Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to
murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior.
Actress Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) was married to the film's
director, James Cameron, from 1997-1999.
Reese is played by Michael Biehn who would go on to appear in
the later James Cameron films Aliens and The Abyss.
William Wisher, co-author of the U.S. novelization of the film,
also provided additional dialog for the film itself. He also portrays
one of the cops in the film (the one whose head is bashed
against his police cruiser by the Terminator before the cyborg
takes the vehicle). Wisher would go on to co-write the script of
Judgment Day with James Cameron.
Most of the data lines presented in the Terminator's POV shots
are just standard computer programming lines and responses.
According to various sources, most of the data is assembly
language program fragments from the 6502 8-bit microprocessor
manufactured by MOS Technology in 1975. Very
little data relevant to the particular situations at hand in the
film is ever
James Cameron has denied basing his script on any of Ellison's
The future war scenes take place in Los Angeles in the year
The garbage truck seen at 4:45 on the DVD is made by
International, a U.S. based manufacturer of commercial
trucks. (In the novel, it is a
The "present day" scenes open at 1:52 a.m. in Los Angeles,
1984. That's when the Terminator arrives from 2029 to begin
his quest to murder Sarah Connor, the mother of future
resistance leader John Connor.
The garbage truck's tires appear to be made by
At the beginning of the movie, the Terminator has made his time jump
One of the punks killed by the Terminator at Griffith
Observatory (identified as Johnny or "Kotex" in the novel) is played by Bill Paxton, who would go on to
appear in a few other Cameron films as well.
At 7:23 on the DVD, notice that Kotex has a tire tread mark
down the left side of his face. Apparently, this is an
intentional affectation of his.
The shot at 8:54 on the DVD appears to have been filmed
around 215 7th Street, towards Broadway. Signs for several
businesses are seen on the boulevard, including Burger
House, Dr. Scala, and Thom McAn.
Thom McAn was a shoe retailer from 1922 into the 1990s
(Sears now owns the brand name, but the Thom McAn stores
have all closed). At 9:33, Reese arrives in an alleyway next
to a dumpster that is spray painted with the address 707
Broadway, which is right at the real world intersection of
7th and Broadway! (See the neighborhood on
Maps.) Later, after Reese and Sarah flee from the
Terminator after escaping the ambush at Tech Noir, the cop
at 42:31 on the DVD refers to this location as 7th and
Broadway, which is not too far from Pico (where Tech Noir is
located), but it seems unlikely that this encounter with the
Terminator would just happen to take place right where Reese
arrived a full day earlier. (Obviously, the production shot
all these scenes together at a convenient location reserved
for them by the city for several days.)
The drunk vagrant in the alley just before Reese arrives in 1984 is
mumbling words that sound like, "I don't have to put up with
that bullshit, man. She's always after me..."
At 9:18 on the DVD, a black sphere appears in the air above
the alley, emanating electrical discharges as Reese is about
to arrive in 1984. (The novel
describes Reese arriving about 2 meters above the ground,
falling the remaining distance.)
Multiple scars are seen on Reese's body when he arrives in
1984. They do not appear to be the result of the
chronoporting, but from past injuries received in battle.
(The novel reveals them to be mostly laser-pulse scars.)
The LAPD patrol car at 11:01 on the DVD has the motto "To care and
to protect" painted on it. However, the actual motto of the
LAPD is "To protect and
to serve". At 47:07 on the DVD, another LAPD patrol car
has the motto "Dedicated to serve" instead.
As the cop approaches the drunk vagrant after
Reese takes his pants, the vagrant mumbles/screeches, "That
son of a bitch took my pants!"
At gunpoint, the cop tells Reese the date is
Thursday, May 12. But May 12 was actually a Saturday in
Reese eludes the police by breaking into a
bargain basement department store, where he steals a shirt
and a spiffy pair of
shoes which he wears through the remainder of the film.
At 13:14 on the DVD, the gun Reese is
carrying (taken from the police officer that he confronted
minutes earlier) appears to be a Smith and Wesson .38
Special, in use by the LAPD at that time.
At 16:20 on the DVD, Reese looks for Sarah
Connor's name in a phone booth phone book, finding three
Sarah Connors: Sarah, Sarah Ann, and Sarah J. The one we
follow through the movie is Sarah J. (Jeanette) Connor. (Her
middle name is revealed in the novelization.)
Sarah rides what appears to be a Honda Elite 125 motor
scooter to work (the novelization confirms it). Honda introduced its scooter line that
As Sarah is chaining her scooter up at 16:50 on the DVD, a
Today newspaper machine is seen in the background.
gas station is also seen in the distance.
Sarah is seen to work as a waitress
at a restaurant called Big Jeff's,
which appears to be fictional. There
is a statue of a boy carrying two
hamburgers outside the restaurant,
obviously inspired by the Bob's Big
Boy mascot of the restaurant chain
of the same name. Sarah refers to
the statue as Big Buns, but it's
unclear if that is intended to be
the mascot's actual name or just a
joking nickname she made up for it,
but the script refers to the statue
as "the icon of Big Jeff himself"
and does not capitalize Sarah's
reference to "big buns". According
Movieland Directory, the
restaurant at which the Big Jeff's
scenes were shot was a
Carrow's in South Pasadena (815
Fremont Ave). (In the novelization,
the statue is wearing a chef's hat at a cocked angle [not so here]
and mustard is about to drip down to the ground from the sculpted
hamburger [here it is ketchup].)
||Big Boy (from
The Terminator visits the Alamo Sport Shop to get weaponry
for its hunt for Sarah Connor. This appears to have been a
fictional establishment (filmed at what is now a used car
lot at 14329 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA). The outside of
the store has signs for Winchester, Colt, and Ruger. A
Remington rifle is seen on the display rack inside. These
are all real world firearm manufacturers. (The novelization
refers to the store as Garrett's Gun Shop; the clerk is
A billboard advertising Benson & Hedges cigarettes is seen
at 18:37 on the DVD. Since 1999, cigarette advertising on
billboards has been prohibited in 46 of the 50 the states in
A painted sign on the front window of the gun store has the
word "clearance" misspelled (an "a" is missing.)
As the Terminator enters the gun store at 18:47 on the DVD,
a business seen in the background is
The tattoos on the gun shop clerk's arms are actor Dick
Miller's actual tattoos, most likely obtained when he was a
young man in the U.S. Navy.
The .45 Longslide (with laser sight) pistol taken by the
Terminator at the gun shop is an AMT Hardballer variant, a
stainless steel clone of the Colt M1911 pistol, made by
Arcadia Machine & Tool, a firearms manufacturer now owned by
High Standard Manufacturing Company. The gun makes another
appearance in the "Goodbye to All That" episode of The
Sarah Connor Chronicles.
The Terminator also takes an Uzi 9mm.
The general Uzi line of weapons was designed by Israeli
Captain Uziel Gal in the late 1940s and named after him.
Among the other weapons he takes, the Terminator asks for a
Phased Plasma Rifle in a 40 watt range, but the store clerk
does not have one and does not seem to be familiar with it.
Plasma guns are a type of energy weapon frequently used in
stories of science-fiction, but not known to effectively
exist as real world weapons...yet. The Terminator's
description of it being in the 40 watt range seems
unrealistically small, as 40 watts is
the equivalent of that used by a typical light bulb! In
The Future War, author S.M. Stirling uses the
description of "40 megawatt range" instead.
The Terminator loads a Franchi SPAS 12 shotgun at the gun
store and uses it to kill the clerk.
is an Italian manufacturer of firearms.
The novelization reveals that the station wagon driven by
the Terminator is a Ford Kingswood Estate,
1978 and the car stolen by Reese is a
At 20:24 on the DVD, a
Cupid's Hot Dogs restaurant is seen in the background.
The street addresses for the three
Sarah Connors in the phone book at
20:41 on the DVD appear to be
fictional to the city of Los
Angeles, as do the addresses
appearing above and below those
listings. Fictional addresses are
often used in film and television
productions to avoid confusion with,
or harassment of, real people.
As the Terminator reads the lines, notice that he moves his finger
down the lines to guide his eyes, just as people do. A computer as
sophisticated as the T-800 wouldn't need to do anything like that
given its enhanced vision. The finger is really more for the
audience's benefit so they will know what to look at.
At 20:51 on the DVD, an
truck is run over by the Terminator. The truck has a
Transtar logo on the side. Transtar is a series of tractor
trucks made by
International. Ironically, the Terminator will himself
be run over by an International truck near the end of the
movie. (In the novelization, the toy is
described as a dump truck.)
At 21:11 on the DVD, notice that a small dog starts barking
at the Terminator as it walks up to the first Sarah Connor
address. Later in the film, Reese reveals that the
resistance used dogs to sniff out those Terminators
disguised as humans with cloned human tissue over their metal
The first address the Terminator points to in the phone book
is 1823 Doncaster. But when he arrives at the house, the
number on it is 14239. Oddly, this house number is almost
identical to the business address of the Alamo Gun Shop seen
earlier, 14329!(In the novelization, the address is
12856 Hatterass St. in Studio City.)
There appears to be a doorbell button at the first Sarah
Connor's house, but the Terminator knocks instead. Perhaps
he's not familiar with the doorbell concept?
