Hasta la vista, baby

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"Hasta la vista, baby"
Character Terminator
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger
First used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Voted #76 in AFI's 100 Movie Quotes poll
Arnold Schwarzenegger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

"Hasta la vista, baby" is a catchphrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger's title character from the 1991 science fiction thriller film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Origin[edit]

The term "Hasta la vista" is a Spanish farewell that can be literally translated as "Until the (next) sighting" and means "See you later" and "Goodbye". This term, with the added word "baby" - "Hasta la vista, baby" - was used in the popular hit song from 1987, "Looking for a New Love" by Grammy Award winner Jody Watley.[1] It was also used in the 1988 Tone Lōc single "Wild Thing". The use of the term in Terminator 2: Judgment Day immortalized it as a popular catchphrase worldwide.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day[edit]

"Hasta la vista, baby" became a world-famous catchphrase when it was used in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which was written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. The phrase is featured in an exchange between the film's characters John Connor (Edward Furlong) and The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger):

John Connor: No, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don't say "affirmative", or some shit like that. You say "no problemo". And if someone comes on to you with an attitude you say "eat me". And if you want to shine them on it's "hasta la vista, baby".
The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.

The Terminator says the phrase again prior to shattering the frozen T-1000 with a gunshot.

In the Spanish language version of the film, the phrase was dubbed as "Sayonara, baby" to preserve its humorous nature among Spanish speaking audiences.[2]

Politics[edit]

Schwarzenegger has since used the phrase during public speeches as part of his political career. During the 1992 Republican primaries, Pat Buchanan challenged President George H. W. Bush for the nomination. Schwarzenegger joined George Bush in New Hampshire and urged voters to send Pat Buchanan a message: "Hasta la vista, baby."[3]

On October 7, 2003, Schwarzenegger was elected in recall election Governor of California. The Michigan Daily titled its article "Voters bid 'hasta la vista' to Davis".[4]

On November 17, 2008, Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN: “There are so many different challenges California has — it’s the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. Hasta la vista, baby!” [5]

In 2008, Schwarzenegger met with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet during her state visit to California. Bachelet closed her public speech with the phrase "Hasta la vista" and imitated Schwarzenegger's accent.[6]

Other usage[edit]

Hasta la Vista

The phrase was also used in the Bollywood movie Main Hoon Na, which went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of 2004. It also appeared in the Rugrats episode "Angelica Breaks a Leg", in which Angelica impersonates the phrase before being sent away by Didi. It was also the title of the live album Hasta la Vista Baby! U2 Live in Mexico City recorded by U2 in 1997. The album's title comes from Schwarzenegger's catchphrase. It has also been used as a title for songs and albums of several other bands, as well as being the title of a criminal novel (Russian: Аста Ла Виста, беби!) written by Tatiana Polakowa (ISBN 5-699-09657-4).[7] This book was translated into Polish and edited in 2008 (ISBN 978-83-60192-81-8).[8] This phrase was also used in a Telugu movie, Billa. It is also used as the title of a song in the movie Camp Rock. It is also referred by Raven in the fourth season of That's So Raven when Arnold's former wife Maria Shriver makes a guest appearance.

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