle has brought back to the hotel. She learns they are making pipe bombs which use plastique, a more stable explosive than nitroglycerine.

What was Detective Hal Vukovich’s rationale as to how the Terminator was able to punch the windshield without feeling anything?

While undecided about her situation and how Kyle plays into it, she asks the police officers how the Terminator could punch through the windshield. According to Detective Hal Vokovich. “He was probably on PCP. Broke every bone in his hand and wouldn't feel it for hours. There was this guy once, you see this scar?” Detective Vokovich was played by Lance Henriksen, an actor and artist best known for his roles in science fiction, action, and horror films such as Bishop in the Alien film franchise, and Frank Black in Fox television series Millennium.

When the Terminator isn’t allowed to see Sarah at the police station, what does he say to the desk sergeant?

He said his famous line, “I’ll be back”. And he did come back, killing everyone in order to find and kill Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous debut line 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back'.

What does Sarah learn how to do in the hotel?

Sarah learns to make explosives which she will in turn teach her son, John Connor. She and Kyle also conceive John Connor in the hotel. Michael Biehn almost didn't get the role of Kyle Reese because in his first audition he spoke in a Southern accent as a result of working on a part for a stage production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (he didn't get the role), and the producers didn't want Reese to seem regionalized. After a talk with Biehn's agent, the producers called Biehn back for another audition and he got the part.

How did Kyle blow up the tanker truck that the Terminator is driving?

The pipe bomb did it. Unfortunately, Sarah thinks they have actually stopped the Terminator with the explosion. But then he rises out of the ashes in his endo-skeleton. The Terminator was one scary-looking guy. One afternoon during a break in filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch and realized all too late that he was still in Terminator makeup - with a missing eye, exposed jawbone and burned flesh.

Which of these lines are from the beginning of the movie?

All of the above. The rest of the opening title card reads: It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight... Though it is now considered a Sci-fi classic, this film was originally conceived and written as a horror movie. If you strip away the robots and time travel plot, it is very similar to a Slasher picture, and borrows many of the genre's tropes. The Terminator is the movie's "Unstoppable Killer," who stalks an innocent woman, killing all of her loved ones until he is in turn killed off in a creative way.

When was a Polaroid picture taken of Sarah?

Sarah was thinking of how when Kyle and she shared a couple hours together, they loved for a lifetime. Kyle explains to Sarah about the picture. “John Connor gave me a picture of you once. I didn't know why at the time. It was very old - torn, faded. You were young like you are now. You seemed just a little sad. I used to always wonder what you were thinking at that moment. I memorized every line, every curve... I came across time for you, Sarah. I love you; I always have. “

Why did Kyle turn on all the machines when they got to the factory?

Kyle tells Sarah that he is turning on all the factory machines as cover. It will make it harder for the Terminator to track them. In the factory, Sarah causes the hydraulic press to shut twice, once by accident and once on purpose. Both times the remastered soundtrack uses a completely different sound effect when this occurs than what was originally presented in the mono soundtrack.

How does Kyle “kill” the terminator?

Prior to Kyle putting a pipe bomb in the Terminator’s metal framework, we see the Terminator chasing Sarah and Kyle. He's walks with a limp. He climbs the metal stairs and there are two quick shots of his feet. If you look closely, you can see the cause of his limp: there is an actuator connector to his left 'heel' which is hanging free, as compared to his right food where the actuator is still connected. So essentially, the actuator acting as the Terminator's Achilles' tendon has been severed, resulting in the limp.

Although the Terminator got blown apart, how does he chase Sarah?

As long as the red light shines out of his eyes, the Terminator is on a mission to kill Sarah. Arnold Schwarzenegger originally wanted to play Kyle Reese. But James Cameron had a different idea and saw Schwarzenegger in the title role of The Terminator and Cameron said to Schwarzenegger "This movie is not about the hero. It's about The Terminator".

People arrive from the future accompanied by what?

When Reese travels back in time he appears in an alley where there is a derelict. %0DThe bum says, “Hey, buddy, did you just see a real bright light?” Stan Yale played the 'Derelict in Alley' who also uttered the line "That son of a bitch took my pants,". His subsequent appearances included P.I. Private Investigations (1987), in which he was credited as 'bum', Terminal Exposure (1987) ('wino'), Moonlighting (1985) ('bum'), Matlock (1986) ('bum'), L.A. Law (1986) ('first homeless man') and My Name Is Earl (2005) ('homeless man') Typecast yes, but he's probably a rich "bum" after all those appearances!

What were the last lines of the movie?

The full final lines are: Sarah Connor: “What did he just say?” Gas Station Attendant: “He said there's a storm coming in.” Sarah Connor: [sighs] “I know.” That sentiment and the photo taken of Sarah at the gas station are two significant scenes in the movie. James Cameron makes the Polaroid picture even more memorable when Sarah's burning photo (being shown in the future) fades into Sarah sleeping in Kyle's arms.

“I’ll be back” should have been the title of the first movie. How many sequels have there been thus far?

There have been four sequels to The Terminator. Judgment Day (1991), Rise of the Machines (2003), Salvation (2009) and Genisys (2015). There was also a TV Series called The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009). The line wasn’t the only thing famous from the movie, The Terminator's motorcycle was later displayed in Arnold Schwarzenegger's restaurant Planet.

How was the film received when it was released?

Even Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t realize the movie would be received so well. On a budget of $6.4 million it made $78.3 million in box office sales. The fact is, Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't think much of the initial screenplay and was only going to do it for the money and because he felt a contemporary film would be beneficial to his career.

Which of these other accolades did the film receive?

Besides all of the accolades it earned, the movie's line "I'll be back." was voted as the number 37 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100), and as #95 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.

How else can you get your Terminator fix?

From a video game based on each movie in the Terminator Franchise to non-film based games such as RoboCop Versus The Terminator, there are many different video games from which to choose. Also, you can visit a Terminator attraction at Universal Orlando, Six Flags and Universal Studios Hollywood. Plus, there are soundtracks available for each movie. And let’s not forget comic books and graphic novels to boot.

What was the reception of the soundtrack album for The Terminator?

The Terminator soundtrack was composed and performed on synthesizer by Brad Fiedel. Fiedel described the film's music as being about "a mechanical man and his heartbeat". Almost all the music in the film was performed live. Online music database AllMusic praised the score of the film, referring to it as an "underrated highlight" of The Terminator and referred to it as a "marvelous synthesizer score". Reviewing the 2016 re-issue, Pitchfork gave the album an 8.5 out of 10 rating, and labeled it as one of their best new reissues.

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