At 21:39 on the DVD, there is a fish and cross symbol on the
door, a Christian symbol.
The Terminator just clears the frame of the front doorway as
he shoots the first Sarah Connor. But a split second later,
he is suddenly outside the door frame again.
At 22:02 on the DVD, cans of Tab and Sprite soda pop are
seen on the table in the employees lounge at Big Jeff's.
Both soft drinks are made by the
At 22:15 on the DVD, a P&H Crane is seen.
makes mining equipment. There is a logo for Zonver Drilling
on the side of the crane as well; Zonver Drilling is a
drilling and engineering company based out of Irwindale, CA.
At 25:52 on the DVD, Reese awakens to hear the radio playing
an ad for Bob's Stereo at 25000 Sepulveda Blvd. This appears
to have been a fictional business...as is the later Bob's
Liquor at 34:13!
At 26:10 on the DVD, General Bank is seen as Reese pulls
away from the construction site in a hot-wired car. General
Bank existed in the Los Angeles from 1980-2003, then
acquired by Cathay Bank.
As Sarah and her roommate Ginger prepare for their evenings,
Sarah is wearing a Jetsons t-shirt. The Jetsons
was an animated sit-com produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions from 1962-1963 and 1985-1987.
At 26:23 on the DVD, a box of
tampons is seen on the bathroom counter.
At 26:49 on the DVD, Ginger's boyfriend Matt appears to be
wearing a t-shirt printed with the face of Albert Einstein.
Vukovich tells Traxler that the file on the second Sarah
Connor killing was sent over from Valley Division. This is
probably a reference to the West Valley Division of the
The flag seen in Lt. Traxler's LAPD office at 27:47 on the
DVD may be the Los Angeles city flag, though the colors seem
to be a bit different.
At 28:15 on the DVD, notice that the empty reptile
as a sign on it, "Beware of Dog". Apparently the
occupant, an iguana named Pugsley, escapes frequently, as it
is seen roaming the apartment at a couple different times
during the first half of the film. Pugsley is Sarah's pet,
though notice that Pugsley seems to hiss every time Sarah kisses
him! (The novelization reveals that Sarah inherited the
reptile from an ex-boyfriend.)
At 28:23 on the DVD, there appear to be playing cards laid
out on the coffee table in Sarah and Ginger's apartment, in
a pattern suggesting a game of solitaire was being played.
The voice of Stan Morski on the voice message as he cancels
his date with Sarah is actually the voice of the film's
writer/director, James Cameron.
Ginger remarks that Sarah's (canceled) date that night owned
Porsche. This lets the viewer know that he (Stan Morski)
At 29:09 on the DVD, Sarah and Ginger's apartment number is
seen to be 225. So, she was living at 309 Caldera Canyon, Apt.
225. The sign on the outside wall of the building reads
When Sarah opens the phone book at the pizza parlor,
listings for Conin Tire Sales Inc. and Connecticut General
Life Insurance are seen. I've found no evidence of a real
Conin Tire Sales, but Connecticut General Life Insurance was
a real company at the time, now merged into
At 32:45 on the DVD, a sign for
Ice Cream is seen on the window of the pizza parlor.
Fearing for her life after hearing about the "Sarah Connor"
murders and finding Reese tailing her, Sarah ducks into the
Tech Noir nightclub on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, next
to Super C Ranch Market. Both appear to be fictional
establishments, though Pico is an actual boulevard in the
At 34:13 on the DVD, police receive a call of a 211 in
progress at Bob's Liquor at the corner of 3rd and Cameron.
At least it sounds like the dispatcher is saying Cameron!
There is no street named Cameron in the Los Angeles area.
"211" is the police code for "robbery".
At 35:11 on the DVD, Pugsley climbs over a box of Harvest
Wheats crackers and boxes of Zesty Cheddar and Honey Grahams
crackers are also seen on the shelf, all from
All three types of cracker are no longer being produced by
the company (the Terminator curse!). Allbee nutritional supplement bottles are also
The answering machine in the apartment appears to be an
Execu Sect. I've been unable to confirm whether this was a
real world brand at the time.
Ironically, Ginger's answering machine message says "Hi,
there...fooled you. You're talking to a machine. But don't
be shy. It's ok. Machines need love too..."
At 37:09 on the DVD, the Terminator finds a university ID
card for Sarah. The name of the university is not visible
off the top of the screen, but the card is for Spring 1984,
suggesting she was still enrolled at this time. (The
novelization states she was attending
Angeles Junior College rather than a university.)
At 37:48 on the DVD, a neon sign proclaiming "Coke is it!"
is seen in the background at Tech Noir. This was the
advertising slogan of
At 38:20 on the DVD, Sarah is drinking a
Dry beverage of some type at Tech Noir (in the
novelization she drinks a Coke instead). She accidentally
knocks the bottle to the floor just seconds later and leans
down from her table to pick it up, preventing the
newly-arrived Terminator from spotting her as it walks by.
At 39:14 there appears to also be a
Schlitz beer bottle on Sarah's table, but it's possible
it was left there by the previous occupant.
At 38:47 on the DVD, bar tap handles for
Coors Light beer are seen at the bar at Tech Noir.
At Tech Noir, the same patron in a black and white tank top
seems to be in two places at once as the Terminator makes
his move on Sarah: on the dance floor at 39:12 and behind
Reese at the bar at 39:28!
At 40:00 on the DVD, various brand names are seen at the
At Tech Noir, Reese says to Sarah, "Come with me if you want
to live." This line is repeated in Judgment Day by
the T-800 protector.
What may be a production vehicle with a stage light and
reflector mounted above it is visible on the right-hand side
of the screen as the Terminator gets up after being blasted
onto the sidewalk at 40:57 on the DVD.
At 42:05 on the DVD, Zimmer's Card & Gift is seen on the
street as Reese quickly backs the car out of the alley. This
was probably a real business at the time, but I've been
unable to confirm it.
At 42:06 on the DVD, notice that the street Reese has backed
into is the same one he arrived at through time travel earlier.
At 42:08 on the DVD, a business called Funky of New
York-Paris is seen in the background. This was a real
business at 219 W. 7th Street in Los Angeles as recently as
2007. It appears to be gone now.
At 42:40 on the DVD, it can be seen that the police car
taken by the Terminator has no rear view mirror and no
partition between the front and back seats. The rearview
mirror is also missing from the LTD and the later Cadillac
stolen by Reese.
Throughout the scenes of the Terminator driving the police
his eyebrows are missing. Don't ask me why.
A pizza restaurant called Little Ol' Italy is seen at 42:50
on the DVD. I've not been able to find any evidence that
this place still exists.
At 42:56 on the DVD, Sierra Leone Diamond Company and A&A
Electronic Company are seen. I've been unable to confirm
these as real businesses in L.A. at the time, but they look
like actual on-location storefronts.
At 43:45 on the DVD, a Thrifty truck is seen parked outside
a Thrifty drug store.
Thrifty was an American west coast drug store
1919-1998. Just a second later, we can see a neon sign for
the Hotel Clark down the street; later,
at 1:26:58, a rooftop neon sign for the Hotel Clark is seen.
This is a real hotel in downtown Los Angeles, now under
renovation as part of a downtown clean-up project.
Reese's rank and serial number are Sergeant/Tech Com
At 44:00 on the DVD, the Huntington Hotel is seen through
the windshield of Reese's LTD. The Huntington was built in
1910 and sits at 752 S. Main St. It became something of a
slum apartment building with a history of crime in recent
decades, but was sold to investors and renovated to become a
code-compliant apartment building now called Huntington
At 44:49 on the DVD, a cab from Metro Cab Company is seen.
I've been unable to confirm this as an actual cab service in
L.A. at the time. Since the cab gets smashed by an out of
control cop car, it was probably a studio car with a
fictional business label on it.
The left front hubcap of the LTD comes and goes throughout
At 44:52 on the DVD, a
McDonald's sign is seen on the Jewelry Design Center
building. This is an actual building on 7th Street in L.A.
At 44:55 on the DVD, Thomas Fashion, Sunny Fashion, and Shoe
World are seen.
Reese states the 600 Series Terminators had rubber skin, so
they were easy to spot.
After abandoning the damaged LTD, the second car Reese
steals is a
In this film, Reese states that there will be a nuclear war
"a few years from now", started by defense network
computers. But in Judgment Day, the war does not
occur until 1997, which many might describe as more than
just "a few years" from 1984. It's possible that the
timeline has been altered already by the time of
Judgment Day, either by events in this film
or in stories appearing in licensed tie-ins to the
Terminator franchise, causing Judgment Day not to occur
At 49:52 on the DVD, the Terminator's stolen police car has
the motto "To care and to protect" on it, but at 51:22 it
has changed to "Dedicated to serve".
A number of gunshots are seen penetrating the windshield of
the stolen Cadillac in the parking garage, but only one
bullet hole is ever seen in it during the subsequent car
After crashing his police cruiser into the wall, why does
the Terminator flee from the scene? He doesn't seem that
seriously damaged later. Why doesn't he simply continue his
assault on Sarah on the spot?
At 52:31 on the DVD, it's obvious that the "Dedicated to
serve" motto on the Terminator's crashed police car is just
a magnetic sticker. This is frequently done in Hollywood
productions so that different mottos or logos can be easily
affixed to vehicles to serve different roles in different
Notice also at 52:31 that the concrete wall has a stenciled
command "POST NO BILLS", yet it is plastered with bills!
