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'Terminator 2' motorcycle, other props stop by Milwaukee Harley museum

Movie buffs and motorcycle fans can conjure memories of a 1991 Hollywood blockbuster -- starring California’s former governor -- at a new exhibition at a Milwaukee museum.

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is the name of  both the film and the display that opens Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum. At its core is a time-worn Fat Boy Harley ridden throughout the movie by actor and later California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The film also starred Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the story about a cyborg (Schwarzenegger) whose job is to protect Connor’s son, John (Edward Furlong). Their nemesis is T-1000, a slippery cyborg played by Robert Patrick.

In a July 3, 1991, review, Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan praised director James Cameron and his sci-fi film. “Equally at home in small-scale skirmishes like one-on-one chases down narrow corridors and complex, bravura effects involving tottering helicopters, exploding buildings and as many as five different special effects houses, Cameron flamboyantly underlines, for those who may have forgotten, why the pure adrenaline rush of motion is something motion pictures can't live for very long without.”

The Milwaukee exhibit, in the Custom Culture gallery on the museum’s main floor, also includes a variety of props used in the movie, including a costume worn by Schwarzenegger and mock weapons.

“The ‘T2’ motorcycle is a great addition to our collection, and it signifies one of the most important film roles our product has played in pop culture history,” Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum, said in a news release.

The memorabilia will remain on display throughout 2014.

The Harley-Davidson museum is home to hundreds of historic motorcycles and related artifacts. Its most prized possession is the bike bearing serial number “1,” built in Milwaukee in 1903.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. daily for the rest of April. It opens at 9 a.m. May through September. Admission is $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-17.

Info: Harley-Davidson Museum, (877) 436-8738.

 

 

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