During Reese's interrogation at the police station, a cop is
still carrying his gun in his shoulder harness in the
interrogation room. But police do not carry sidearms into
interrogation, lest the weapon be taken by the suspect.
Reese explains to Dr. Silberman that Skynet was built for
SAC-NORAD. SAC was the Strategic Air
Command at Offut Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska (SAC
has since been disbanded in 1992, after the fall of the
Soviet Union). NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense
Command, a joint operation of the U.S. and Canada to provide
early warning and defense against air and space offenses
against the two nations.
Dr. Silberman returns as Sarah's criminal psychiatrist at
Pescadero State Hospital in Judgment Day.
Reese claims that John Connor and his men were to blow up
the time displacement equipment after his passage to 1984.
At 57:25 on the DVD, we see that the Terminator's sunglasses
VCR is seen in the police station at 58:07 on the DVD. At
59:12, we see that the TV is a
Lt. Traxler tells Sarah that the police's TAC guys wear body
armor. TAC is an abbreviation for "Tactical"; the more
common term for such police forces is SWAT (Special Weapons
Vukovich explains to Sarah that her attacker (the
Terminator) was probably on PCP when he smashed his fist
through the windshield of Reese's car to grab her. "Broke
every bone is his hand and wouldn't feel it for hours." PCP
is a hallucinogenic drug that can have an analgesic effect
on the body as well, deadening pain receptors for a time.
Sarah's mother is said to live in Big Bear. This is a
mountain community about 96 miles east of L.A.
At 1:01:06 on the DVD, the police desk sergeant has the name
badge "Wright". In the novelization, his name is Eddie
Rothman. No final exclamations are audible by the sergeant
when he dies as the Terminator plows the car through the
lobby, but in the novel he says, "Oh, shit."
At 1:01:11 on the DVD, the doors of the police station say
Central Division. The Rampart area of the LAPD does fall
under the Central Bureau. (The novelization of Judgment
Day refers to it as the Rampart Division West Highland
The Terminator's eyes are just barely visible through his
sunglasses as he speaks to the desk sergeant. Both eyes are
human, though one of them should be red and electronic at
The Terminator crashes into the station house in yet
another, presumably stolen, car. The novel states the car is
an Impala, but the car in the film does not look like any
Impala model I can find reference to.
At about 1:02:29 on the DVD, we see from the desk nameplates
that two of the police officers killed by the Terminator at
Rampart Division are Captain Chapnick and Warden Bryan.
At 1:03:15 on the DVD, a
Westinghouse logo is seen on an electrical box in the
At 1:04:51 on the DVD, a missing person poster on the
precinct wall is for Kevin Collins. The photo matches that
of Kevin Andrew Collins, who went missing from the
Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco on February 10,
1984 and has never been found.
Reese and Sarah escape from the police precinct in what
appears to be a Gremlin automobile. In the novelization, it
is a Pinto. The Gremlin was manufactured by AMC from
1970–1978, the similar Pinto by Ford from 1971–1980.
At 1:06:32 on the DVD, the radio announcer gives the
stations call letters as KFLB. This is a fictional station
as far as I can tell, but the novelization refers to KFWB at
one point, an actual L.A. radio station.
At 1:08:12 on the DVD, Sarah uses a
Johnson first aid kit to dress Reese's wound.
Reese relates John Connors' message from the future to
Sarah. One part of it is "I can't help you with what you
must soon face except to say that the future is not set."
How does John know that the future is not set? Did he
already have knowledge suggesting that the timeline had
already been altered from the original?
During the flashback sequence at 1:12:06 on the DVD, Reese
and his men allow the dogs to sniff their hands as they
enter the underground human bunker. This is an early
indication that dogs are able to smell the difference
between a human and a Terminator encased in cloned human
The shot at 1:14:44 on the DVD would seem to suggest that
the internal red, electronic eyes of a Terminator
encased in cloned human tissue
can be seen under the proper, dark, lighting conditions. The
novelization reveals the weapon he carries is a General
Dynamics RBS-80, a phased plasma rifle seen throughout the
Dynamics is a major U.S. aerospace and defense company.
Back in 1984, apparently the injured flesh on the
Terminator's body is starting to rot because the motel
janitor (named Rodney in the novel) complains about his room
wafting an odor like a dead cat and flies are heard and seen
in the room (the novelization reveals the flesh was, indeed,
rotting and even getting gangrenous). The flies on the
Terminator's face in the scene from 1:15:39-1:16:12 are
obviously fake, as they never move!
In Sarah's address book, the Terminator finds the address
and phone number of her mom's Big Bear cabin, 181 Spruce
Lane, 555-9861. This is an actual residential address in Big
Bear. The 555 prefix of the phone
number is a long-time convention in Hollywood TV and film;
the actual prefix in that area of Big Bear is 585.
The German Shepherd dog leashed outside the office of the
Tiki Motel is James Cameron's dog, Wolfie. The name Wolfie
was also used as a dog name in Judgment Day.
The man in the hallway of the motel as the Terminator walks
by at 1:16:20 is wearing a sports shirt that reads "HAVASU"
with the number 80. It is probably a reference to the class
of 1980 of Lake Havasu High School in Lake Havasu City,
Reese and Sarah stay in room 9 of the Tiki Motel. The
exterior scenes were shot at the actual Tiki Motel at 7301
Santa Fe Avenue, Huntington Park, CA. The novelization
reveals that they hitched a ride part of the way there.
Sarah gives the number of the motel as 408-555-1439; the 408
area code is actually part of coastal central
California, not southern (and notice the use again of the
555 prefix). (Also, in the novel, it is spelled "Tikki" instead of "Tiki"
and is south of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, much
further south than Huntington Park.)
A deleted scene from the film reveals that the pistol
carried by Reese which he gives to Sarah at the motel was
Lt. Traxler's; Traxler gives it Reese as he lays dying after
the attack by the Terminator at the police station.
At 1:17:23 on the DVD, Reese walks past a Shell service
station, as evidenced by the "Service is Our Business"
slogan seen behind him. This was the slogan of Shell Oil
from the 1960s through '80s.
At 1:18:25 on the DVD, the Terminator dials the number of
the Tiki Motel, just given to him by Sarah over the phone,
to get their address. But instead of 1439, he dials
1469...and still gets an answer from Tiki Motel!
After Reese's shopping trip, Sarah just rips the first grocery
bag open, to spill the contents! I guess she was really
hungry! (In the novelization, it is Reese who tears the bag open
after setting them down on the counter.) Of course, it turns
out that Reese brings back little or nothing in the way of
food, just Enoz Moth Balls, Karo Corn Syrup, Springfield
Ammonia, Albers Corn Meal and similar products for making
plastic explosives. (Other than ammonia, I've been unable to
confirm if these materials are actually useful in making
plastic explosive). The four brand names seen are all real
At 1:24:25 on the DVD, the bandage on Reese's right hand has
disappeared. It's back again in later shots.
The owner of the
Reese and Sarah at the motel is revealed to be named Herb
Rossmore in the novel.
The pickup truck stolen by Reese and Sarah at the motel has
light guards on the front grill and cab top that say "Super
Off-Roader". Light guards with this slogan were formerly
Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels. At 1:26:39, we also see a
Dick Cepek sticker on the rear window.
As dogs were earlier shown as capable of sensing the
difference between a Terminator and a human, the German
Shepherd outside the motel barks as the Terminator
approaches, warning Reese and Sarah of his presence. It's
also a nice touch when the two are escaping in the truck and
pass the dog, the dog doesn't bark, but as the Terminator
runs after them, he does.
As the Terminator races after the two humans on his
motorcycle at 1:24:52 on the DVD, Spartan Burgers is seen
across the street. This is an actual restaurant across from
the Tiki Motel, still in existence today.
At 1:25:11 on the DVD, the Terminator passes a
At 1:26:13 on the DVD, a sticker for T/A High Tech Radials
is seen on the rear window of the stolen pickup.
T/A High Tech Radials were tires made by
At 1:26:46 on the DVD, an oval-shaped sticker is seen on the
stolen truck's rear window which wasn't there before. The
shot must have been filmed in a different cab interior.
The tractor-trailer truck that runs over the Terminator at
1:27:48 on the DVD is an International (in the novelization,
it is a
Kenworth). The cab doors have
the logo of J&G Oil on them; though there is currently an
actual company located in Texas, I'm not sure if they were
in business at the time this film was made. At 1:28:26, we
see the truck has T/A mud flaps;
T/A is the abbreviation of
TravelCenters of America, a chain of truck stops.
The driver of the tanker truck leaves his door open as he
gets out to check on the person he hit. But the door is
closed again when the Terminator goes to climb into the cab.
At 1:28:39 on the DVD, the door handle on the cab of the
tanker truck is the push-button type under the side window.
But later shots of the vehicle have a lower pull-type handle
near the base of the door.
At 1:28:45 on the DVD, the Terminator climbs into the cab of
the tractor-trailer and tells the man in the passenger seat, "Get
out." This same scene is replayed in Judgment Day
when the T-1000 oozes into a police helicopter in midair,
telling the pilot,
As the tractor-trailer chases Reese and Sarah down the
city streets, I like how the viewer can see the Terminator's
exposed red eye glowing in the cab!
At 1:30:30 on the DVD, the tractor trailer smashes up an AMC
Gremlin. (At 1:30:21, the rear of the Gremlin can be seen to
already be marred, either from a previous take or from the
production obtaining an already scrapped vehicle to
After striking the Gremlin, the headlights of the tanker
truck go out. But they are on again when the truck blows up
just seconds later.
At 1:30:34 on the DVD, a cable is clearly visible pulling
the tanker truck forward.
The dumpster in which Reese dives for cover from the
explosion of the gas tanker has the phone number 266-1218 on
it. This is the phone number of City Rubbish Company TS in
The truck cab used in the burning tanker scene as the
Terminator stumbles out of it appears to be a different
model than the chase one, as evidenced by dual headlights
present on the driver's side as it burns, while the chase
model had single headlights.
Running to escape from the Terminator in its T-800 form
after its skin has burned away, Reese and Sarah run into a
factory which is later revealed in
to be part of Cyberdyne Systems, the soon-to-be manufacturer
of HKs, Terminators, and the Skynet computer itself.
(However, in the alternate timeline of
Part 3, it is implied that the T-800 was destroyed at a factory
other than Cyberdyne.)
As Reese switches on a bunch of the factory's automated
systems to confuse the T-800's sensors, at 1:34:32 on the
DVD, a console has the logo of GMFRobotics. This is a
reference to the
FANUC Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of industrial
robotic systems. The display was an actual one used for
controlling FANUC assembly line robots. A number of the
industrial robots seen in the factory has the FANUC logo
painted on it.
At 1:34:37 on the DVD, a robotic arm in the factory is seen
to have a
Motoman logo painted on it.
Notice at 1:35:59 on the DVD that Sarah accidentally leans
on a button that activates the hydraulic press that she will
shortly use to destroy the Terminator as it grasps for her.
When Reese collapses in the factory from his wounds and
exhaustion, Sarah grabs at him, exclaiming, "On your feet,
vision of Reese says the same to her in a restored scene on
the Judgment Day Extreme DVD and in the Sarah Connor Chronicles episode
"The Good Wound".
(Reese also says it to himself on page 19 of the
novelization, right after he arrives in 1984.)
By the end of the movie, it seems there are more pieces of
the Terminator still somewhat intact than just the arm and a
partial microchip as revealed in
Judgment Day. The torso and skull were pretty much
flattened by the hydraulic press, but the pelvis and legs
should still be found strewn around the floor of the factory
after Reese partially destroys the robot with a plastique
pipe bomb; in fact, a nearly whole mechanical leg is seen
lying on the floor at 1:37:39 on the DVD. In
"Tempest" Part 3, many more parts are seen, in an LAPD
When Sarah is loaded into the ambulance, she is loaded
feet-first. EMT's always load a patient in head-first.
At the end of the movie, Sarah is recording Tape 7 on November
10. It must still be 1984 since she is seen pregnant with
John, to whom she is making these audio recordings. At
1:42:48 on the DVD, we see that she is recording on a
brand cassette tape.
Sarah is driving a
Renegade at the end of the film. She pulls into a
station. "Pemex" is short for Petróleos Mexicanos, a Mexican
petroleum company, indicating she is in Mexico (the Spanish
language signs and speech in the scene also help!).
Oversized advertising cans of
beer are seen hanging from the ceiling of the stations
sun-cover. Several piñatas are also seen hanging. What
appears to be a Ford Pinto is parked there on screen left.
The station owner may have a small farm behind it, as a
couple of chickens are seen walking across the gas lanes. A
few watermelons are also seen near the gas pumps, probably
for sale. An old-time truck (looks like a Ford) is also seen
parked in he background, but I can't quite identify the
At 1:42:02 on the DVD, the Spanish signs at the Pemex
station can be translated as: cigaros=cigars, litro=liter. A
red, octagonal street sign at the intersection reads
The Mexican boy takes an instant photo of Sarah with a
Kodamatic camera, made from 1982-1986 until a lawsuit by
stop manufacturing of instant cameras.
At 1:42:36 on the DVD, we can see that Sarah has a large jug
of bottle water on the floor of the passenger seat for her
trip south. Also, previously recorded audio tapes are seen
on the passenger seat.
Although she pays the boy for the photo, Sarah never pays
the old man for the gas he pumped before pulling out of the
Notes from the novelization of
The Terminator by Randall Frakes and Bill Wisher
(The page numbers come from the 2nd
printing, paperback edition, published February 1985)
(Two novelizations of The Terminator were produced.
The earliest version was published in 1984 in the UK and was
written by Shaun Hutson. The second was first published in
1985, the version I'm analyzing here, written by Randall
Frakes and Bill Wisher. If I come across the Hutson version for
a low price someday, I'll add a study of it too!)
The T-800 is referred to only as "Terminator" throughout the
book, not even "the Terminator".
The book places the day of arrival in 1984 on Friday, March
9, 3:48 a.m. In the movie it's Thursday, May 12.
On page 1, the graffiti "History Is Dead" is scrawled on a
wall near the Griffith Observatory. This may be a wry
reference to the near-death of humanity in the not too
Page 1 describes the Griffith Observatory as no longer being
a working one, instead relying on its planetarium to project
artificial views of the night sky for its visitors, due to
the light and air pollution of the metropolitan area in
which it resides. Sadly, this is largely true.
Page 2 compares the Griffith Observatory, once academic, now
to a tourist spot like
Page 2 describes the view from Mount Hollywood (at the peak
of which Griffith Observatory rests) over Los Angeles and
beyond Santa Monica to the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Monica is a beachfront city adjacent to Los Angeles.
The trash truck driver is identified as Del Ray Goines, as
he drives up Vermont Canyon Road. This is the actual road
that heads up Mount Hollywood to Griffith Observatory
(becoming Observatory Avenue in the final stretch).
Del Ray is listening to B.B. King on his Walkman. King is a
renowned blues musician, singer, and songwriter. "Walkman"
is Sony's brand name for its personal audio/video devices
(at the time of this story only audio, being the brand of an audio
cassette tape player).
Page 3 reveals that Del Ray was a linebacker for the Houston
Oilers for two seasons as a young man. The Oilers were the NFL
football team of Houston, Texas from 1959-1998, after which
the team moved to Nashville, Tennessee to become the
The book reveals that the punks encountered by the
Terminator at the observatory were riding in Rick's '68
On page 4, one of the punks (the Bill Paxton character in
the movie) has his hair done up in purple spikes that
reminds Del Ray of Buckwheat from the Little Rascals.
The Little Rascals
was a series of short comedy films, originally known as
Our Gang, about a gang of precocious kids, produced
from 1922-1944. Buckwheat was an African-American boy in the
series, known for his wild hair.
Del Ray's trash truck is described as having a bumper
sticker that reads, "This Property Insured by Smith &
Smith & Wesson is a manufacturer of firearms. Del Ray is
revealed to actually carry a different brand though, an HR
.22 handgun. "HR" stands for "H & R" (Harrington &
Richardson), another firearms manufacturer.
Page 4 describes Del Ray's history of shooting
Budweiser cans with his .22.
The book reveals the names of the three punks encountered by
the Terminator: the one using the telescope is Rick, the one
with the spiked hair is Johnny (nicknamed Kotex), and the
third (who winds up giving his clothes to the Terminator) is
Mark. Johnny's nickname of "Kotex" is presumably based on
the brand name of feminine hygiene products.
On page 6, the punks' ghetto blaster is playing "Let's Have
a War" by Fear. This is an actual song by the hardcore punk
band Fear, from their
debut album The Record.
The song title used here may be another dark reference to
the coming war for human existence. (In the movie, there is
no music being played on a ghetto blaster.)
Page 6 mentions that the three punks had started their
evening at the Cathay before getting into a fight with
some rockabillies and then piling into Rick's Malibu and
finding themselves on Mount Hollywood. The Cathay is a
reference to the Cathay de Grande, a rock club in Hollywood
during the early 1980s best known for featuring punk bands.
Page 7 describes the electrical flashes of the time
displacement effect as the Terminator arrives as being like a
thousand Instamatics going off in Del Ray's face. The
Instamatic was a low-cost camera manufactured by Kodak from
Page 8 describes the explosive sound of the Terminator's
arrival into 1984 as a gargantuan Mean Joe Green (sic)
slamming into the Rocky Mountains. Mean Joe Greene was
the nickname of NFL player Charles Edward Greene of the
Pittsburgh Steelers, considered by many to be the best
defensive lineman to ever play football. The
Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range in the western
portion of North America.
Page 9 describes the Terminator's eye color as cobalt-blue.
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's eyes are, in fact, blue.
After seeing the cold-eyed Terminator, Del Ray bolts on foot
from his trash truck, thinking of him sarcastically as the Man from Glad.
The Man from Glad was a spokesman for Glad trash bags and
food storage containers played by various actors in
television commercials over the years of Glad's existence
Page 11 refers to the act of time travel as "chronoporting".
It also describes a conduction jelly applied to the
Terminator's skin (and Reese's later) to prevent flash burn during the process.
The conduction jelly turns to a white ash during the
transport, making the Terminator's perfect body look like a
classical sculpture by Bernini or Rodin. Gian Lorenzo
Bernini (1598-1680) and Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) were
possibly the foremost sculptors of their respective times.
On page 14, rivulets of rain begin to wash off the ash of
the conduction jelly from the Terminator's body, giving it
"the appearance of Renaissance statuary that had been
exposed to the elements for centuries." The Renaissance, of
course, was the cultural movement from 14th-17th Centuries
which resulted in a flowering of ideas across all aspects of
As the Terminator approaches on page 14, Mark clutches the
pearl handle of his knife, thinking, I got your pearly
gates, pal. The pearly gates, of course, is a reference
to the gateway to Heaven as described in the Bible's
Book of Revelation.
Page 16 states that Reese has arrived about 24 minutes after
the Terminator and almost 8 kilometers away. Reese's landing
at 7th and Broadway is actually about that distance from
Griffith Observatory, as the crow flies.
Page 17 reveals that the vagrant
from whom Reese takes the pants was
a former film studio CEO named
Benjamin Schantz. Schantz is able to
Bonaventure Hotel between the
buildings from his space in the alley.
The Bonaventure is located about 9
blocks away from Broadway and 7th
and, though the hotel is tall, I'm
not sure one could really see it
from the ground that far away. The
Bonaventure towers have appeared in
numerous movies and television shows
for their high-tech look.
The lightning-like discharge that accompanies Reese's
arrival in 1984 is described as undulating like St. Elmo's
Fire. St. Elmo's Fire is an electrical
weather phenomenon that is known to create a glowing plasma
field around a grounded object.
On page 19, Reese thinks of Schantz as a "scav". Presumably,
this is short for "scavenger".
On page 19, Reese, newly arrived in 1984, wishes he could
have brought his Westinghouse M-25 plasma rifle. This is, of
course, a fictional future rifle model. Presumably, "Westinghouse"
refers to the Westinghouse corporation which manufacturers
electrical and other devices. The "M-25" designation
indicates a military model (M=military in firearms
Also on page 19, Reese thinks of a Model Seven aerial as
being similar to a helicopter. Presumably, a Mark Seven is a
model of aerial Hunter-Killer. Page 175 describes a Mark
Eight Aerial as the new model.
Page 21 reveals that the cop who chases Reese in the alley
and gets his gun taken from him was Sgt. Michael Nydefer.
Page 22 makes a reference to
On page 22, Sgt. Nydefer peers between two Dempsey
dumpsters, looking for Reese. Dempsey Brothers, Inc.
manufacturs large dumpsters and trucks for the
removal of garbage.
Page 26 describes Reese's new shoes,
picked up as he runs for cover
through the closed department store,
as having "Nike" stitched on the
side. But, Nike shoes have only the
"swish" logo on their sides, not the
brand name. Reese is described as
only knowing of the name from the obsolete Nike
ballistic missile; this was a U.S.
anti-aircraft missile system from
1951 through the 1970s.
On page 27, Reese steals a Remington 870 pump shotgun from a
police car. This rifle has actually been in use by U.S. law
enforcement since 1951.
Also on page 27, Reese runs after stealing the police rifle
to the corner of Sixth and Olive,
Pershing Square. This is a real world location, just a
block away from his arrival near Seventh and Broadway. Reese
realizes he was born less than a mile from here in the
Pages 28-45 feature scenes not found in the film.
Page 28 describes a bit of
Reese's preparations for the time jump from 2029 to
1984. John Connor is present for the jump, unlike
the version presented in
"All My Futures Past" Part 2.
Reese was pulled from the 132nd
division by John to work on his personal
Recon/Security team. This is also mentioned in a
later scene in the film, including that the 132nd
was under the command of Perry from '21 to '27 (and
that he worked under John Connor in '28-'29).
The novelization expands Reese's comment about
serving under Perry, stating he was with him up
through the end of the Oregon and New Mexico
offensives; this implies that there is a wider resistance movement than just that of Skynet's base
of operations in Los Angeles.
In the novel, Sarah lives at 656 Jasmine Street, in the
Palms District of Los Angeles. The district is surrounded by
Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Culver City, just as
described in the book. Jasmine Avenue (not "Street") is an
actual road in the Palms district, lined with numerous
apartment buildings, but there is no 656 address.
Page 29 reveals that Sarah is just 19 years old and has had
Ginger as a roommate for the past 8 months. Page 223 reveals
she weighs 106 pounds. Reese's age is
not firmly established but Lt. Traxler guesses he is around
19 or 20. (Both actors were actually 27 at the time of
filming.) Judgment Day confirms Sarah's age here by
Dr. Silberman's statement that she is 29 in that film, set
Page 30 reveals that Sarah's canceled date that evening was
supposed to take her to a Julian Lennon concert at the Bowl.
Julian Lennon is a musician and son of the late John Lennon.
"Bowl" is presumably a reference to the
Page 30 reveals that Ginger's last name is Ventura.
On page 31, Ginger is listening to Bruce Springsteen on her
Springsteen has been a rock 'n' roll
singer/songwriter/musician since 1969.
Also on page 31, Sarah thinks of Ginger as someone who could
portray Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is, of course, a superheroine appearing in
comic books published by
After playing a little joke on her on page 33, Ginger tells
Sarah she's an easy target. This may be a joking
foreshadowing by the authors that Sarah is about to become
the target of the Terminator.
Page 33 reveals that Sarah does not feel she is the type to
raise children and, ironically, that she was not the type
"from which great men and women would be made." Of course,
she winds up being the mother of John Connor (and, in one
timeline, of Jane Connor).
Page 33 also reveals that Sarah's father died when she was a
young girl, leaving her mother to raise her alone.
Infiltrator is a bit contradictory in stating that he
died (from a heart attack) when she was 17.
Page 33 mentions the Himalayas. The
Himalayas is a reference to the Himalayan Mountain Range in
Asia which hosts the world's highest peaks.
Page 34 mentions the Mojave Desert. The
Mojave Desert is a large portion of
the southwestern United States, mostly in the state of
California, but also encompassing portions of Arizona and
The film script spells the name of Sarah's pet iguana as "Pugsley",
but the novel spells it "Pugsly".
Page 35 reveals that Ginger's boyfriend Matt's last name is
Buchanan. But in the film script, his last name is
On page 35, Sarah thinks Matt could bench press a
Also on page 35, Sarah muses on the obvious love between
Ginger and Matt and wonders when she will ever inspire such
passion...maybe tonight. She's thinking of her first date
with Stan Morski scheduled for that night. Of course, Stan
cancels out of the date, but Sarah does meet with Reese
Page 36 reveals that the pizza parlor Sarah eats at that
night is called Stoker's. This appears to be a fictional
establishment. The movie tells us it is on Pico Boulevard
since it is only a couple doors down from Tech Noir which is
identified as being on Pico. The original script had
"Stoker's" as the name of the night club (instead of "Tech
Matt offers to give Sarah some money in case her date
strands her in some god-awful place like Anaheim. This is a
real city in southern California. But it's not so god-awful.
Page 37 describes Sarah's Honda Elite scooter as having a
125-cc engine. "CC" stands for "cubic centimeter" and
represents the size of the engine in volume swept by an
engine's rotating cylinders. The 1984 Elite model did, in
fact, have a 125-cc engine (in the next year's model, the
engine went up to 150).
On page 37, Reese walks through the Miracle Mile district.
This is an actual business district of Los Angeles along
Page 37 reveals that Reese was shot up full of amphetamines
by the techs in 2029 before he made his trip through time.
Amphetamines are a type of stimulant.
Page 38 reveals that John Connor had told Reese that he
would be able to intercept Sarah at 20:19 hours at 656
Jasmine in Palms. It seems that Sarah must have somehow
remembered the exact time she left her apartment building
that night and told her son about it, so he was able to
relay it to Reese in the future.
On page 38, Reese moves along an alley behind Gajewski's
Foreign Auto Repair. This appears to be a fictional
Page 40 mentions Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." This is
a 1984 song off the album of the same name by Bruce
Also on page 40, Reese watches Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley
chatting on TV screens in a storefront window. Gumbel and
Pauley were the hosts of the NBC network's morning news show
Page 40 also mentions Pussycat Theatre, Caesar's Palace,
Golden Nugget, and Marlboro country.
"Marlboro country" was part of an advertising campaign for
Marlboro cigarettes. Pussycat Theater was a chain of porn
theaters in California from 1966-1992.
Caesar's Palace and
Golden Nugget are both casinos in Las Vegas (Golden
Nugget has locations in other gambling-mecca cities as
Page 42 intimates that humans consider dogs partners in
survival in the war-torn future against the machines of 2029.
Page 42 reveals that the hotel in which the Terminator has
taken shelter is called the Panama Hotel in the Silver Lake
district. Silver Lake is an actual, trendy district in
central Los Angeles. The
Panama Hotel depicted appears to be fictional.
Page 43 reveals that the Terminator is booked in the
Panama Hotel as "Mr. Smith" (the clerk chose to enter him
that way when the behemoth neglected to sign the register).
Page 43 mentions the Terminator coming down Ventura Canyon
Road like a god descending Olympus. There is no
Ventura Canyon Road, but there is a Ventura Canyon Avenue in
Los Angeles. "Olympus" is a reference to Mount Olympus in
Greece which was the mythological home of the Greek gods.
Page 43 also reveals that the chronoporting of the T-800
fused electrical circuits in the L.A. neighborhood in which
he arrived for a hundred-meter circumference.
Also on page 43, the Terminator sees a woman getting into
Page 44 describes the Terminator cruising down Los Feliz in
his stolen Ford Kingswood Estate until it
"knifes into Sunset". Actually, Los Feliz Boulevard knifes
into Western Avenue, which pierces Sunset after a few
On page 45, the Terminator raids some tools from a hardware
knives. In the novel, he uses the X-Acto blades to slice
open the legs of the Sarah Connor victims, but in the movie
we also see him use one to cut out his damaged organic
eyeball, exposing the robotic one beneath.
Page 45 mentions Melrose. This is an actual avenue in L.A.,
a dining, entertainment, and shopping destination.
A number of guns are named by the Terminator on page 46,
during his visit to the gun shop. These are all real
firearms, except for the plasma pulse laser, mentioned in
the film study above.
Page 48 describes how it took the Terminator about 16
minutes to adjust himself to the driving patterns of 1984
Los Angeles and master his stolen automobile.
Page 49 mentions Fountain Boulevard, but it is presumably
referring to Fountain Avenue in the Silver Lake district of
Page 49 reveals that the man at the pay phone who gets
tossed aside by the Terminator is named Carlyle Leidle and
he had just crashed his Harley 900 when the muffler of a
1968 Dodge van fell off in front of him. "Harley 900" is
presumably a reference to the 1954-1956 KH Model 900-cc
motorcycle made by
Harley-Davidson. A 1968
van would have been of the A100 line. In the movie, Mr.
Leidle tells his old lady on the phone that his bike "broke
Page 51 has Sarah reminiscing about a boy she briefly dated
in her high school days, a varsity football player named
Rich Welker. It reveals that she had become a cheerleader in
her senior year just to be near him.
Page 52 reveals that Sarah attended Linguistics class with
Professor Miller on Fridays at the college. Her next class
is Psych 104, which she attends with an annoying classmate
named Rod Smith who puts the moves on her.
On page 54, the toy truck is being fought over by two
children, Mike and Linda, before it is knocked out of
Linda's hands and into the street, where the Terminator runs
over it with his station wagon. The children's names of Mike
and Linda were surely inspired by the actors playing Reese
and Sarah in the movie, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton.
Page 55 mentions the cartoon Tom and Jerry. This is
a reference to the cartoons about a cat, Tom, and a mouse,
Jerry, produced by MGM at various times since 1940.
Page 57 reveals that the manager of Big Jeff's is named
On page 58, Chuck Breen brags about using an
Macintosh 128K in his manager's office at Big Jeff's.
The Apple Macintosh was introduced in 1984.
On page 62, after spilling a glass of water on the
jacket of a restaurant patron, Sarah asks, "That isn't real
leather, is it?" In the book, it is, apparently, real
leather, but in the movie the patron shakes his head "no".
Also, here it is a little girl who afterwards plops a scoop of ice
cream into Sarah's tip pouch, not a boy as in the movie.
Also on page 62, Reese finds himself at the corner of Pico
and Doheny in Century City. This is an actual intersection
in the Century City district of west Los Angeles. Reese also
touches Spaulding and Alcott, two other streets in the
area. As he moves through the city, Reese tries to project
an aura of stillness, "like a skid-row Buddha", so as not to
be noticed. Buddha was the Indian
spiritual teacher Siddhārtha Gautama whose teachings began
the Buddhist religion.
Page 63 mentions
Before hot-wiring the Ford LTD, Reese attempts to steal a
On page 65, the vocals of Jim Morrison are playing on the
radio of Reese's LTD, "Take the highway to the end of the
night..." Morrison was the lead singer/songwriter of The
Doors from 1965-71. The lyrics are from the Doors' 1967 song
"End of the Night". Later, Reese changes the station to
real world AM news station in L.A.
Page 65 reveals that Reese is wearing a stolen digital
watch. It doesn't say where or from whom he stole it from,
but possibly from a sporting goods store he is stated to
have broken into earlier that night to steal boxes of
On page 66, Reese picks up some supplies at a liquor store
on Crenshaw, including two bottles of
Snickers bars...and a copy of
Cosmopolitan magazine! (He looks at the ads
featuring beautiful women.) Crenshaw Boulevard is a major
thoroughfare in the Crenshaw district of L.A.
Reese watches the treads of a
Caterpillar churn up dirt at the construction site on
page 67, reminding him of the H-K's in his own time.
In the flashback to Reese's time in the war in 2029, the CRT
screen in Reese's helmet goes dead.
CRT stands for cathode ray tube. CRT monitors were commonly
used on computers for decades before being largely replaced
by slimmer LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors since 2000.
Possibly the technology never went out of style in the
Skynet-ruled future of the Terminator universe.
female soldier Reese works with in the flashback and who
dies from an H-K laser is revealed here to have been
Reese spies a dead boy, still clutching an
ancient M-16; the M-16 is the most widely distributed U.S.
military semi- and full-automatic rifle from 1962 to present
Explosions fall eastwards from Rexford to Sherborne
(sic); Sherbourne Drive does actually exist several blocks
east of Rexford Drive.
On page 71, a
Camaro has been converted into an APC (Armored
Page 73 reveals the small black-and-white TV watched by the
waitresses in the employee lounge at Big Jeff's is a
Page 74 reveals that the second Sarah Connor (Sarah Helene
Connor) lived in Hancock Park. Hancock Park is an affluent
residential neighborhood of central Los Angeles.
Page 75 reveals that both Matt and Ginger work at Good Life
Health Spa in Santa Monica. This appears to be a fictional
business, though there is currently a spa by that name in
Suisun City, CA.
Also on page 75, Ginger's calisthenics class is dancing to
the music of Deniece Williams. Williams is a real world
singer/songwriter known mostly for funk and soul music.
Page 75 also reveals that one of the menu items at Big
Jeff's is a Jiffy Burger.
Page 76 refers to Ginger grimacing like a D.I. at her
calisthenics students. D.I.=Drill Instructor.
Page 76 also refers to Night of the Living Dead,
the first of five Living Dead horror films
made by director George Romero, this one in 1968.
After hearing about the first Sarah Connor murder from her
Sarah, Ginger hums a tune and says, "There's a signpost up
ahead..." The tune and quote are from the original 1959-1964
TV series, The Twilight Zone.
Page 79 reveals that Traxler and Vukovich's precinct is in
the Rampart district. Rampart is the LAPD's name for its
district which is the most densely populated part of L.A.,
west and northwest of downtown. Also revealed is Traxler's
full name, Edward Theodore Traxler and Vukovich's first
On page 80, Vukovich lights a Camel, a brand of cigarette
made by the R.J. Reynolds tobacco company.
On page 81, Vukovich tells Traxler, in reference to the
Sarah Connor murders, that the press is "gonna be short
strokin' it all over this one." I'm not sure what he means
by "short stroking"; possibly it is a condescending
reference to self-pleasuring, i.e. masturbation.
Page 81 reveals that Traxler chews
On page 82, Vukovich tosses Traxler a bottle of
Page 83 reveals that Sarah's date, Stan Morski, studies film
at USC and his father is a television producer.
(University of Southern California) is well-known for its
On page 83, Sarah describes Stan Morski as a cross between
Tom Cruise and Pee-Wee Herman.
Tom Cruise is a world-renowned movie star. Pee-Wee Herman is
a well-known comical character created and portrayed by
comedian Paul Reubens in television, film, and stage acts.
Also on page 83, when Ginger is impressed that Stan drives a
Porsche, Sarah remarks that Hitler had a Porsche, too. I'm
not sure Hitler actually owned a Porsche, but he did
commission Austrian-German auto engineer Ferdinand Porsche
to design a practical small car for the masses and Ferdinand
designed what became the Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche also
designed military vehicles and tanks for the Nazi war
machine and is the founder of the Porsche
Page 84 mentions Barry Manilow and Twisted Sister. Manilow
has been a popular singer/songwriter since 1964.
Twisted Sister is a heavy metal music band that has been
playing off and on since 1972.
As she leaves for the evening on page 87, Sarah's Honda Elite scooter is chained in the
parking structure of her apartment. But in the film, she
does not have it chained when she arrives at its parking spot.
Feeling spooked while in the parking structure alone, Sarah
thinks of Theresa Saldana and Sal Mineo. These were both
actors who were attacked by stalkers in the 1970s and '80s,
though Saldana survived her attack, while Mineo did not.
On page 88, Lt. Traxler struggles past the crowd of
reporters in the station hallway, including an Eyewitness
News minicam crew. This is likely a reference to the
Eyewitness News broadcast of L.A. station
KABC, Channel 7.
On page 90, Traxler smokes a Pall Mall,
a brand of cigarette made by the R.J. Reynolds tobacco
A Niagra of blood is said to be pumping past his ears as
Matt makes love to Ginger on page 92. Niagra is a reference
to Niagara Falls at New York's
Niagara Falls State Park.
After Stan cancels their date, Sarah decides to see a Burt
Reynolds car-chase comedy at the Picwood Theater. Picwood
was an actual theater on Pico Blvd. at the time, but was
closed and demolished in 1985.
Burt Reynolds is a well-known American actor. The car chase
comedy Sarah went to see was most likely intended to be a
reference to Cannonball Run II, which was released in
1984...but it was released on June 29, months after the
March 9 date given at the beginning of the book.
On page 94, the newscaster mentions the
after reporting on the second Sarah Connor murder. In the
movie, he moves on to a story about a spectacular fire
Looking at the listings of the three Sarah Connors in the
phone book, Sarah realizes they've been killed in order and she
is the last, thinking, Then there was none. Isn't that
how it went? Three pretty Sarahs, all in a row. She is
mixing a children's song, "Ten Little Indians" ("then there
were none"), and a nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite
Contrary" ("pretty maids all in a row").
On page 97, the cops staking out Sarah's apartment are
talking about the
when they are called to a 211 on Venice Boulevard. In the
movie, the 211 is at 3rd and Cameron (but there is no
Cameron in L.A.). At least here, Venice Blvd. is, in fact,
in close proximity to Jasmine Avenue, where Sarah's
apartment is located.
On page 99, Ginger begins fixing herself a sandwich on
On page 100, Ginger listens to Prince and the Revolution on
Prince and the Revolution was an American rock band, active
1979–1986. On page 101, Ginger is listening to "Let's Go
Crazy", suggesting she is listening to the band's debut
album, 1984's Purple Rain (a movie soundtrack).
However, again, the album was not released until June 25th
of that year.
Fighting the Terminator on page 101, Matt swings a brass
lamp like a Reggie Jackson homer. Jackson is a former Major
League Baseball player, active 1967–1987.
Also on page 101, Ginger builds her sandwich into what is
called "a carbohydrate tower of Babel". The Tower of Babel
is known in the
real world mostly for its part in the story of the Book
of Genesis in the Old Testament of The
Bible, a tower built by humanity in an attempt to reach
Despite Pugsly still running loose, as established on page
100, the iguana is stated to be in his terrarium on page
103...and then loose again on top of the book shelf on page
107! It seems the authors forgot to keep track of Pugsly's
Following Sarah to Tech Noir, Reese recognizes it from
history as a nightclub and is reminded of the name Sinatra.
This is a reference to Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), a singer
and actor who got his start in nightclubs and whose
repertoire has become a staple of nightclub musical acts.
On page 113, Reese hopes the Terminator chasing Sarah is a
700 Series model, not an 800. In the movie, a Series model
is never mentioned, with Reese only referring to it as a
Cyberdyne Systems model 101 (according to James Cameron,
models that all look like actor Arnold Schwarzenegger); we
don't learn of the T-800 Series designation until
Judgment Day. A T-700 is not officially seen and
identified until Salvation. Cyberdyne is, of
course, a fictional company, though there is a modern
Japanese company called Cyberdyne, founded in 2004, which
manufactures powered exoskeletons which the company claims
"augments body movement and increases user strength by up to
Page 115 reveals that the Terminator has his Uzi holstered
in a De Santo shoulder jig under his jacket. I believe this
is intended to be a reference to
DeSantis Holster & Leather Goods, which has made various
types of hidden gun holsters since 1972.
As Reese and Sarah are being chased by the Terminator, Reese
tries to hit the gas tank of a '67 Impala parked on the
street with his shotgun to cause an explosion. The
Impala is a car model built by Chevrolet.
Page 120 reveals that the cop killed by the Terminator on
Pico in order to take his police cruiser was named Nick
Page 120 mentions Crescent Heights. This is an area of Los
Angeles through which runs
Crescent Heights Boulevard.
On page 121, Reese heads the LTD down Pico, towards the
ocean and passing La Cienega. Pico Blvd. does, in fact, run
east-west through L.A., the westbound lanes ending at the
coastline and crosses the north-south-running
La Cienega Blvd. Before reaching the ocean, Reese swings
onto Oakhurst and then Whitworth, followed by Rexford; one
can actually follow these directions on an L.A. map. During
the chase, Reese rides alongside a slow-moving
Toyota to dodge the T-800 in the police cruiser. On page
123, Reese has driven back onto Pico and then south on
On page 122, Reese heads down Olympic Boulevard.
Olympic Boulevard was called 10th Street prior to the 1932
Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles (though the Los Angeles
Memorial Coliseum, where the Summer Olympics were held in
1932 and 1984, is not even located on Olympic!).
As the Terminator drives the stolen police cruiser, unit
1-L-19, he is forced to respond to dispatch in Officer
Delaney's voice, saying he's "westbound on Olympic
approaching Overland." Overland Avenue does cross Olympic.
On page 124, Reese drives the car through a small alley near
Glendon and later pulls into a parking complex. A police
dispatch on page 128 states it's at Colby and La Grange.
These are references to Glendon, Colby, and La Grange Avenues in L.A.
However, at least in the current day, there is no parking
structure at the intersection of Colby and La Grange.
On page 128, the Terminator is driving through Westwood on
Sepulveda, turning onto Massachusetts. Westwood is a
neighborhood in the Westside region of L.A. This includes
Sepulveda Boulevard and
Hearing the police dispatch that the suspect vehicle has
been located at the parking structure at Colby and La Grange
on page 128, the Terminator swings his car around, narrowly
Volkswagen Bug loaded with stoners returning from a Van
Halen concert. Van Halen is an American hard rock band
formed in 1972 and still playing.
Page 131 describes the concentration camps for humans as
"the Final Solution for homo sapiens (sic)".
The original Final Solution was Nazi Germany's
plan for the systematic extermination of Jews, what Hitler
referred to as "the final solution to the Jewish question".
On page 133, the Terminator's police cruiser clips the
fender of a Chevy pickup truck. "Chevy" is a colloquial
nickname for automobiles produced by
Page 138 refers to CinemaScope.
CinemaScope is type of anamorphic camera lens, used for shooting
in widescreen film formats from 1953-1967.
The book reveals that Sarah will have a metal pin surgically
implanted in her leg at some point in the future. The
Terminator assumes she already has it, and that is why he
sliced open the legs of the two other Sarah Connors he
killed, in an attempt to confirm her identity. These scenes do not appear
in the film.
On page 149, a typo turns the word "umpire" into "unpire".
Traxler refers to police special forces as SWAT rather than
TAC as he does in the film.
Page 150 reveals that Sarah's mother was a registered nurse
and that she lives in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino is a city about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
Yet, on page 198, she is in Big Bear, a mountain community
about 96 miles east of L.A., where she is said to live in
Page 151 reveals that Lt. Traxler is carrying a .357 Magnum
caliber handgun in a shoulder holster. In the movie, he
carried a standard .38 Special, as in revealed in a deleted
On page 151, Vukovich tells Traxler to have another
Also on page 151, Traxler muses that Reese has a look like
some of the special forces guys who went to 'Nam and
participated in the Tet offensive. These are references to
the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. The Tet
offensive was a series of attacks in phases made by the Viet
Cong and North Vietnamese Army against South Vietnam roughly
from January-September of 1968. Traxler estimates that Reese
would have been about 4 years old during the Tet offensive;
of course, Reese wasn't even born yet at that time, being
from the future and born roughly around 2009!
Trying to dismiss Reese's story, Sarah asks herself why the
attacker is targeting her and not Mertyle Cornwaithe or John
"Mertyle Cornwaithe" appears to be an entirely made-up name
simply intended to have an unlikely moniker for her to attach to a
terrifying event. "John Smith" is often used as a
generic-sounding name in English-speaking countries.
On page 152, Sarah wonders why an insane man (Reese) would
concoct the bizarre story of her future son's nativity.
"Nativity" is from the Latin word "nativitatem", meaning
"birth". Of course, the (usually capitalized) word
"nativity" has become synonymous in Western culture with the
birth of Christ and John Connor does seem to be something of
a messiah and savior of humanity; notice that his initials
are J.C., frequently used in fictional stories featuring
protagonists that are meant to be symbolic or satirical
stand-ins for Jesus Christ (the novelization of Judgment
Day even has Sarah realizing that one of the reasons
she's thought of as crazy by the doctors at Pescadero
State Hospital is that she has named her son to have those
initials and has claimed he will save humanity).
Hour of the Wolf has Cyberdyne executive Oscar Cruz
thinking of John Connor's resemblance, and possible
connection to, the returned Messiah.
As Dr. Silberman is leaving the police station on page 153,
his pager goes off, showing his home number, indicating that
Douglas was calling to find out when he would be home.
Though it is after 2:30 in the morning, Dr. Silberman is
"wide awake and feeling aggressive" and hoping Douglas would
still be up when he got home. Who is Douglas? His son? His
gay lover? This is the only mention of Douglas in the novel.
In Judgment Day, the abusive head attendant at Pescadero
State Hospital, where Dr. Silberman then works, is also
named Douglas, but it's unknown if this is the same
character. (In the
Judgment Day novelization, Douglas claims his is
married when Sarah tries to come on to him in an attempt to
win him over to her side.)
Page 154 reveals that Reese is soon to be transferred to the
psycho ward at County General. This is presumably a
reference to Los Angeles County General Hospital, also known
Angeles County+USC Medical Center. The hospital does
have a psychiatric, as well as jail, ward.
Page 155 suggests that John Connor warned Reese to trust no
one and depend on nothing during his mission in 1984.
Page 158 hints that Sarah's father may have been an angry
man. Whether he was truly abusive is not stated.
On page 159, the Terminator has his
AR-180 banana clips taped together
jungle style. A banana clip (in this
case, the more accurate term should
be "banana magazine") is the curved
type of ammunition magazine often
used on assault rifles. "Jungle
style" is the term used for two ammo
clips taped together for quick
reloading; in the Terminator's case
here, inverse-style, butt-to-butt.
Pages 161-162 describe Reese driving the stolen Pinto down
Alameda to the I-10 East, then the Pomona Freeway east, 57
South, and off on Brea Canyon Road, where he and Sarah ditch
the car down a canyon slope when it's about to run out of
gas. The two spend the night in a concrete drainage culvert
under the 57. Again, one can actually follow along with
these directions on a map.
In the glove box of the Pinto, Reese finds
Bismol and a Thomas Brothers map. Thomas Brothers made a
popular series of street maps and street atlases from
1915-1999. Thomas Guides are now published by Rand-McNally.
On page 162, Reese tells Sarah they may need to head to
Mexico to disappear. This may be what inspires Sarah
to have hideouts/contacts in Mexico as seen in Judgment
Page 169 reveals that Reese used to be a member of a street
pack as a youth, but he broke off from it when he was old
enough to join up with the resistance.
On page 169, Reese recalls his briefing about Sarah Connor
before he was sent back in time. He was told that she was a
20-year old student and waitress who at this point in her
life had no unusual survival abilities or talents.
Pages 169-170 describe John Connor as a man who became a
brooding loner after his mother died, lacking intimate
relations with anyone. This is a fairly accurate description
of the John Connor seen in Rise of the Machines,
though the future John is revealed to have had a wife named
Kate Brewster in that film.
On page 173, Sarah slips into REM sleep.
REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement and
refers to the rapid back-and-forth movement of the eyeballs
under a sleeping person's eyelids when they enter dream
Page 174 describes an aerial HK as maneuvering like an
Aircobra helicopter. I have not been able to find any
confirmation of an Aircobra helicopter; there was a WWII-era
American fighter plane called the Bell P-39 Airacobra.
Page 175 refers to Mulholland Drive. This is a road through
the Santa Monica mountains which drops down into Hollywood.
The resistance bunker seen in the
flashback is revealed to be called
Firebase E-9, once D level of the
parking structure underneath the ABC
Entertainment Center in Century
City. This is located at 2040 Avenue
of the Stars in Los Angeles.
Page 177 reveals that during the battle against Skynet that
was being waged on the day Reese went back in time, John
Connor was coordinating a dozen major offensives throughout
the world over a mobile communications unit, using Skynet's
own hacked satellites.
In the book, the photo of Sarah that was given to Reese by John was a
Polaroid (in the movie its a Kodamatic). Polaroid is the company that
introduced instant film to the camera community in 1948 and
the photos taken on this film were often referred to as
Polaroid prints or just Polaroids. The Polaroid company has
not manufactured instant film since 2008 due to falling
sales as a result of the popularity of digital cameras.
On page 182, Reese and Sarah are walking through an
uninhabited pocket of chaparral between Diamond Bar and
Brea. There is, in fact, a range of chaparral hills between
these two cities.
Page 183 reveals that the Terminator sewed up or Krazy Glued
the most severe tears in the flesh of its body.
Glue is a brand name of instant glue.
Page 184 reveals that the Terminator could operate at full
power for 24 hours a day on its existing power cell for
1,095 days. Under normal operation with periods of
inactivity, it could easily last through the upcoming
nuclear devastation and check in with Skynet afterward for
Page 185 mentions I-5 and several southern California
cities, plus Orange County and El Toro Marine Base. These
are all real locations in southern California.
The pickup truck that picked up Reese and Sarah gets off the
I-5 at Sand Canyon Road and stops at a
gas station. However, there is no Sand Canyon exit off the
I-5 and Sand Canyon Road is not in Irvine as stated as the
destination by the driver earlier. It seems that the authors
may be referring to the Sand Canyon Road exit on SR-14 in
Santa Clarita; there is even a Mobil station at this off
ramp! But later, they seem to walk, within a couple of
hours, to the Tikki Motel, described as south of Camp
Pendleton Marine Corps Base, which is almost 130 miles south
of Santa Clarita! Page 193 goes on to reveal that the Tikki
Motel is in Oceanside, which is south of Camp Pendleton.
On page 189, Sarah sees a couple of kids playing with a
football. Nerf sells products made of a solid but light and
spongy material for safe indoor/outdoor play.
Also on page 189, Sarah sees a Lincoln Continental at the
Mobil station. This was a luxury car model made by Ford at
intervals from 1939-2002.
On page 194, Sarah acknowledges that the motel is not the
Waldorf. This a reference to the original Waldorf Hotel in
New York City, known for its luxurious accommodations.
On page 196, Reese saunters into what he considers the Fort
Knox of food, though it is only a supermarket.
Fort Knox is the United States Bullion
Depository, where the U.S. Federal Government's gold reserve
is kept, at Fort Knox Army Base in Kentucky.
Page 197 mentions the
On page 199, the Terminator's presumably-stolen motorcycle
is said to be a 900-cc
On page 200, the Terminator is travelling down the
southbound 215. This is an actual freeway running through
the Inland Empire region of southern California.
On page 207, the vehicle stolen by Reese and Sarah at the
motel is a Ford Bronco, but that is not the make of the
vehicle in the film.
On page 211, the chase drives past a Datsun 240-Z. The
Datsun 240-Z was a 2-door coupe sports car manufactured by
Datsun (now Nissan) from 1969–1978.
Page 211 reveals that Reese uses a
lighter to ignite the fuses on the pipe bombs he uses
against the Terminator.
On page 212, a
Corvette spins out on the freeway and is blown into
splintered fiberglass by an out of control truck on the
On page 216, the Terminator kills the driver of the
tractor-trailer, with the man's limp body melting "onto the
pavement like a mass of Jell-O and broken sticks."
is a gelatin dessert made by Kraft Foods.
Page 231 claims that the factory in which the Terminator was
destroyed was in the city of Leucadia, CA and that it was
not Cyberdyne itself; a microchip is found by researchers
Jack Kroll and Greg Simmons, employees of the company that
owns the factory (revealed in the novelization of
Judgment Day to be
Kleinhaus Electronics), and they leave the company to start their
own venture based on the chip under the name Cyberdyne.
However, the films take precedence in the continuity and the
Judgment Day film states that the factory was owned by
Cyberdyne from the start. Also, a deleted scene in The
Terminator film shows a phone book entry for Cyberdyne
that shows its facilities as located at 18144 El Camino
Real, Sunnyvale, California; this is an actual address,
though there is no Cyberdyne facility there, of course, and
the city of Sunnyvale is about 350 miles north of Los
Angeles! Additionally, "Tempest" Part 1 (and later
installments of the various Dark Horse Comics Terminator
mini-series) implies that Dr. Bertram Hollister founded
Page 235 reveals that the Mexican gas station that Sarah
stops at at the end of the film is outside the town of
Buenaventura. This may be the town in the Mexican state of
Chihuahua. "Buenaventura" means "good
luck" in Spanish.
Page 235 also reveals the gun carried by Sarah is a .357
Python and her German Shepherd is named Pugsly, Jr.
Page 236 reveals that Sarah devised a plan while recovering
in the hospital from the encounter with the Terminator. After her release, she emptied her meager
bank account, collected on her murdered mother's life
insurance, bought the German Shepherd, the .357, and the
Jeep, and is now heading for the southern tip of South
America to give birth to John and raise him to be prepared
for the coming war and its aftermath where he was relatively
safe from the coming nuclear attack. (Something must have
happened to scare her away from South America within the
Endgame timeline, because she gives birth to her child
in Odessa, Texas in "Endgame" Part 3.)
Page 237 reveals that Sarah refers to the audio recordings
she is making for her son as "The Book".
Page 237 also reveals that the leg injury Sarah receives in the
factory from a piece of the metallic debris of the
Terminator's body resulted in the pin in her leg bone that
the Terminator was searching for in the two other Sarah
Connors he had killed.
On page 238, Sarah speculates that the old man tending the
gas station might be full Yaqui. Yaqui are the indigenous
people of the Rio Yaqui valley in the Mexican state of
Sonora. His red-rimmed eyes are said to be the result of too
much of the cheap local mescal; mescal is an alcoholic drink
made from maguey, a Mexican agave plant.
What happened to Pugsley, Sarah's pet iguana? Did someone
adopt him after the massacre at the apartment? Or did he go
Early drafts of the script had the Terminator eating a
chocolate bar at one point because it needed food to sustain
the flesh covering its metallic body. The scene was cut from
the final draft, but should we assume that the Terminator
does need to eat anyway? Otherwise, how is it able to maintain
it's biological elements without organic sustenance? And if
it does eat, does it also needs to excrete waste in a manner
similar to humans? The later
novel An Evil Hour claims the Terminator does not
need any human food.
"Secondary Objectives" Part 2, the Terminator I825.M
(later known as Dudley) is seen to consume potato chips,
though he is actually a human who has been converted into a
part-Terminator by Skynet.
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